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Final: Seahawks 24, Rams 7

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm with 45 Comments »
November 20, 2011 4:11 pm
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, center, is sacked for a 9-yard loss by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, right, as Seahawks' Roy Lewis, left, looks on during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

This game wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win, and the Seattle Seahawks have their first two-game winning streak of the season with a 24-7 victory at St. Louis.

The Seahawks have won six of the past seven times here at the Edward Jones Dome, and now sit at 4-6 overall on the year, with their next three games at home.

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Once again, Seattle’s defense was the story. They held St. Louis running back Steven Jackson to 42 yards on the ground. Jackson had averaged 130 yards a contest in his last three games.

Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was not at his best, finishing with just 148 passing yards and two interceptions, the second of which led to the Rams’ only score, a 30-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Brandon Lloyd.

* Marshawn Lynch finished with 88 yards on 26 carries, and a 3-yard touchdown run. Lynch has now scored a touchdown in six straight games.

* Sidney Rice completed a 55-yard reverse pass to Mike Williams to open the game, but Jackson threw a pick on the very next play.

* Red Bryant got his first career interception off of a Brandon Mebane tip.

*And Justin Forsett capped the game with a 22-yard touchdown run.

What are your thoughts on Seattle’s performance as they head back home for three straight games? Are they improving? What about the play of Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman at corner?

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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  1. 10-6 here we come.

  2. Best D line in the NFL?
    Best young DB prospects in the league?

    Carroll and Gus Bradley deserve huge credit also.

  3. “This game wasn’t pretty”

    Defense can be pretty. 185 total yards. Dominating 2nd half. Wasn’t Red’s catch kind of pretty?

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Easy win! Just what I thought would happen if we cut down on the stupid mistakes. The Rams are a mess, and the only way we lose against them is to make way more mistakes then them. Fortunately we didn’t! Unfortunately Detroit, Dallas, and Atlanta wins! That sucks!

  5. Amazing thing is we could finish the home stand at 7-6 before losing the next 2.

    Though knowing the schizoid Hawks, watch us lose out the home stand & then beat Chicago & SF!

  6. Young teams like this will only get better. I expect many more double digit victories over the rest of the year.

  7. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    First off, somebody on another board called the Rams the “mountain goats.” That’s hilarious.

    I’m convinced that in order to be Superbowl competitors we’ll have to draft a QB this draft. Even if you get past T.Jacks two interceptions, he still holds on to the ball too long–which results in sacks, and is otherwise indecisive in the pocket. Moreover, I think he responsible for the lack of Big Mike Williams productivity. What I mean is it seems that he only targets Rice and Baldwin (and sometimes Tate). The same goes for T.Jack and Zach Miller. Did Zach even have a catch today? A better Quarter Back would utilize a 6″5′ receive and a ‘6″4 TE.

    The penalties aren’t funny anymore. If we weren’t the most penalized team in the league before today, we have to be now. As the most veteran player on the O-line, I don’t think there is any excuse for Gallery to get holding calls every game. I know he’s good, but for the penalties.

    Other than Chancellor’s helmet to helmet, I think our Defense played its ass off today. Earl Thomas had a quiet game, but maybe that because Bradford avoided throwing at him. Our Run-D looks back to form.

    Overall, even though it was only the Rams, this win feels pretty good, especially because as far as I know there we had no injuries.

  8. bsinnitt says:

    Schneider & Pete have a great young nucleus going on defense and some good pieces on offense. If we can land one of Luck, Barkley, Jones or RG3 in the draft and let them learn for a bit behind Tavaris, the future is looking bright Hawks fans.

  9. The system is starting to work. Tall, Lanky, whip armed QB who is mobile and tough, that can manage the offense. Nothing spectacular, but more serviceable dare I say blue collar workman like.

    The Defense is what’s got me jacked. Big Red is Pro Bowl worthy although his particular position is kind of uncommon. That stiffarm was vicious. Our secondary is spectacular. Maxwell recovering that ball was huge today on the kick off. I didn’t realize just how big he was. Wonder if he can get more time on the field?

    Lynch is really a force. Lock him for for the next 3-4 yrs at a fair rate. He’s not Forte (pending FA), but he fits our system nicely.

