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Rams Return To Mediocrity, Fall To Seahawks

Posted By Chaz Ingram On Nov 21 2011 @ 2:34 pm In St. Louis Rams | No Comments

 

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The Seahawks rose above the Rams in a battle of divison dwellers

The beginning of Sunday’s game between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks gave you the feeling that the end would be great and the Rams would walk a way with their second win in a row.

The Seahawks were penalized 13 times in the game, the Rams had four sacks and a blocked punt,  QB Tavaris Jackson was intercepted on his first two pass attempts in the game.  In fact, the longest pass completion was not even made by Jackson but by WR Sidney Rice. All of this and the Rams still managed to lose to Seattle 24-7 on Sunday and fall to 2-8 on the season.

When Seattle began their first series on their 15 yard line head coach Pete Carroll went to his bag of tricks on the very first play of the game when Rice passed to WR Mike Williams for a 55 yard pass completion to the Rams’ 30 yard line. However, Jackson threw an interception on his first pass attempt and Rams’ fans breathed a sigh of relief. Though the Rams were unable to score after the turnover the defense had seemingly sent a message to the Seahawks with their aggressive play and overall energy in the previous series. That energy would carry over into the very next series.

Jackson, on his second pass attempt of the game threw his second interception of the game and Rams’ fan thought for sure fate was on the home team’s side.  After taking over at Seattle’s 27 yard line Rams’ QB Sam Bradford passed to WR Brandon Lloyd for a 30 yard TD and an early 7-0 lead. [2]

It was not to be, however, as Seattle’s defense buckled down the rest of the way and their offense did just enough to defeat the lowly Lambs.  Unfortunately that doesn’t take much these days as the Rams are the lowest scoring team in the league.

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Seattle's defensive end Chris Clemons gets one of his three sacks on Rams' QB Sam Bradford

The Rams never gave themselves much of a chance to score as they crossed into Seattle’s territory only three times in the entire game and gained a measly 185 total yards.  In a move that probably boggled the collective minds of the Seahawks the Rams went away from the game plan that had helped them to win two of their last three games, the running game. Running  back Steven Jackson was the driving force behind all those games as he rushed for over three hundred yards in each. Jackson rushed only 15 times for 42 yards against Seattle, his second lowest totals of the year. [4]

Seattle’s defense gave the Rams fits all day as they forced a season high 10 punts by punter Donnie Jones. But it was defensive end Chris Clemons  particularly who was a thorn in Bradford’s side and could have easily been mistaken for a Rams running back as often as hew was in their backfield.  He recorded three of the Seahawks’ five sacks and forced two fumbles both leading to TD’s.

Before the game had ended more than half of the announced crowd of 56,400 had exited the Edward Jones Dome…most likely because they thought the game was over because the Rams, for all intents and purposes had stopped playing.

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