After going a surprising 4-1-1 in the NFC West last season, the Rams went 1-5 inside the division this season, losing their last five since beating the Cardinals in week one. One of those five losses included the one on this Sunday to the Seahawks, which a frustrating one to say the least, and at times embarrassing.
In what is usually a ticky tacky game between the Rams and Seahawks, the officials failed to take control, and chippy doesn’t even begin to describe this one. Kendall Langford was ejected for “touching” an official and the Rams were penalized on numerous occasions for unsportsmanlike conduct.
On the game side of things the Rams failed to run the ball at all. The Rams gashed the Seahawks for over 200 yards on the ground in the first meeting, but that was not the case in this one. The Rams managed a mere 13 yards rushing on 18 carries. To say the least, Jake Long’s presence was missed.
The Seahawks on the other hand rushed for close to 100 yards compared to only 44 back in October. The Seahawks dominated the line of scrimmage similar to how the Rams did in the first game.
To get thing going for the Seahawks, Kellen Clemens threw a pass to Lance Kendricks which was high, but hit Kendricks in both hands. The pass bounced off Kendrick’s hands and was intercepted by Malcolm Smith who returned it for a touchdown to put the Seahawks up 7-0. That would be how things would go for the Rams in this one.
The Rams failed to get anything going in the first half, failing to take a snap across midfield. The Seahawks managed two field goals to go up 13-0 at the half.
After a Seahawks punt that was returned to the Seahawks 31 by Austin Pettis and a close interception that was bobbled by three Seahawk players, the Rams finally managed to put points on the board with a Greg Zuerlein field goal.
The Seahawks came back and answered however with a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run to out the Seahawks up 20-3. The ‘Hawks got one more knockout punch from Golden Tate to go up 27-3.
The Rams managed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a pass from Clemens to Cook in garbage time. The Rams went for two but failed to convert as the ball was dislodged from Cook’s hands at the last second.
To make matters even worse, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn failed to win the sack award losing by a mere half a sack to Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis who was gifted a sack after the game last week. Quinn will still be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year however.
The Rams had the chance to go 8-8 for the first time since 2006, and have Zac Stacy rush for over 1,00 yards, but to say the least, this game got out of hand. Either way, with their backup quarterback under center, the Rams still managed to meet their win total from last season with seven which is quite impressive and says a lot about this team.
The Rams will have quite an offseason ahead of them, they locked up the number two overall pick, and will have to make a lot of personnel decisions going into free agency. Seven wins may not have met expectations at the beginning of the season, but when you look at where this team was two years ago, seven wins looks pretty good.