    Would you believe this Front Office and Coaching staff actually knows what they’re doing? Me too, and nice win.


  10. I have the Seahawks picking around number 17 this year. Which QB will be available then?

  11. The shame is, if Jackson didn’t get hurt in the Giants game, the Seahawks would be 5-5 or even 6-4 right now and we’d be talking playoffs.

  12. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    pabuwal, I know we won’t get Luck. And assuming that Barkley goes second I know we won’t get him either. I’m really hoping that we get Landry Jones, but if not it looks like Ryan Tannehill, from Texas A&M, is the next best QB on the board. But if we drop to #17, and Jones is gone, I wouldn’t be surprised if Carrol and Co. grab the best player on the board. To be honest, because we need a franchise QB so bad, I’m hoping that we continue to have a bad season.

  13. playoffs? p-p-p-playoffs? A playoff team would have taken those 2 INTs in the first quarter and eaten our lunch.

  14. Tannehil, Griffin, and Weeden could be drafted anywhere in the first round, depending on how they finish their seasons. All good QB prospects. I won’t be surprised if Schneider bundles picks to move up and draft the one they like best.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I agree DisplacedSeahawkFan that we will have to draft a qb in 2012 in order to compete for future Superbowls. Too bad we didn’t draft Andy Dalton, or Jake Locker this year!
    Speaking of Jake Locker, it looks now like there is a good chance he will soon replace Hasselbeck if Hasselbeck continues to struggle and Locker continues to shine.
    Locker is a big time clutch talent that,(imo),he will turn out to be the best qb from this years draft! Oh and for those that just can’t see it, he is far better than Tebow! And much better than what we have.

  16. We’re not going to need a QB in the 1st round b/c we’ll have signed Matt Flynn. Schneider knows him better than anyone. That means we’ll worry about a pass rusher with our 1st round pick. Assuming Lynch is resigned, our skill positions on offense, minus QB, are stacked. Lynch is a stud. Leon is a change of pace stud. Sidney Rice is a stud. Balwin is really going to be a stud with a year under his belt. I’m still a Tate believer and next year is that magical 3rd year breakout for WRs with him. Zach Miller proved last year (and before) that he’s a stud TE. Once we get a QB to throw it to him, he’ll extremely productive again. And, really, knowing this, I’d want to play here if I’m Flynn.

  17. It really is amazing at how dramatically the talent level has gone up since Ruskell was fired. Actually using free agency on YOUNG stud players (like Rice/Miller), as opposed to old vets is a good idea (sarcasm towards Timmay!).

  18. What’s the plan when “the worst QB in the world” ends up 10-4 on a team that was supposed to “Suck for Luck”?

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I guess that the plan now is to suck less to see if we can draft Barkley.

  20. MadSweeney42 says:

    pdway- Red’s catch wasn’t really very pretty. Him switching the ball to his outside hand and throwing a little WR aside was freaking BEAUTIFUL!!!

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Come all without, come all within,
    You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Flynn.

  22. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Matt who? Who the heck is Matt Flynn? I had to google him. First thing that stands out is he’s a midget. Well, o.k., he’s not a midget; but at 6’2″ he is a bit undersized for a QB. And O.k., so he is sitting behind perhaps the best QB in the league right now, but he still wasn’t drafted until the 7th round. If he was any good he would have been drafted higher. Moreover, he lost his only career NFL start because of a sack fumble. I hope Carrol and Schneider don’t go after him.

    I’d be pissed (to say the least) if we acquired another second rate QB in free agency. This up coming draft has a really strong QB class; we need to go ahead and pull the trigger on a franchise QB now. We took a chance on T.Jack and that didn’t work out well. I doubt that Flynn would work out here as well.

  23. MadSweeney42 says:

    Displaced- The announcers made mention a few times that the Lambs weren’t testing the middle of the field. No reason for Thomas to be highlighted when he’s shutting down the area. As for QB, those first two throws and at least 2 of the sacks were ridiculously bad plays by TJ. It should be no secret to him, you, us, everyone on the team that a QB is the #1 priority. I hate it when the announcers keep talking about “deciding if Seattle wants to keep Jackson long term.”. He’s a 2 year Seahawk and then a backup if he’s here at all. Chancellor’s flag was ridiculous. He aimed for lower than the shoulders of the WR had he been standing up. The helmet to helmet was as much on the WR as on Kam. I really hate all these flags when the contact takes place less than 4′ from the ground. What the hell are defenders supposed to do when a receiver’s head is ducked like that?

