The Seahawks smothered the Rams 16-10 in Los Angeles to go to 2-0 in the NFC West and 3-2 overall–first place in the division.
It was the defense that secured a rare road win against the Rams. They forced five turnovers, three in the second half, to shut out L.A. after halftime. It was yet another dominating performance.
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For the most part, LA defensive coordinator Wade Philips had the Seahawks figured out. Tanner McEvoy threw a terrible interception on a wide receiver pass that fooled no one, and neither Eddie Lacy nor Thomas Rawls, who carried the ball nine and eight times respectively for 39 yards combined, found any room on the ground. The Rams simply kept the play in front of them, tackled well, and never allowed Wilson to connect on a deep ball.
The defense, meanwhile was masterful in the red zone. Sheldon Richardson intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble off of a strip-sack by Frank Clark. Seattle allowed three points in four red zone possessions.
The Seahawks still needed a drop by rookie receiver Cooper Kupp in the end zone on the Rams’ last possession to preserve their tenuous six-point lead.
Pete Carroll made one crucial mistake late in the game that could have cost him the win (more on that in the next article), but on the whole, the Seahawks only committed seven penalties for 40 yards and smothered one of the NFL’s best offenses so far this season in a tough divisional win.