The Rams took an early 7-0 lead after intercepting Tarvaris Jackson and capitalizing on the turnover with a TD pass to Brandon Lloyd. Bradford looked good early, but it all unraveled from there. Jackson on the other hand threw two first quarter interceptions before settling down himself. He came back with a nice TD pass to Sidney Rice to tie the game in the 2nd quarter. The Seahawks would score again just before the half on a chip shot field goal to give them the lead for good. A 3 yard run by Marshawn Lynch in the 3rd and a 22 yard run in the fourth by Forsett capped off the scoring in a 24-7 victory over their division foes.
Speaking of Lynch, he is really starting to put this offense on his back as of recently. He snapped his streak of 2 straight games with 100 yards rushing, but has now scored a TD in 6 straight games. He once again acted as the workhorse, rushing for 88 yards on 27 attempts, leading to Seattle dominating time of possession by 10 full minutes. Jackson had the 2 early interceptions, but finished the game much better, completing 14 of 24 for 148 yards, including a perfect strike to Sidney Rice for a 14 yard score. Still suffering a pectoral injury, it was a serviceable game as he did enough to keep the team in the game. A surprising stat was the fact that Jackson completed the ball to 9 different receivers. 5 different receivers caught balls, 3 running backs, and the tight end Zach Miller all hauled in at least one pass.
The biggest factor behind this win is the dominating defense Seattle displayed. Running back, Steven Jackson, was coming off 3 straight games of at least 125 rushing yards. He manged just 42 this game, with nearly half coming on a single carry. I mentioned the fact that this offense revolves around their stud RB last week, so bottling him up was crucial. This put the game mostly on the back of young QB Sam Bradford. Constant pressure kept him from being effective as he could only complete half of his passes for 181 yards. He started off hot with a TD pass, but ended up coughing the ball up 3 times, twice on fumbles. This is attributed to the constant duress the front seven had on Bradford all day long. He was sacked 5 times, 3 by Chris Clemons who now has 8 on the season.
Looking ahead, Seattle gets a home game to face the sputtering Redskins next Sunday. While Seattle has won 2 in a row and are starting to play there best football, the exact opposite could be said for Washington. They have now lost 6 straight games after an overtime loss to their rival Dallas. A series of injuries have struck them recently, and has led to one of the worst rushing attacks in the league (30th in the NFL). Of course with any Shannahan led team, the rushing attack is widely unpredictable. Roy Helu was the top rusher last game, but with Ryan Torain and now Tashard Choice in the mix, there is no telling who ends up carrying the ball the most next Sunday. Luckily, none of them have been highly effective this year. Their QB carousel keeps on turning, with Rex Grossman once again atop the depth chart. Grossman was actually pretty good against Dallas last week, so maybe this isn’t the best thing for Seattle. His biggest challenge this year has been with the turnovers, so I’d expect a heavy pass rush to try to force him into a few mistakes. The Skins defense has been effective against the pass, but mediocre against the run. With Lynch really starting to play his best football, maybe ever, I’d expect another substantial workload for him.
Beyond next week, the Seahawks face only 2 teams with records over .500. The two with winning records, the Bears who just lost starting QB Jay Cutler for the season, and the 49ers who by week 16 should have the division in hand by then. If Seattle can continue to get production out of the running game and defense they could definitely string together some wins in the last stretch of the season. Expect a great chance for a third straight win this week versus the Skins.