Seahawks week 16 victory over Rams: 3 stars of the game for Seattle
By Lee Vowell
Who stood out for the Seahawks in their victory over the Rams in week 16?
The Seahawks won the NFC West for the first time since 2016 by defeating the Rams in week 16. Seattle has one game left in the 2020 season and can do no worse than being the third seed in the NFC. Seattle, the Saints and the Packers are all in the running for the top seed currently and all three teams play at 1:25 pm PT Sunday.
Here are the three stars for the Seahawks from week 16.
Jarran Reed has had a bit of an odd year. If one looks at Pro Football Focus, Reed is the 96th-highest-graded interior defender in the NFL this season. Reed’s fellow defensive tackle, Poona Ford, is 13th. But PFF isn’t always right about things. After week 16, Reed now has 6.5 sacks on the season which is 6th-best among interior defenders in the league in 2020.
On Sunday, Reed basically impacted the Rams final drive of the game by himself with a quarterback pressure followed by a sack. Reed was explosive and strong and on the drive the best player on either team’s line. Reed finished with 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss and 2 quarterback hits on Sunday.
Wright is making it very difficult for the Seahawks not to re-sign him after the season ends. Per PFF, Wright is the 10th-best graded linebacker in the NFL this season and the 8th-highest in coverage. Against the Rams, Wright had 2 passes defended and 7 tackles and used his still-impressive speed to cover so much ground that fellow linebackers Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks could make plays.
And if Seattle thought Wright would slow down this year, he hasn’t. In 2020, Wright has had his second-best season at tackles-for-loss (10), passes defended (10) and third-best year for quarterback hits. He will be expensive to re-sign in 2021 but Seattle should probably do it.
Carson simply makes a huge difference for the Seahawks offense when he is healthy. No, he did not put up huge numbers on Sunday, but he ran effectively and that was enough to keep the Rams defense honest in the second half when Seattle’s offense finally started getting points and yards.
Chris Carson led all players in the game in total yards with 79 yards (69 rushing and 10 receiving) and averaged 4.3 yards a carry. Against the best rushing defense in the NFL, getting that high of an average is impressive. Carson didn’t play in week 10 against the Rams and the biggest difference between Seattle’s offense in week 16’s win versus week 10’s loss was Chris Carson being available to play.