The Seattle Seahawks treated fans, as well as the Rams, to an midday treat by serving up a big, fat donut to go with their Seattle's Best Coffee in their 28-0 shutout of St. Louis Sunday afternoon.
Seattle got off to a bumpy start in their home opener, turning the ball over three times in their first four possessions(two interceptions by QB Matt Hasselbeck and a fumble by WR Nate Burleson). However, the Rams couldn't capitalize. The Seahawks' swarming defense sacked QB Marc Bulger three times and provided excellent coverage all game as Bulger was only able to complete 17 passes on 36 attempts for a mere 191 yards. The D also held Rams star running back Steven Jackson to 67 yards. After former Seahawks kicker Josh Brown shanked a 38-yard field goal attempt amidst a cacophony of boos, the Seahawks offense took over and never looked back.
Hassellbeck spread the ball around on this over-matched Rams defense, hitting tight end John Carlson for two scores and connecting with Burleson for another. The Seahawks even unleashed the Wildcat, with backup QB Seneca Wallace tossing a pass to Hasselbeck, Hasselbeck then passing back to Wallace, who scampered for 24 yards. The Seahawks' much-maligned running game found a resurgence in its debut with starter Julius Jones notching 117 yards on 19 carries, the most notable of which was on a 62-yard touchdown for the game's final score in the third.
The game's biggest stars were the Seahawks' offensive line. Not only did they open up holes for Jones, but they did not allow a sack despite being without All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones and center Charles Spencer. However, it wouldn't be a Seahawks game without injuries. The team lost linebackers Leroy Hill(groin) and Lofa Tatupu(hamstring) by the third quarter, though coach Jim Mora doesn't believe their injuries are serious.
Whether it was dominance by a resurgent Seahawks team or ineptitude by a lousy Rams team, it was an impressive debut for Coach Mora's boys, who head off to San Francisco next week to take on the equally undefeated 49ers.
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Written by Dave Leonardis
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