Rams at Seahawks
Here are a few things you might have missed during the Rams’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-3, on Thursday night.
On the sack that ended the Rams’ first drive, Seattle’s Frank Clark initially was blocked by guard Rodger Saffold, who seemed to pass him off to left tackle Greg Robinson. Problem was, Robinson was already engaged with a defender. Clark squeezed between the two and tackled a helpless Jared Goff.
On Tavon Austin’s weekly end-around run, he never would have turned the corner if not for a great cut block by Lance Kendricks on Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright.
Not only was Rams receiver Michael Thomas more than five yards beyond safety Steven Terrell when he dropped a sure touchdown pass from Goff, but also Austin was behind the defense on the other side of the field.
On third and one on the Seattle seven, Brian Quick somehow was left uncovered as he weaved his way across the field and into the end zone but Goff botched the throw, which landed short and behind the receiver.
On the fourth-down play that was first ruled a first down for the Rams before it was overturned, Todd Gurley put his head down and appeared to be closing on a first when Bobby Wagner stonewalled the back while absorbing the hit between his numbers.
Seattle had been picking on replacement Mike Jordan in the first half, and got its first score when the corner was drawn inside on a play-fake and couldn’t get outside fast enough to stop tight end Luke Willson on a pass to the flat.
Robinson and Saffold split again, leaving a gaping hole for Wright to run through untouched and tackle Gurley for a four-yard loss.
Right tackle Rob Havenstein was beaten to the outside by Cliff Avril, who strip-sacked Goff. Luckily for the Rams, Goff recovered the ball.
It’s a good thing Alec Ogletree blocked Russell Wilson’s third-and-short pass from the Rams’ 45 because Seattle’s Tyler Lockett was open in front of Jordan for a potential first down.
The Seahawks’ rush assault con- tinued as they rushed four versus the Rams’ five linemen, but it was still a jailbreak with Cassius Marsh getting to Goff first for a sack when he beat Robinson with an inside move. Seat- tle kept the heat on with stunts that perplexed the Rams’ line all night.
Seattle’s Jimmy Graham appeared to be making a TD grab before Bryce Hager stripped the ball and kept his feet in for what looked like an interception until a review determined the pass was incomplete. On the next play, Troy Hill was faked out of his jock by Doug Baldwin for an easy one-yard TD reception. Apparently, the Seahawks have lost the ability to pound the ball into pay dirt.
Rams corner Trumaine Johnson was playing outside leverage on the 57-yard touchdown bomb to Lockett, most likely meaning he was expecting safety help, but backup Cody Davis was much too late coming over to stop the game-clinching score.
The Rams were outscored by the Kings and the Ducks of the NHL.