The Seahawks showed up to play the Rams on Sunday and one team looked ready to win the game. That team was not the one from Seattle.
The Rams led the Seahawks 21-3 at halftime. That basically might be all you need to know as Los Angeles defeated Seattle 28-12. Seattle looked flat offensively and defensively except for Seattle’s first drive of the game that garnered 3 points. Los Angeles then scored a touchdown on three of the first four drives. Seattle never recovered.
Seattle looked like a team that needed just one win to clinch a playoff spot but didn’t care to get that win in week 14. When the Rams threw the ball, Seattle had no answer. For quite some time in the first half, Jared Goff was averaging nearly 14 yards a pass. Meanwhile, Seattle’s receivers failed to help Russell Wilson. Of course, as was a huge worry coming into the game, Wilson was under pressure all night and sacked five times, but still.
On a fourth and 2 in Rams territory, the Seahawks went for it. Wilson threw a pass that hit Malik Turner in the hands, enough for a first down, but Turner dropped it. (In the second half, Turner had a ball whizz by his head that would have been a touchdown if only Turner had turned his head around to look for the ball.) On the next drive, Jacob Hollister dropped a sure first down on third and short and Seattle had to punt.
The first half also saw Rashaad Penny go out with what appeared to be a knee injury. It was serious enough that he wouldn’t return and he might be out for some time.
The defense might have been the biggest issue for Seattle in the first half, however. Time and again the defense was not set and looked lost when the Rams snapped the ball. Seattle was helpless to stop the Rams and had time allowed given up 150 points.
The second half was a bit better for the defense. Quandre Diggs had two interceptions, one of them was returned for the Seahawks only touchdown of the game. Seattle’s defense gave up just 7 points in the second and looked a bit more enthused than the offense ever did.
The Seahawks never did look like a 2 loss team but the Rams did. If Seattle plays like they did on Sunday in any game they have left, they could lose. Maybe they would still make the playoffs but they would be a one and done playoff team.