The good, the bad, and the ugly from Seahawks’ win over Rams

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The Seattle Seahawks avenged their Week 10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams with a division-clinching 20-9 rematch victory at Lumen Field on Sunday, adding yet another eventful chapter to the two teams’ oft-tumultuous rivalry. Both defenses put on a show, preventing any touchdowns until the second half, while penalty flags flew left and right in a good old-fashioned messy matchup. Let’s look at some of the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Seahawks’ latest “hat and t-shirt” game.

THE GOOD

Jason Myers: Myers continued his perfect season by hitting two field goals from 45 and 49 yards out, respectively, while also making both of his extra-point attempts. His franchise-record 33 straight field goals have made him one of the Seahawks’ most reliable players, particularly in such a season of ups and downs. At 29 years old, Myers has several good years of kicking left in him; although his contract does not expire until after the 2022 season, Seattle would be remiss not to consider an extension within the next year.

The defense: Seattle’s defense from Week 10-15 was among the best in the NFL, allowing just 16 points per game. In Week 16, they positively dominated the Jared Goff-led Rams offense, holding them to just three field goals despite Los Angeles finding tremendous success in third-down efficiency early on. The linebacker duo of K.J. Wright and Jordyn Brooks were positively electric, combining for 15 total tackles, a tackle for loss, and two pass breakups. Jamal Adams, playing despite multiple broken fingers, posted six tackles and a near-interception, while rising superstar D.J. Reed made his presence known with eight tackles. This red-hot Seahawks defense, who coach Pete Carroll showered with praise after the game, should be well-primed to wreak havoc on the struggling 49ers offense next Sunday.

THE BAD

First-half offense: After 30 minutes of football, the Seahawks’ offensive leaders stood as follows:

  • Russell Wilson (84 passing yards)

  • Chris Carson (39 rushing yards)

  • D.K. Metcalf (40 receiving yards)

Sunday’s outing was unusual for this season in that the Seahawks generally struggles down the stretch, rather than distancing themselves late in the game as they did against the Rams. From an immediate near-interception from Russell Wilson to the offensive line allowing three first-half sacks, the production that Seahawks fans are used to just wasn’t there against the Rams’ imposing defensive front.

THE UGLY

Two missed fumble recoveries: Seattle had two chances on two subsequent drives to add to its turnover margin and put the game further out of reach in the third quarter. A tremendous goal-line stand by the Seahawks defense on third down caused Jared Goff to fumble straight into the pile of players, but Goff was able to recover despite multiple people screaming that the ball was out. The next sequence, which followed a failed Pete Carroll challenge, perfectly exemplified the contest (the Rams turned the ball over on downs at the 1-yard line, Seattle posted a quick three-and-out that was only exacerbated by a Linden Stephens false start and had to punt), but opportunity struck once again when Cody Barton caused a fumble on the return by Los Angeles’ Nsimba Webster. Video replay showed several Seahawks surrounding the loose football – some even getting a hand on it – yet somehow, the Rams recovered once again, putting them at midfield with only a seven-point deficit. The latter of the fumbles was by far the uglier of the two, undoubtedly stinging more due to the lost challenge just a few plays earlier. The Seahawks will need to figure out what went wrong – and how they can hone the needed skills to fix the issue – before the playoffs begin in just two weeks.

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