That was unexpected. And quite ugly. Talk about a bad loss. At home. And in a very meaningful game with the NFC West division lead at stake. What was that? Does this mean the “better” team won? Sure appears to be so. But all is not lost! The playoffs are still a possibility. But Seattle now needs help.
After the 42-7 dismantling at the hands of the LA Rams (10-4), the Seahawks (8-6) need to win their remaining two games and get help to make the playoffs. The division title is all but gone. And right now, Seattle is out of the playoff picture.
If ever a game was played when the injuries made a difference it was this one. The Rams were angry and they put it on Seattle as the mismatch of talent was apparent.
The Seattle defense was out of position and unable to make the tackle when given the chance. As such the Rams scored on six of their first seven possession in the game. Linebacker Bobby Wagner played in the contest but fought through a bad hamstring in doing so. K.J. Wright missed his first game since 2013.
Rams running back Todd Gurley had a career day scoring three TDs on the ground on 21 carries for 152 yards. Gurley also caught a pass for TD and was removed midway through the third quarter.
Jared Goff was efficient as the QB didn’t need do anything more than protect the ball as he did completing 14 of 21 passes for 120 yards and two TDs.
The Rams piled-up 352 total yards to Seattle’s 149.
At the half it was 34-0. The 34 point halftime deficit the Seahawks faced at home was Seattle’s 2nd largest ever since the game against the NY Giants in 2010 when they trailed by 41.
The Seattle offensive line failed to protect quarterback Russell Wilson, even for a moment as the QB was sacked 7 times in the game. When Wilson wasn’t getting sacked he was running for his life.
Wilson finished the game completing 14 of his 30 passes for 142 yards. A majority of those yards came in the second half when the game was out of reach.
Seahawks finally got on the board with a Wilson to Luke Wilson connection with 1:23 to go in the third quarter that made the score 40-7 with the Blair Walsh extra point.
Wilson was purely animated on the sideline pumping up the team with the idea that the game was not over. But it was.
The Seahawks travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys (7-6 with a game in progress vs. Oakland), a team also fighting for the playoffs.
Seattle needs to win-out, but so do the Cowboys.
After watching Todd Gurley perform for a career TD day against Seattle, Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot will be anxious to take his shot when he finally returns to action from his suspension.