Final. Seahawks lose 20-3
The goal for the Seahawks was to take their game on the road. Clearly that didn’t happen, and the Seahawks 10-game streak over the Rams is officially over. That was the first time the Seahawks have been held to three points since a loss at Arizona last season.
There will no doubt be plenty of questions asked about the offense over the next two weeks between now and the next game.
17-3, end of third
Again, nothing going for the Seahawks on offense in this game. Barring a big change in the way things are going, it looks like Seattle’s 10-game winning streak over St Louis is going to end with a whimper.
Going back to last week’s game, Seattle’s offense has scored one touchdown (two were on special teams last week). No matter how you slice it, that’s just not good in seven-plus quarters of football.
Seahawks punt again
Seattle’s offense is now in full stagnation mode, having punted on all three first-half possessions, picking up just one first-down along the way.
Feels like defense or special teams is going to have to bail the Seahawks out if they’re going to come back in this one.
Rams extend lead to 17-3
Two screen passes accounted for 70 yards on St. Louis’ last drive—a 49-yard gain by gimpy Steven Jackson and a 21-yard touchdown by Kenneth Darby.
Given the way the Seahawks’ offense has played the past couple of games, this will be a very difficult hole for the Seahawks to climb out of.
Rams lead 10-3 at halftime
Pete Carroll said Monday that one lesson he learned from the mishandling of the clock against San Diego is that he can’t always do things in the NFL like he did at USC. Well fast forward a week and it appears he is throwing that lesson out the window. On fourth-and-10, rather than kick a 51-yard field goal, the Seahawks faked and holder Jon Ryan was tackled for a nine-yard loss.
The result was a short field and a field goal for the Rams. Even though 51-yards isn’t a gimme, it’s very makable for Olindo Mare, especially in a dome. But instead of a potential 7-6 halftime score, Seattle trails by a touchdown.
Seahawks dodge a bullet
After at Matt Hasselbeck pass was tipped, intercepted and returned to the Seattle 3-yard-line, the Seahawks avoided a disaster thanks to an Earl Thomas interception. Now Sam Bradford didn’t throw a great pass there, but that was a heck of a catch by Thomas, who now has three picks in the last two games.
Miscues kill Seattle drive
Seattle was moving the ball in spite of itself on that drive, but the mistakes finally caught up the the Seahawks, leading to a turnover on downs when RB Michael Robinson dropped a pass on 4th-and-2.
Prior to that the Seahawks gave up a sack to an unblocked linebacker blitz, and had a false start penalty on Stacy Andrews.
Mare FG makes it 7-3
At the start of the second quarter, it is now 7-3 St. Louis after Olindo Mare made a 22-yard field goal to cap an 81-yard drive.
Brandon Stokley, who has been with the team for all of five days, had his second catch of the game on that drive. Both have been for first downs.
It will be worth keeping an eye on Marcus Trufant on this drive; he didn’t look like is quite at full speed on that last drive.
Former Cougar give St. Louis the early lead
After a Seahawks punt gave the Rams the ball at the 10-yard line, Sam Bradford led St. Louis on a 10-play, 90-yard drive that culminated with a 15-yard touchdown pass to former WSU receiver Brandon Gibson.
The big play on the drive was a 34-yard pass to Mark Clayton. Steven Jackson, who has a groin injury, also had a 16-yard run, but by the end of the drive he didn’t appear to be moving very well.
Seahawks defense gets a stop
Nice start for Seattle’s defense, which included starters Brandon Mebane, Marcus Trufant and Aaron Curry, forcing a punt after allowing one first down.
S Lawyer Milloy looks like a man possessed right now. He tackled Steven Jackson for a 3-yard loss on the first play of the game, then hammered QB Sam Bradford on a pass rush three plays later.
And as the Seahawks offense come onto the field, it looks like Russell Okung will start at LT and Tyler Polumbus will start at RT.
While this doesn’t mean anything is set in stone for the game, it’s worth noting that Russell Okung was playing left tackle with the first team offense during warmups, and Tyler Polumbus, not Sean Locklear (knee) was at right tackle.
And all of the injured defensive starters—DT Brandon Mebane (calf), CB Marcus Trufant (ankle) and LB Aaron Curry (hamstring)—were working with the first team as well.
Countdown to kickoff
We’re an hour from kickoff on a lovely day here in St. Louis. Unfortunately once we walked into the Edward Jones Dome, the fact that it’s a lovely day is no longer relevant. Oh well.
Anyway, let’s move onto the football stuff. The three Seahawks listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report—T Sean Locklear, CB Marcus Trufant and DT Brandon Mebane—are all active, so we should see them play. Also active is newly signed WR Brandon Stokley.
Among the inactives is RB Julius Jones, who didn’t play last week. Considering he went from a starter last season to a player who is inactive when healthy this week, you have to wonder if he has any future with the team.
For St. Louis, RB Steven Jackson, who has a groin injury, is active, so we should see him in some capacity.
RB Julius Jones
DB Nate Ness
G Evan Dietrich-Smith
T/G Allen Barbre
T Breno Giacomini
TE Anthony McCoy
DE E.J. Wilson
DT Craig Terrill
WR Laurent Robinson
S Darian Stewart
TE Billy Bajema
LB Chris Chamberlain
T Renardo Foster
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
DT Clifton Ryan
DT Darell Scott