Closing Thoughts: Feisty Seahawks come up short against heavily-favored Rams

The Seahawks had chances to pull the upset, but couldn't find a way to finish in the fourth quarter.

The Seattle Seahawks put up an impressive fight against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams, but quarterback Russell Wilson and the offense came up just short of finishing off the upset bid, falling 33-31 in a tightly-contest matchup.

Some closing thoughts as the Seahawks drop to 2-3 on the season:

  • It still feels like the Seahawks are holding Wilson back a bit at times and the passing game hasn’t had much life without play fakes, but he was much more aggressive with downfield throws to Tyler Lockett and used his legs to buy time for David Moore to get open in the back of the end zone on his second touchdown pass. Wilson finished the game completing 13 of 21 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, proving to be ultra-efficient despite limited opportunities.
  • For a third straight game, the Seahawks controlled the line of scrimmage running the football with the duo of Chris Carson and Mike Davis, most notably in a dominant third quarter. Both Davis and Carson rushed for 50 or more yards in the quarter and averaged more than 10 yards per carry as Seahawks scored touchdowns on two balanced drives. For the game, Carson hit the 100-plus yard mark for a second time in three weeks, while Davis rushed for 66 yards on only 12 carries spelling him out of the backfield. First-round pick Rashaad Penny didn't log a single carry.
  • Moore gave the passing offense life it’s desperately missed while enjoying a breakout game. After making only two catches his entire NFL career so far, he caught three passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter. His emergence has cut drastically into Brandon Marshall’s workload and the second-year receiver should remain a fixture in Seattle’s passing game moving forward.
  • The Seahawks have to be kicking themselves for not finding a way to win this game. They had the Rams on the ropes with only a few minutes to play after a 44-yard bomb to Tyler Lockett, but a false start by Germain Ifedi and a hold against D.J. Fluker drove the Seahawks back near midfield. Seattle couldn’t pick up any yardage on a 3rd and 23 and chose not to send Janikowski out for a long field goal, instead punting and eventually allowing the Rams to run the clock out when Goff moved the chains on a quarterback sneak.
  • There’s not a lot to like about how the Seahawks played defensively in this football game, though they did force Goff into two interceptions and nearly created turnovers on two other occasions. There was little-to-no pass rush for the entirety of the game, as Seattle only hit Goff twice in four quarters of play. The high-powered Rams continued to fly up and down the field even after losing receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions during the game. Goff threw comfortably from the pocket most of the afternoon, completing 23 of 32 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown.
  • Tedric Thompson struggled mightily at free safety replacing star Earl Thomas, who fractured his tibia in last week’s win over the Cardinals. The 2017 fourth-round pick out of Colorado whiffed on several tackles, including a chance to bring down Kupp immediately after the catch on what became a five-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. He also let an interception opportunity slip through his fingertips in the second quarter and Gurley capped off the drive with a touchdown run. He finished his first NFL start with seven tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Shaquill Griffin had all kinds of problems defending against speedy receiver Robert Woods, who beat him multiple times inside on slants and picked up big yardage thanks to missed tackles. He also committed a devastating penalty on fourth down to start the fourth quarter, hitting Woods too early and drawing a pass interference call on what would have been a turnover on downs. On the bright side, Tre Flowers deflected a pass intended for Gurley at the goal line on the Rams second offensive drive and the deflection landed in Frank Clark’s hands for a drive-killing interception.