What we learned from the Los Angeles Rams win over the Seahawks

Mae Harvey
November 16, 2018

Aaron Donald sacked Russell Wilson 2.5 times to set a new franchise single-season defensive tackle sack record with 12.5 this season.

Seattle's game plan, and what appeared to be an inability to get open, led to some low numbers for the receivers. And those mistakes are part of the reason Seattle is 4-5 and faces such a critical game on Thursday night against Green Bay in the quest to stay in the NFC playoff conversation.

Kupp averaged 14.4 FanDuel points this season, with 40 catches (55 targets) for 566 yards and 6 touchdowns over eight games. Also similarly, and unfortunately for the Seahawks, they couldn't pull off the victory.

But that page in Seattle's game notes detailing his 24 comebacks in the fourth quarter and overtime has just three entries over the past two seasons. It goes back to finishing right.

It's unfamiliar territory for a team that, during its height, was usually the one making enough plays down the stretch to win.

"We made a big mistake to give up the ball and a great sack by their guy", Carroll said. "But for these three, four hours we were able to focus on this game and get this win". I'm looking forward to that turning around. "We weren't going to allow that to be an excuse for us not being ready to go". Wilson was great on the ground and in the air today. And the success or failure of Seattle in the fourth quarter is not exclusively his responsibility.

The Seattle offensive lineman said the Rams "want to be pass rushers", but hadn't "seen a team go out there and actually take it to them". His second-down pass intended for David Moore was incomplete in the end zone. "It sucks, and we've had a few games like that this year".

Unfortunately for Kupp, it was the third time this season and the second time against the Seahawks he was unable to finish a game.

— And last week, Wilson was stripped by Dante Fowler midway through the fourth quarter deep in Seattle's end.

The Los Angeles Rams were still reeling from the mass shooting less than five miles from their training complex when wildfires consumed the nearby hills, forcing a cancelled practice and the evacuation of many players and coaches from their homes. But the way they played Sunday should be good enough to beat most of the teams on their remaining schedule, even if it wasn't good enough to beat the Rams on Sunday. "That's why we play the toughest position on the field". We still have the same mentality about it and attitude about it, but we've got to show it. "We've got to keep going and keep this going as we finish the year". Wright's knee caused him to leave Sunday's loss to the Rams early. This is true. Chris Carson and D.J. Fluker - two key players for Seattle in 2018 - couldn't play on Sunday.

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