The Seattle Seahawks continued their hot streak by smashing the St. Louis Rams 30-13 on Monday Night Football. The Seahawk defense was rarely challenged by the Rams, and after Seattle scored on a blocked punt in the first quarter, the Rams were never able to mount a serious comeback. There were plenty of mistakes by both teams, but Seattle was clearly better when all was said and done.
Rookie sensation Doug Baldwin got things started for Seattle by blocking St. Louis punter Donnie Jones’ kick (Baldwin also had 7 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown). Fullback and special teamer Michael Robinson was right behind Baldwin, and he scooped up the ball and rumbled into the end zone to give Seattle a lead it would never relinquish. The rest of the first half was a defensive struggle, with Seattle going into the locker room at half time with a 10-3 lead.
Things didn’t look much better at the beginning of the third quarter, as both teams were able to muster field goals but struggled on offense. However, Tarvaris Jackson and Marshawn Lynch finally got rolling near the end of the third quarter. After Leon Washington’s kick return put Seattle at midfield, Jackson completed three passes for fifty yards including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin. The touchdown extended Seattle’s lead to 20-6 and virtually ended any chance the Rams had of making a comeback.
After another Steven Hauschka field goal, the Rams were able to score a late touchdown thanks to several penalties on the Seattle secondary. However, Marshawn Lynch’s 16-yard touchdown scamper less than two minutes later finished off the Rams and sparked a skittle hailstorm in the end zone (for more on this click here). Take a look at the skittles and bags of skittles thrown in this video: Lynch’s touchdown against the Rams.
As a Seahawk fan, I was frustrated at many of the penalties and blown plays I saw my team commit last night. Despite the 30-13 final score, it was evident to me that it could, and perhaps should have been a much larger blowout. The Rams are one of the league’s worst teams, and have now scored four offensive touchdowns in their last six games. The Ram defense is not rated much better than the Ram offense, and has TEN injured cornerbacks. How the Seahawk failed to wipe the field with them in the first half somewhat puzzled me, but I never felt like the Rams could actually win the game.
Although the Seattle offense struggled in the first half, Jackson finished 21 of 34 passing for 224 yards and a touchdown. He recorded his second best passer rating of the year (96.4), and had the offense moving well in the second half. Running back Marshawn Lynch recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game out of his last six games, and scored a touchdown for the ninth consecutive game. The balance Seattle has started to find bodes well for the Seahawks’ chances in their last three games of the season.
Despite committing a few pass interference penalties, the Seahawk defense had a stellar night against the Rams. They held Sam Bradford (though he played with a sprained ankle) to just 12 completions out of 29 attempts, and Brandon Browner picked him off to record his fifth interception of the year. The box score says the Rams rushed for 114 yards, but about 50 of those yards came in garbage time as the Rams ran out the clock. Star running back Steven Jackson was largely bottled up, rushing 20 times for just 63 yards. The one player who burned the Seahawks on a few occasions was receiver Brandon Lloyd, but the Rams only completed five of the twelve passes thrown his way.
The Rams were not much of a test for the Seahawks, and Seattle was able to take an early lead and stay ahead for the rest of the game. There certainly is room for improvement for the Seahawks, but it is clear that they are a much improved team from where they were at the beginning of the season. With the youngest starting lineup in the league, the Seahawks are a team that is built for the future, but it fun to see them start to get closer to reaching their potential.
About the Author
Written by Erik Olsoy
Erik was born in Columbus, Ohio during the only Ohio State football victory over Michigan in the 1980s, but moved to Washington state and grew up there. His loyalty to Ohio State remains strong, but his strongest allegiances developed toward Seattle sports. Though he recently graduated from Boston College, he has not yet been converted to the ways of New England Sportsdom, and only roots for the Red Sox against the Yankees because the Yankees are the root of all evil.