    A good win, in spite of TJ, poor playcalling in the first half and poor OL play. I think the whole first quarter was plays going to the right, where there are two new players. Got stuffed all over the place on that side.

    One loss to the Rams since the end of the 04 season. Too bad these wins come in a season with no chance whatsoever to make the playoffs. They’re only making the draft position worse.

  24. Can we beat the Skins next week?

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Every team is trying to build big lines, and building fast big backs.
    “Some are building big receivers,”
    “Others, jotting down notes,”
    “Every team is in big despair,”
    “Every Coach and Dukeboy”
    “But when Flynn the quarterback gets here,”
    “BobbyK’s gonna jump for joy.”
    “Come all without, come all within,”
    “You’ll not see nothing like the mighty Flynn.”

  26. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    GeorgiaHawk, damn. Just damn.

  27. bsinnitt says:

    I won’t deny that the last back up from Green Bay named Matt worked out pretty well but I’m of the hope that we draft our QB in the first round. I’m not going to try to guess at what position we’re going to be drafting because our offense and special teams (other than Leon and Ryan) are wild cards from game to game. I like the top 4 QB prospects and in my mind that includes RG3 and excludes Weeden.

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Too much booze! I’m outta here! Lol.

  29. I wish we would have drafted Dalton rather than Carpenter, but it’s a bit late now.

  30. HawkfaninMT says:

    I see there being 4 1st round qbs…

    Luck, Barkely, Jones, then RG3… I want the Hawks to win as many as they can and still be able to get any of these 4. I am not a fan of the FLynn route. Sure he has shown flashes, but that just means to me that he hasn’t earned the right to play more.

    After the first build depth at all positions with an emphasis on DL(pass rushing) and OL depth.

  31. HawkfaninMT says:

    And this defense is clutch

  32. bsinnitt says:

    joreb – Hell yes we can beat the skins. The entire NFC East is suspect this year. If I had to guess, I would say that the NFC East will become the worst division in the conference next year. The media will never spin it that way though because of the money in their TV markets.

  33. “A good win, in spite of TJ.”

    Too harsh I think. His first two picks were terrible, but he’s not the 1st QB to get off to a bad start – and I can’t remember a throw that was even close to being picked after that ugly start. He really settled down. And he deserves a little slack after the win and pretty mistake-free game last week.

    He can’t carry a team, but I feel like he gives us a chance to win.

    One funny/interesting thing – it’s so assumed by everyone (meaning game commentators mostly) that he’s a really good running QB, and he’s just not.

  34. williambryan says:

    Kam freaking Chancellor is giving Earl Thomas (my favorite seahawk) a run for his pro bowl spot. I don’t think we have to wait any longer. Chancellor and Thomas are THE BEST safety tandem in the league.

  35. pabs – so you’re insinuating that he’s carrying this team to a 10-4 record in spite of all the bad players around him?

    I thought we could “suck for Luck,” not b/c we didn’t have some talent, but b/c he’d be worse than I thought he was. He’s not as bad as I expected him to be, but he’s still not good either.

    And you’re giving him credit for winning the Giants game? Last I knew, he left in a tie game (and after that the Seahawks outscored the Giants, as you should know since you were there). Whatever. Less than stellar QBs can win games. Look at Alex Smith.

  36. Georgia – The Mighty Quinn? LOL!

  37. For all the people who think that Flynn sucks b/c he was a late pick…

    Think of it this way, if Matt Flynn was NFL Draft eligible this spring (and people had all of his Packer tape, which is limited), where would he be selected? I know this is far fetched but he’s got NFL experience and people are impressed by his potential. I realize that he’s only done most of his good things in practices and things like that but all of that stuff is first rate, by all accounts. I’d say he’d be a 1st round pick. The only thing keeping him from the 1st round, IMO, is that he’s currently 26.

