Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview and Prediction

Jared Goff

Russell Wilson's sole interception actually bolstered his legacy, as he brought down John Johnson with a touchdown-saving tackle. Rams safeties Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) and Maurice Alexander (healthy scratch) were inactive.

Like many bold moves, it worked.

Goff entered the game with a 112.2 passer rating but was 22 of 47 passing on Sunday for a 48.9 rating.

Russell Wilson passed for 198 yards and hit Jimmy Graham for a touchdown late in the first half for the Seahawks (3-2), who shut out the NFL's highest-scoring offense in the second half and won despite getting outgained 375-241.

The Rams then marched down the field for a touchdown.

"I thought he did a tremendous job", Rams linebacker and defensive captain Alec Ogletree said. Lacy is coming off his best game with 52 yards on just 11 carries. I'm not saying Luke Falk will experience the same fate, but I don't expect him to be gangbusters either. The Rams drove from their own 25 down deep into Seahawks territory and had a first-and-10 at the Seattle 20 with 35 seconds remaining. Why didn't anybody throw the ball anywhere near Sammy Watkins' vicinity for the first 50 minutes of the game?

- One byproduct of that was that the Seahawks used their other tight ends quite a bit to get in-line blocking and also used tackle Matt Tobin eight times as an eligible tackle.

In the second half of last week's 46-18 win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Seahawks turned in a complete performance on offense, defense, and special teams to outscore the Colts 36-3. Seattle gained only 240 yards, including only 62 rushing yards (and an average of 2.5 yards per rush). These two NFC West rivals don't like each other and usually play some of the most physical games in the National Football League on an annual basis. "I think people look forward to writing us off, and I think our demise was greatly overstated. I wish we could have come out different, but definitely proud as a defense, for sure". The Seahawks offensive line has struggled in years past, but has always gotten better during the season. Greg Zuerlein's missed field-goal attempt broke a steak of 28 straight from inside 40 yards.

Also keeping his eye on the ball was Seahawks DT Sheldon Richardson, who made an interception out of a pass tipped by Gurley, and a fumble return off a bounce after Frank Clark knocked the ball loose during a fourth-quarter sack of Goff. The third short-hopped Kupp while he was double-covered in the end zone.

"I'm a little scarred up right now, but it's all right", Austin said. "They were really tough up front and it was hard on us".

Asked on Friday about the biggest challenge for first-timers, Carroll said it's figuring out what you believe in as a coach, "because you're going to get challenged so many times and asked so many [times] to come up with so many statements and principles in your approach that you really can't predict". The Rams (3-2) were the shiny new object everyone one was drawn to with a revved-up offense led by Goff and enthusiastic new head coach Sean McVay.

Instead, quarterback Jared Goff has shed a shaky rookie season and is directing a multi-pronged attack that has collected an NFL-high 142 points.

ESPN Stats & Information had him throwing 16 off-target passes, the most of his career and the most by any player this season.

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