Besides the three turnovers and special teams struggles, there’s really no way to look at this game, other than the fact that Seattle failed to get the ball in the end zone offensively, despite rushing for a season-high 179 yards on the ground.
Naturally, the majority of the blame is going to fall on the quarterback. Seattle had 10 possessions. The Seahawks punted four times. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw three interceptions. Seattle scored two field goals and they got one touchdown on the first possession of the game.
And that’s not good enough when you’re defense is playing as well as they are right now, and the rest of the team knows it.
“We expected to leave here with a ‘W’,” Seattle defensive end Red Bryant said. “I give a lot of credit to the Rams from preventing us from that. We’ve got a long flight home. We’ll look at the tape and see what the adjustments we need to make. And just like we had to put the win behind us in Green Bay, we’ve got to put this loss behind us and press on.
“We’re frustrated, but we’re not discouraged.”
It’s been four games, and Wilson still is struggling to consistently move the offense. Wilson’s not the only one to blame, but sometimes a change at that position can spark an offense.
But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll doesn’t appear ready to go down the road – yet.
“I think he’s moving the club,” Carroll said about Wilson. “He shows that he can move us, and he made some great plays today. He ran around really well, and he was accurate with the football for the most part.
“I’m still thinking that he’s improving and getting more comfortable and all of that. … So we’ll see what it all means. I don’t know yet.”
For his part, Wilson knows he needs to play better.
“We had opportunities,” Wilson said. “We don’t ever want to turn the ball over. Personally, I had three turnovers, so that’s never good. You just want to look at the film (and) see what we can do better, see what I can do better and just learn from it and move on.”
Special teams gaffe
The play of the game was the fake field goal that St. Louis ran near the end of the first half, with punter Johnny Hekker throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, who was unaccounted for on the sideline.
The play gave St. Louis the lead for good, 10-7. The Rams later added a 48-yard field goal from rookie Greg Zuerlein at the end of the half.
What makes that situation worse is the Seahawks actually prepared for that during practice this week.
“We worked on it all week, so it was very frustrating,” Bryant said about the fake field goal.
Carroll said that the coaches in the coaches’ booth upstairs saw Amendola, and he tried to call a timeout, but couldn’t get on the field in time.
The touchdown was the only one Seattle gave up during the game.
The play was part of a dominant performance on special teams for St. Louis. Zuerlien made field goals from 60 and 58 yards. The Rams also recovered an attempted onside kick by Seattle.
Ground game churns
The most impressive thing offensively for Seattle was the running game. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries. Backup Robert Turbin finished with 45 yards on six carries.
But even though Seattle ran the ball well in between the 20-yard lines, they failed to capitalize on their ability to run the ball in the red zone.
“It was a really good day for us on the ground,” Carroll said. “We just needed a couple plays here to take advantage of how well we were running it. Both Robert and Marshawn did a great job there today. And the guys up front did a nice job.”
Offensive guard James Carpenter left the game in the first half after injuring his right knee – not the surgically repaired one that kept him out of the first three games. But he later returned and appeared okay.
Carroll said that receiver Ben Obomanu and linebacker Mike Morgan were dinged up during the game, but later returned.