The Seattle Seahawks lost again with a chance to win it in the final drive. Down 36-31, the Seahawks drove down the field and were unable to punch the ball in to win the game with less than a minute to go. Vaguely reminiscent of last week’s loss against the Chargers and several other games this year, for some reason, the Hawks have not been as clutch as they have been in previous years—whatever magic that has been there, is now missing.
The game started off ridiculously well for the Hawks as they jumped to a 14-7 lead in the 1st quarter. Using a ground and pound technique that saw Russell Wilson only throw the ball a half dozen times in the 1st half, the Hawks were able to hang with the LA Rams. 1st round draft pick Rashaad Penny had his breakout game with 12 carries for 108 yards and a TD. Russell added 92 yards, while workhorse Mike Davis contributed 58 on the ground.
While the game was close, the 4th quarter blew up as the Rams ground game with Todd Gurley started to beat down an under-powered defensive squad. Gurley would have 120 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The defense seemingly had no way to stop the leagues leading rusher. To compound problems, Gurley ground game opened up Jared Goff to hit Brandin Cooks 10 times for 100 yards.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 11, 2018
The Seahawks were a 10 point underdog and this loss comes with hope for the offense going forward, but severe questions on defense. The Rams are one of the best offenses in the NFL; however, the lack of resolve i.e. talent was a bit of a downer. It makes many Hawks fans wonder if they have it in them to get to the playoffs. At 4-5, with the likes of Green Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, and Kansas City on their schedule the hopes for a return to a playoffs seems less and less likely.