Seattle Seahawks grade extremely poorly in Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Rams

Seattle lost in ugly fashion to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1.
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Seahawks defense and special teams

Defensive line

Here's a positive: When the Rams ran the ball on first and second downs, which they did 37 times, they gained 61 yards. The run defense overall was better. Otherwise, it appears Dre'Mont Jones, the Seahawks huge offseason free agent acquisition, might already be stealing Seattle's money. Jones had 2 tackles and zero tackles-for-loss or quarterback hits. The entire unit had 1 QB hit and that was from Jarran Reed. And the group had zero TFLs.

Grade: D-


Normally I would try to break this group down into edge rushers versus inside linebackers, but this entire group was equally bad. Only Uchenna Nwosu had a quarterback hit and he had only 1. Seattle sacked Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford zero times. Bobby Wagner was in on 19 tackles but was terrible in pass coverage.

Grade: D-


Yes, the secondary got zero help from the pass rush, but Stafford's numbers - 24 of 38 for 334 yards - should have been even better but Van Jefferson dropped a potential touchdown pass after a blown coverage. The Seahawks seemed to set back and allow completions underneath and on out-patterns and allowed two receivers to go for over 100 yards receiving.

Grade: F

Special teams

Finally, some positivity. Punter Michael Dickson punted four times with a 59.0 yards per punt average. His first punt went 65 yards in the air and should have been downed inside the Rams' five-yard line except that Artie Burns blew downing the ball. Jason Myers missed a field goal he should have made but made two of three. DeeJay Dallas had one punt return for a solid 18 yards. Plus, the Seahawks were able to block a field goal attempt by the Rams.

Grade: B

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