The LA Rams had to defeat the Seattle Seahawks to compete in the NFC West
Well, the LA Rams showed up and played their hearts out. Phew, after a well-fought game between the LA Rams and the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams came out on top. The victory gives the Rams a share of the division lead in the NFC West.
The Rams needed to win this game especially after seeing the rival Arizona Cardinals win their game at home against the Buffalo Bills. The team needed this win because of the wild-card race and the divisional race. It looks like the battered San Francisco 49ers will fall short of a playoff berth this season, as the Super Bowl hangover continues to plague them. The NFC West division race is getting tight and the Rams had an amazing game-plan against Seattle.
Tough sledding, safe ride
The team played it safe against Seattle and avoided anything flashy gadget plays. Instead, the team focused on controlling the clock throughout the game. That allowed the defense to pressure quarterback Russell Wilson all day long. Of course, Russell Wilson made some amazing plays just like he always does. He seems to have elusiveness as his quarterback superpower and is almost impossible to stop.
While Wilson showed just how tough he is to bring down, Rams’ defensive coordinator Brandon Staley called a fabulous game. Defensive back Jalen Ramsey, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, outside linebacker Terrell Lewis, and defensive back Darious Williams played like their lives depended on the outcome. Williams had two perfectly timed interceptions that killed Seattle’s momentum. Truthfully, he actually had three, but a penalty negated his first interception, a pick-six.
DB Ramsey completely locked D.K. Metcalf down, limiting the outstanding receiver to just two catches for 28 yards. After the game, we learned that the two receptions occurred during zone-coverage. Ramsey proved why he deserved his record-breaking contract signed earlier in the season. Metcalf did almost nothing the entire game. Meanwhile, both Leonard Floyd and Terrell Lewis were all over the place, with five quarterback sacks.
The victory did not come without a cost. The Rams lost LT Andrew Whitworth, S Taylor Rapp, K Kai Forbath, and LG David Edwards to injury. Only Edwards was able to return. The loss of Andrew Whitworth is one of the worst things that could’ve happened to the team. It’s so unfortunate. We all hope that the injury is minor. However, the team did use the cart to get him back to the locker room for examination.
That could mean extended rehabilitation. Hopefully, everything turns out well and he will come back stronger than ever. While this is a tough setback, the team did seem to do rather well when Joseph Noteboom stepped in for Whitworth. . The loss of kicker Kai Forbath is huge as well. The injury bug has definitely hit the Rams. Hopefully, the team stays healthy moving forward.