Rams stymie Wilson, Seahawks
Russell Wilson's MVP-level play had the Seahawks in control of the NFC West a couple of weeks ago.
But when the quarterback isn't at the top of his game, Seattle struggles.
A 23-16 loss to the Rams Sunday, Nov. 15, in Los Angeles was the second in a row for the Seahawks, who fell into a three-team tie with the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals at 6-3. They don't have much time to regroup, with Arizona flying into Seattle for a Thursday night game.
Minus its two top running backs, Seattle had virtually no ground game (113 net yards), and Wilson struggled, throwing two interceptions, including a bad one in the end zone. He was sacked six times and lost a fumble — this following four Wilson turnovers a week earlier at Buffalo.
Wilson was Seattle's best running back, gaining 60 yards on eight carries.
The Seahawks' defense played probably its most complete game of the season. The Rams netted 106 yards on the ground. Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff threw for 302 yards but no touchdowns.
A 14-play, 88-yard drive ended in Malcolm Brown's second touchdown for Los Angeles to put the Rams ahead 23-13 midway through the third quarter, and that was enough against the sputtering Seahawks offense.
The Seahawks started well, traveling 78 yards on seven plays with their first possession and taking a 7-3 lead on a 13-yard run by Alex Collins. But that was the only time Seattle reached the end zone.
Jason Myers kicked three field goals, including a Seahawks-record 61-yarder to close the first half and pull Seattle within 17-13. But Seattle didn't score again until Myers hit from 39 yards with 25 seconds left in the game.
With Jalen Ramsey primarily covering DK Metcalf, the Seahawks' budding star caught just two passes for 28 yards and saw only four targets.
Seattle is 1-2 in the division entering Thursday's game. Arizona is 2-0 against NFC West opponents and is coming off an improbable Sunday win on a Hail Mary pass from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins that beat Buffalo.
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