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Seahawks fall 20-3 to St. Louis Rams
Seahawks fall 20-3 to St. Louis Rams
By Danny O'Neil
Seattle Times staff reporter
No special-teams heroics this week.
No game-changing interceptions or opponent’s implosion.
Nothing to save Seattle’s offense from itself Sunday in St. Louis whether it was the questionable first-half calls that resulted in two turnovers on downs or the second-half performance that could only be described as putrid.
The Seahawks lost 20-3 at the Edward Jones Dome, ending Seattle’s 10-game winning streak over St. Louis with a discernible dud of a performance. Seattle’s offense didn’t score a touchdown, didn’t even cross midfield in the second half.
On third-quarter play didn’t decide the game so much as it summarized it.
The Seahawks already trailed 17-3 when they faced a third-and-1 at their own 13 in what turned out to be the final play of the third quarter.
Needing 1 yard, Justin Forsett was tackled for a loss of 2 as the Rams' Fred Robbins shed Chris Spencer’s attempt at a block.
That one play neatly summarized Sunday’s game from the strength of St. Louis’ defensive line to Seattle’s pronounced second-half struggle to move the ball to the fact that after a September that constituted a major step forward for the Seahawks, they took a discernable step backward in St. Louis.
The Rams ended a 10-game losing streak to Seattle, the Seahawks’ longest winning streak against any single opponent in franchise history.
Rookie Russell Okung started at left tackle after missing the first three games of the season because of a high ankle sprain. He was limping noticeably by the end of the first quarter and left the game midway through the period. Tyler Polumbus, who started at right tackle in place of Sean Locklear, moved back to left tackle after Okung’s departure.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked only twice in the first three quarters, but that doesn’t adequately summarize the pressure he was under. Three of his passes were tipped at the line of scrimmage, one of those intercepted. The Rams' James Hall forced a fourth-quarter fumbleofHasselbeckthat was recovered by St. Louis.
The Seahawks – who again failed to score in the first quarter -- managed all of one first down in the third quarter.
Seattle tried everything it could think of in the first half. They went for it on fourth down, they faked a field goal and their longest pass completion was by fullback Michael Robinson.
And after all that, Seattle trailed 10-3 at halftime after Josh Brown’s 30-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
Seattle faked a field goal in the final 2 minutes of the first half, eschewing what would have been a 51-yard attempt by Olindo Mare to have holder Jon Ryan run left. Seattle needed 10 yards for the first down. They lost nine.
It was the second turnover on downs by Seattle. Both occurred in the second quarter, both on the Rams’ half of the field.
Offensive yards were almost even in the first half, Seattle gaining 174 compared to 177 for St. Louis. Yet the Rams led 10-3 because they took advantage of their opportunities.
The Rams took a 7-0 lead on a 90-yard drive in which Sam Bradford completed six of nine passes. Marcus Trufant was playing after suffering a sprained ankle, and he had trouble keeping up with Rams receiver Mark Clayton on that possession. First, Clayton caught an 8-yard cross to convert a third down, and then two plays later he caught a 36-yard pass on the sideline.
St. Louis scored when Brandon Gibson, the former Cougar, caught an 11-yard touchdown pass behind linebacker Will Herring. The Rams' second-half touchdown was scored on a 21-yard screen pass to running back Kenneth Darby.
For the fourth consecutive game, the Seahawks failed to score in the opening period. Olindo Mare kicked a 22-yard field goal in the first minute of the second quarter to cut St. Louis’ lead to 7-3.
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Re: Seahawks fall 20-3 to St. Louis Rams
With the lions next week CAN WE NOW START TO BELIEVE. Can I fathom to believe that we can be 3-2. Is it still blind optimism? Please tell me.........
GO RAMS KILL LIONS
PS THE 0-4 ninners are flat stinking garbage.
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