Defense and special teams were solid
Take away one 39-yard run by Rams running back Sony Michel and Los Angeles’ running backs averaged 3.21 yards on 24 carries. All 4 Seahawks sacks came from the defensive line. Carlos Dunlap (finally playing more at defensive end than at linebacker) had 3 sacks. Sadly, Seattle’s pass rush has been so bad this year that with those 3 sacks, Dunlap moved up to second on the team in sacks for the entire season (he now has 4.5).
Jordyn Brooks led the team in tackles with 11 and is now third in the NFL in tackles in 2021 (146). Bobby Wagner is first (158). Brooks had 2 tackles-for-loss and leads the team with 8. The linebackers do need to get much better in coverage but I think a lot of their problem is how they are being coached and they aren’t dropping back far enough on pass plays.
Did Brooks get beat a few times by Rams receiver Cooper Kupp? Yes. (Brooks also batted a ball down on 4th-and-2 for the Rams, though.) But Kupp beats very good corners all the time. It’s unfair to have a linebacker cover him very much.
Quandre Diggs is going to want a lot of money after this season and he deserves it. For the second year in a row with the Seahawks he has 5 interceptions. He had another against the Rams on Tuesday near the Seattle goal line that saved Seattle from being down a touchdown early. Seattle’s secondary overall did OK. Even down three starters (D.J. Reed would have greatly helped in Week 15), Seattle allowed just 6.3 yards a pass attempt. This would rank 23rd in the NFL for 2021 if this were the Rams average for the season.
This unit was solid but didn’t make any game-changing plays. They got no kick returns and Freddie Swain averaged 9 yards a return on two punts. Jason Myers made his only extra point attempt and his only field goal attempt. Michael Dickson was great as always, though, with a 49.5 yard average on 6 punts with 3 downed inside the Rams 20-yard line.