    I know it doesn’t work this way but people like him (myself included). And he won’t cost anything in terms of draft picks so we can use that 1st rounder to go out and get a pass rusher (or RT).

    I am on record as saying that a majority of NFL QBs are former 1st round picks, but you also have those other guys who were late picks who did do something. I wouldn’t want to draft a QB late this year and “bank” on that guy, but I would want to w/Flynn simply b/c of the experience he has (which, in real games, I realize is limited).

    Also, the Packers are a stud team. Do you really think they would want one Aaron Rogders injury to destroy their season? Any Super Bowl favorite should want to have a good, solid veteran back-up to their starter. However, the Packers are so happy and confident in Flynn that they don’t want anyone else (and they had cap room to sign someone).

  38. bsinnitt says:

    Bobby K – It’s very possible that Flynn will turn out to be a good QB but if I’m building my team for the future I’d rather gamble on a college player who thinks of himself as the best player on the field rather than the established back up.

  39. nidhighe says:

    “but he still wasn’t drafted until the 7th round. If he was any good he would have been drafted higher.”

    Doug Baldwin was a rookie free agent. Guess he sucks.

  40. GriffinNW says:

    3rd year WR breakouts? That means Doug Baldwin must really be a gem that every single team passed on in the draft. I get real excited thinking about Baldwin in his 3rd year considering what he is doing already in the NFL.
    This defense has to get everyone jacked up. So many ballers out there. I can’t praise JS/PC for what they have done with this defense. Kam is building that rep for hardest hitting safeties in the league, and I love it. I REALLY hope he doesn’t let up with all the fines he is going to be getting. We need that attitude on this team, and if you follow his Twitter, it doesn’t sound like he is going to let up. I am grabbing his jersey here REAL quick. Him and Thomas, so young, so talented. What a future.
    Big Red needs an extension! How many more FG blocks, sacks, forced fumbles, INTERCEPTIONS! does he need before this front office realizes he is an beast to be reckoned with on D. I think they know this. I think he will be extended eventually.
    Flynn/QB topic- Very tricky. While I am unsure on acquiring Flynn, the thought of bringing in a FA QB and drafting a stud pass rusher sounds so great. Though I think drafting QB in R1 is the best option. No matter our record at the end of the year and draft position, I trust our FO enough to make the right move to grab the QB they want.

    The future looks so good for this Seahawks team! Just be patient 12’s.

  41. jaybrank says:

    I think TJack deserves more credit than he gets. He’s playing hurt and half of his O-line are back-ups. One the 2nd pick, Obomanu stops running which allows the DB to catch it. I’d rather stick with TJack than pick up Matt Flynn and unless one of the elite college QBs drops to the Hawks in the draft, I’d take the best player available. ‘Hawks need more pass rushers to compliment the run defense.

  42. “Think of it this way, if Matt Flynn was NFL Draft eligible this spring, where would he be selected?”

    Well, the same guy drafting for the Seahawks next year thought Flynn was worth a 7th rounder in 2008, so that’s a pretty good clue. Flynn has acquitted himself nicely for a 7th rounder but I honestly don’t think any GM would give him starter money based on his scant experience. We’ll see

    Your question reminded me of a Rob Rang interview I heard recently in which Rang made a similar comment. He was asked where the top QBs in the 2012 draft would have been drafted in 2011. He seemed to suggest that among Luck, Barkley, and Jones, the only 2011 QB who compared was Cam Newton. Meaning he sees Barkley and Jones as better prospects than Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, and Dalton.

    Sure, sign Matt Flynn if you like him as a somewhat-proven prospect who could be a great backup and maybe-starter.

    But by all means draft a QB in 2012. This is a special QB draft coming up. The top QBs just keep looking better every week. Luck, Barkley, Jones, Griffin and Tannehill should all be drafted in the top 15. For the teams in need, this is not the year to pass up a QB.

  43. SeahawkFan12 says:

    We won’t sign Matt Flynn. Scheider is too smart to do that.

  44. SeahawkFan12 says:

    …at least they won’t sign Flynn to be the franchise QB anyway…

  45. whatever…

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