It was not pretty by any means on Thursday night for the Rams and Seahawks. There were injuries all over the place, backups were entering the game, but the result was a Rams victory. LA fought hard and won 26-17 over the Seattle Seahawks to improve to 4-1 on the year. Seattle was hit with a scary sight of Russell Wilson exiting the game with a finger injury. With Geno Smith in the game, Seattle scored a touchdown that put them within two points. However, LA’s defense buckled down and scrapped out the win.
1.) Seattle without Russell Wilson could be in serious trouble. Until Wilson is back under center, Geno Smith is not a quarterback that Seattle should rely on to win them games. Give Smith credit that he fought to keep the Seahawks in the game, but it was pretty evident how much of an impact Wilson has when he’s on the field.
2.) Rams have Darrell Henderson back. This is huge that LA can have a legitimate run attack and not rely on big passing plays. While the big passing plays have been working, Henderson rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown which was helpful in the long run. If LA can get the run game going, they will be even better moving forward.
3.) Robert Woods finally got involved. Woods was a massive part of the Rams offense even before Stafford arrived. This season has been chiefly the Cooper Kupp show, but Thursday night was Woods night for sure. Woods brought in 12 catches for 150 yards but no touchdowns. If Woods and Kupp both continue to rack up 100-yard games, life for Stafford in LA will be smooth sailing.
Biggest Plays Of The Game
1.) Rams safety Nick Scott intercepted Geno Smith’s pass with 2:02 left to play in the game. The Rams held a 23-17 lead late in the fourth but gave the ball back to Smith and the Seahawks with a chance to win. However, Scott picked off Smith’s first pass of the drive, which eventually led to the end of the game and a Rams win.
2.) DeSean Jackson showed his big-play ability yet again on a 68-yard catch and run to put the Rams in scoring position. Sure enough, Darrell Henderson punched it into the endzone two plays later, and Jackson’s play paid off.
What’s Next For LA And Seattle
— The Rams will get a more extended break since they had the Thursday night game. This long break will give them time to prep for a struggling Giants squad on Sunday, Oct. 17th. The Rams are the much better team and will be heavily favored in that game. Another win against the Giants would not say much, but it would help the Rams in the standings.
— Seattle has a challenging game against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday. Two games back to back against solid defenses will be the ultimate test for Seattle. So far, Seattle has not passed any tests as they will enter week six at 2-3 overall. If Russell Wilson can get back on the field, it will help immensely; otherwise, Geno Smith might have a long afternoon.
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