After a tough loss to Arizona, the Rams rallied to beat the Seahawks 26-17. The Rams got off to a slow start but rebounded in the second half with 13 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter. However, Russell Wilson was taken out of the game in the second half with an injury to his throwing hand caused by Aaron Donald. That being said, today I’m breaking down the good, the bad, and the meh of Thursday night’s win.
The Wide receiver group, especially Robert Woods showed out in a big way on Thursday. Woods had his best game of the season so far with 12 catches for 150 yards and was the team’s leading receiver. Both Kupp and Woods were all over the field, whether that was for blocking or running routes. Van Jefferson and Desean Jackson also played well, and Jackson even had a 68-yard catch against Jamal Adams.
The run defense looked good against the Seahawks, albeit Chris Carson being out. The Rams defense hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in back-to-back weeks so far, and it seems to be getting better. Troy Reeder got more snaps than Kenny Young, so maybe a fresh face at LB is the best way to go.
The Run game continued its streak against a weak Seahawks defense. Both Henderson and Sony Michel had rushing TDs and kept gashing the defense for easy yards. Henderson averaged almost 5 yards per attempt and almost had 100 total yards. He played well through an injury, that even got him taken out for a couple of plays.
Rochell got some more playing time after David Long’s struggles against the Cardinals but didn’t get out to a hot start. He was picked on all game, allowed a TD, and drew a major penalty. Granted he is a rookie, but his first starting performance wasn’t the best.
The Defensive Line was able to get after the QB but did miss some tackles from time to time. They had 5 QB hits and 2 sacks but had some issues containing Russ and even Geno Smith. Greg Gaines out-snapped Robinson, as did Michael Hoecht, so that’s something to watch as the season goes on.
The secondary played decently, Nick Scott had the game-sealing interception, and Troy Reeder had another with help from Ramsey. On the other hand, they gave up 283 passing yards and 2 TDs to the Seattle Receivers. Jalen Ramsey in the Star position is a good idea on paper, but so far it hasn’t been better than him matching up 1v1.
Overall, this was a close win, if Russell Wilson was in on that final drive the Rams could’ve lost. Sean McVay’s play-calling on 3rd and 4th down has been a bit questionable lately, so I’d like to see what adjustments he makes over the next couple of weeks. I bet we’re going to see a lot more vertical routes and WR screens to get the pass catchers more involved instead of relying more on the RBs.