Here are three positives for the Seahawks in their loss to the Rams.
The Seahawks season is now over and it stinks. I wish Seattle would win every game of every season and I would never get tired of it or take it for granted. But this current team has lots of flaws that even some great players cannot hide enough for Seattle to win important games. Seattle lost 30-20 to the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card game on Saturday.
Watching the game, it felt like a long, slow dirge to an end that clearly would not be a happy one. Seattle’s offense started off poorly and basically stayed that way for most of the game. We all know this. But what good can be taken from the game? A few things.
Jarran Reed is a good player and was nearly the equal of the Rams dominant defensive tackle Aaron Donald on Saturday. Even before Donald left the game after having 2 sacks, Reed had the same number at the same point in the game. Reed ended up with 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss and 3 quarterback hits to go along with 5 tackles.
Reed wasn’t always great this season but was playing better as the season wore on and Reed helped keep Seattle in the game. Plus, Reed will be back next season when the Seahawks defense could be even better.
Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks
We all know that Bobby Wagner is a future first-ballot Hall of Famer. He played like one on Saturday too. Wagner was in on 16 tackles, had a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. Wagner was the best player on the field defensively for either team and that says a lot as the Rams have a lot of special players on the defensive side of the ball.
Jordyn Brooks is going to break Seattle’s streak of first-round busts (or at least players who never develop to the level a first-round pick is expected to be). Brooks was in on 8 tackles on Saturday and had Seattle won could have made a game-changing play when he stood up Tyler Higbee a yard short of a first down on a drive that ended in a failed fourth-down conversion attempt by the Rams.
Brooks is going to be a starter in Seattle, and likely Pro Bowler, for a very long time.
Jason Myers and Michael Dickson
Remember when the Seahawks had a kicker problem? That may have been around the time Jason Myers missed his last field goal. I joke, of course, but Myers officially will have not missed a field goal attempt since 2019 when the 2021 season begins. Myers was perfect again on Saturday with kicks of 50 yards and 52 yards that he made look easy. In fact, every Myers field goal seems to split the uprights perfectly. If a kicker could be in “the zone,” Myers is in it.
Michael Dickson had a first punt on Saturday that may have touched the upper reaches of the atmosphere and then seemed to drop nearly straight back down and then he got a good roll out of it. But his other kicks were wonderous. Dickson, who, like Myers, should have been first-team All-Pro and wasn’t, finished with 8 punts for an average of 55.8 yards with a long of 71. The one that went for 71 yards should have been downed inside the Rams 20 but it wasn’t.
So, yes. The Seahawks lost to the Rams and won’t play again until 2021. But there were some positives that came out of the game. And the biggest positive of all may be that every player mentioned above will be back for Seattle next year.