Defense dominant in Rams’ 9-3 victory

Both the Seahawks and Rams’ offenses struggled to get anything going in professional football’s return to Los Angeles. The turning point in the game came when Robert Quinn forced a fumble, which led to the go ahead field goal for the Rams.


Russell Wilson’s fumble led to a Rams field goal. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Wilson’s fumble came on second and ten in the second quarter. The quarterback dropped back and was immediately chased from the pocket as it collapsed shortly after the snap. Quinn chased him down from behind and punched the ball out of his hand at the 50 yard line. Los Angeles recovered the fumble at the 50 and marched down to the Hawk’s yard line on nine plays. Greg Zuerlein hit the 28 yard field goal to give LA a 6-3 lead.

For Seattle, the few drives the offense managed to put together were undone by dumb decisions, or penalties. An example is  tickey tackey OPI call on Jermaine Kearse in the midway through the fourth quarter pushed the Seahawks back to the 13-yard line. While Seattle picked up a first down on the next play, the Seahawks drive stalled out on the 30 yard line as the offensive line was unable to provide enough time for any plays to develop.

Seattle’s final drive ended on a Christine Michael fumble with 46 seconds left. Michael caught a quick pass and turned up field for the first down, as he attempted to push for the first down his arm was hit and the ball popped loose. Los Angeles recovered the ball and then took a couple of knees to run out the clock.

Two plays before Michael’s fumble, the offensive line completely collapsed on Wilson. The quarterback flipped the ball out to the running back in an attempt to get rid of the ball. Fortunately for the Seahawks, Michael was unable to haul the pass in and it fell harmlessly to the turn. Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a five yard gain to make 3rd and 1o before the Michael’s fumble.

The most frustrating part about this football game is that Wilson very rarely had time to let plays develop. St. Louis’ Los Angeles’ front seven were constantly in the back field and breaking up the plays before they even have a chance to begin to develop. Seattle’s offensive line has been an absolute disaster over the two seasons, and the line’s play has already busted Wilson’s ankle…and we’re only two games into the 2016 season.

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