The last time the Rams hosted the division-rival Seahawks, on September 18 last year, more than 90,000 fans stuffed themselves into Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to watch the Rams capture their first L.A. victory in more than 20 years. Here are three takeaways from the first half of action. If the Rams want to have success they'll need to pound the ball with Todd Gurley and limit the number of throws that Jared Goff has to make.
That's right. A semi-normal score and three touchdowns for the Seattle in a road win over at team that gave them fits under Jeff Fisher. But Seattle is getting back to better health on special teams with cornerback Neiko Thorpe back this week after sitting out the last two games with an ankle injury and D.J. Alexander also returning last week after missing the Tennessee game.
Seattle are the heavy favorites to win the division this year but some early slip-ups have given Los Angeles a real fighting chance.
Hope is far from lost for Seattle, though.
The two teams each looked impressive last week, with the Rams coming back from a deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys on the road and the Seahawks handling the Indianapolis Colts easily on Sunday Night Football. Goff has had plenty of time on his passes to get the ball out. The Rams are averaging a league-leading 35.5 points a game and the offense is fifth in total yards at 383.8 yards a game.
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Perhaps the biggest surprise of the season is the Rams offensive line. The team previously ruled out starting defensive end Cliff Avril because of a neck injury that Carroll said could be a long-term issue.
Tavon Austin scampered 27-yards for the first score of the game as the Rams went up early. As we previewed in our Seahawks breakdown, the Seahawks have struggled against the run but are still an elite pass defense. I don't come before this team, I don't come before this organization.
This has all made the Rams look like an incredible team through the quarter mark of the season. How about Gurley, who has rebounded from an bad sophomore season to thrive in new coach Sean McVay's offense. Russell Wilson has shown over the last six quarters that he can overcome poor offensive line play. Gurley's 596 yards rushing/receiving are second-highest total in National Football League, and most by Ram in first four games since Marshall Faulk had 615 in 2001. The Rams relied on Greg Zuerlein for seven field goals last week against Dallas, and punter Johnny Hekker always seems to help the Rams win the field position battle. He hasn't missed all season. The Rams with All-Pro tackle Aaron Donald and edge rushers Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers have given Seattle problems on the line of scrimmage for years. Rams wearing blue-and-yellow throwback uniforms vs. Seattle at Coliseum for second straight season.
On 1st-and-10 from the Seattle 15, Goff and Gurley's legs got tied up on a play fake. Pete Carroll indicated Rawls is expected to play extensively vs. Rams' unimpressive run defense.