In a mostly offensively inept battle, the Seahawks (3-2) moved atop the NFC West Division with their 16-10 victory over the LA Rams (3-2) in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
As a team, Seattle rushed for only 62 yards on 25 carries. Thomas Rawls returned from injury to see action and led the Seahawks with 20 yards on 8 carries. Backup Eddie Lacey didn’t fair much better churning out 19 yards on 9 carries.
Russell Wilson completed 24 of 37 passes for only 198 yards on the day with one interception and was sacked three times in the game.
Wilson though did connect with tight end Jimmy Graham on a 9-yard pass for score that put Seattle on the board with two minutes to play in the second quarter. The score capped a 15-play drive and was the first sustainable possession for the offense in the game. It was also Graham’s first TD score of the year.
Seattle then forced the Rams to punt and subseqently drove 46 yards in 9 plays to give Blair Walsh a chance at tying the game before half with a successful 46-yard boot. Walsh connected and the half ended 10-10.
LA scored first two plays into the second quarter when the Rams finished a 10-play drive with a Tavon Austin 27-yard scamper for score.
LA extended their lead after taking advantage of a Wilson pick on the Seahawks following drive. The Rams moved the ball only two yards and Greg Zuerlein converted a 35-yard kick to give LA the 10-0 lead.
It was a close battle right to the end, but time and time again, the Seattle defense created turnovers to end LA drives. It started early with Earl Thomas’s forced fumble on Rams running back Todd Gurley that saved a touchdown on LA’s first possession of the game with the ball on the 1-yard line.
It continued late when defensive end Frank Clark sacked Jared Goff with just under three minutes to play, causing and recovering a fumble. Seattle then extended their lead to 16-10 on a successful Blair Walsh 35-yard field goal after a four-play drive netted the Seahawks four yards. It was Walsh’s third make of the game.
It was also the deciding play of the contest as it forced the Rams to score a TD on their last possession of the contest vs. kicking a game-tying field goal. LA drove to the Seattle 20-yard line before turning the ball over on downs with :05 seconds left to play.
In total, Seattle created 5 turnovers in the game. And they needed them all.
The victory was Seattle’s first since 2013 on the road against the Rams.
Seattle (3-2) gets to enjoy some time off as the season bi-week is upon them. But after the break, the Seahawks travel to the Big Apple to face the winless New York Giants (0-5) on Sunday, October 22nd.