Seahawks 30, Rams 13 – The Aftermath

by Joe on December 13, 2011

Well, the Seahawks pretty much did what they needed to do. They won, they won somewhat easily, and they got out of the game with no major injuries.

All in all it was a solid game from Seattle. I was kind of hoping for spectacular this week but we didn’t quite hit that level. It is also nice to see the Seahawks at the points where they have bad plays here and there but the position groups all played well overall. Earlier in the season it was “The O-line played terrible” or “Seattle can’t defend the pass” or whatever. Now it is more like “Browner got burned on that one double move by Brandon Lloyd” or ” Chris Long went right by Giacomini” or some thing like that.

Doug Baldwin Seattle Seahawks

Great game again by Doug Baldwin both receiving and on special teams

The breakdowns are happening less and less and it is individual players getting beat by good plays by the other team and not total system breakdowns. If a receiver puts a good move on a corner and gets open that will happen. If a team schemes well and makes a couple plays it can set up the Seahawks to get burned on a play like the screen to Jackson that went for 50. That is just football.

But as a whole this Seahawks team is playing very well. An offensive line missing three starters only allowed 1 real sack (the other was a fumble by Jackson he just fell on), the defense never really allowed the Rams to move the ball other than the 10 play drive in the 4th, and the offense made the plays when they needed to. And we got some great returns and a blocked punt on special teams. Can’t really ask for more than that.

If you look at the box score (I love looking at box scores) the Seahawks pretty much dominated the Rams across the board. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers:

Total 1st Downs: Seattle 21, Rams 19

Passing 1st Downs: Seahawks 13, Rams 7

Rushing 1st Downs: Seahawks 8, Rams 7

3rd Downs: Seattle 8 for 18, Rams 3 for 14

Total Plays: Seattle 68, Rams 63

Total Yards: Seahawks 359, Rams 281

Passing: Seattle 21 of 34 for 214, Rams 12-29 for 167

Yards per pass: Seahawks 6.3, Rams 5.8

Rushing: Seattle 145 yards on 32 carries, Rams 114 yards on 31 carries

Yards per carry: Seattle 4.5, Rams 3.7

Time of Possession: Seahakws 31.29, Rams 28.31

There were two areas where the Rams did beat the Seahawks: Penalties: Seattle 9 for 61, Rams 5 for 30 and 1st Downs from penalties: Seattle 0, Rams 5.

We gave the Rams 5 freakin first downs because of penalties. Some of them were fine. I don’t really have a problem with 5 yard illegal contact penalties on first down (I think there was a couple of those from Sherman) but the taunting penalty by Sherman in the end zone was terrible. It is hard to stop a team three times from the 1 yard line but it is nearly impossible when you give them 6 chances.

Marshawn Lynch had another great game with 115 yards on 23 carries and a TD. I was kind of expecting something like 30 carries for 150 yards in this one but I will take a 100 yard game from a running back any day of the week. He had a couple awesome Beast Mode runs along with a lot of good 3-5 yard power runs. Those two outside runs they ran back to back early in the 2nd quarter were pretty bad though. Not Lynch’s fault on those though. But a nice 13 yard run to start the game? Yes, please. And he got his skittles!

BTW, a 30 second ad on MNF is worth around $325,000. Do you think between the announcers mentioning it and the signs in the crowd Skittles got more value than that last night?

Tarvaris Jackson had another solid performance. 21 for 32 for 224 yards and a TD is good enough when we have Lynch running like he is. I totally agree with what the announcers were saying last night. Jackson isn’t gonna be a world beater but I think he has been good enough where we don’t have to force a move in the draft to get a QB. If we can make a good trade in the draft or someone good falls to us we need to jump all over it but if the asking price is too high? I am OK with another year of Jackson.

Doug Baldwin continued his great rookie season with 7 catches for 93 yards and a TD. With Sidney Rice out and Mike Williams underperforming so far this year it has been great to see Baldwin step up and play very well this season. As far as rookies go he is second in receiving yards, third in catches, he has more 20+ yard receptions than anyone, and he has the second most first downs. Great season for an undrafted rookie.

The defense held Steven Jackson to only 60 yards on 20 carries. They did give up some chunks of yardage late to Cadillac Williams but they kept the Rams running game in check and made Bradford throw the ball which is what you want to do when you have an injured QB.

The Seattle secondary had a great game yesterday. Browner batted down 3 passes, Sherman had 2, Chancellor had 2, and Browner had an awesome interception. A few games ago I was done with Browner but he has played very well over the last few games. He is starting to learn more and more how to use his size to defend. And Kam Chancellor showed why he is one of the best safetys in the game, particularly with that stuff on Steven Jackson.

Even on special teams Seattle dominated. The blocked punt was a thing of beauty and a great way to start the game. Seattle averaged 38 yards on kick returns and Leon also chipped in with a 17 yard punt return. Hauschka did miss a field goal but hit three others.

This wasn’t a super flashy game and if you weren’t a Seahawks fan you probably didn’t care. But this win kept our playoff hopes alive. The next three games are winable games for Seattle but we needed this victory and we got it. Great win by the Seahawks.

If you are still doing your Christmas shopping check out our 20 Days of Seahawks Christmas for some great Seahawks gift ideas.

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