Posted on December 18, 2017, by Travis Pulver
The Seattle Seahawks have had some issues lately. The offensive line is not very good. They don’t have much of a running game outside of their quarterback. The number of injuries they’ve had to weather on defense is unreal. Despite all of their issues, they entered Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams with a shot to gain control over the NFC West.
They haven’t looked great in recent weeks. But their issues were nothing a big win over a division opponent at home couldn’t cure. They would just need their once mighty defense to be mighty once again and for Russell Wilson to be—well, Russell Wilson.
But it just wasn’t meant to be. In fact, the loss was so bad, it was the worst the Seahawks have ever had under Pete Carroll. The Rams led 34-0 at the half and basically cruised through the second half en route to a 42-7 win.
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Rams running back Todd Gurley didn’t mince words when he talked about the win after the game (ESPN):
“We didn’t want to let up. These guys have been kicking our ass for the last 10, 15 years. You have to enjoy it. You have to take advantage of the situation.”
Gurley certainly did his part to help the team win with 152 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries along with three receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown.
Jared Goff didn’t hold back when asked about his running back following the game (ESPN):
“I might be a little biased, but I think he’s the best running back in the league. He’s the most complete running back. He can do it out of the backfield, he can do it in the passing game, he can do it in the pass-protection game….”
As usual, Russell Wilson was running for his life for most of the game. But while he is usually adept at keeping a play alive, the Rams defense was able to catch him. Aaron Donald led the charge with three of the Rams seven sacks. Robert Quinn had two and the Rams defense combined for nine hits on Wilson.
Wilson ended up completing 14 of 30 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Seahawks with five carries 39 yards. He also lost a fumble that set up a Rams touchdown in the second quarter. Most of Seattle’s yards came late in the game after the Rams had begun pulling their starters.
The Seahawks will need a lot of help to make the postseason now. They definitely have to win out, but with how they played against the Rams, it is hard to imagine them beating the Dallas Cowboys next week. Yes, Russell Wilson will be able to throw all day long on the Cowboys secondary.
But Ezekiel Elliot will be looking to emulate Todd Gurley’s performance after sitting out the last six games.
As for the Rams, it’s not time to rest everyone yet. They can still get a bye in the first round if they can win out and the Vikings lose two. They will face a Tennessee Titans team fighting for their playoff lives on Christmas Eve.