The Los Angeles Rams stunk on offense today in the red zone. They constantly teased the 91,046 fans in the Coliseum with big plays that made people think they would punch it in for their first touchdown of the season. The Rams showed a lack of discipline committing penalties that made fans scratch their heads. You know what? WHO CARES! They beat their NFC West rival the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 behind the powerful leg of Greg “Legatron” Zuerlein. He scored all the points for the Rams in an emotional battle on a hot Sunday afternoon. This game had Los Angeles fans on the edge of their seat as doubt started to creep into their mind when Seattle tried to score at the end. Defensive captain Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron met an oncoming Christine Michael to force a fumble with 57 seconds to go. Ogletree would recover it and preserve the first win in 22 years for Los Angeles.
The offense played well against a proud Seattle defense. Case Keenum threw for 239 yards on 30 drop backs, but the important thing was that he did not turn the ball over today. He was sacked three times today; however, he had enough room to make plays in the pocket as opposed to Monday night. Kenny Britt, Lance Kendricks, and Tavon Austin each averaged over 10 yards a catch and had a reception over 25 yards. Todd Gurley struggled against an aggressive defense with just 51 yards. Again, the Seahawks are a proud defense and they pride themselves on stopping the run. Rob Boras has to find ways to get his star player going to help ease the pressure off Keenum.
The Rams defense is to be respected as a unit as well. They frustrated a hobbled Russell Wilson and swarmed Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael in the backfield for negative yardage. Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and William Hayes exploited a bad Seahawks offensive line. Quinn and Hayes were able to corral the ever so elusive Wilson to the ground for a sack. If it were not for a 53-yard bomb to Tyler Lockett, the Rams would have kept the Seahawks off the board.
The Rams have a game next Sunday against the mercurial Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The performance they put on today is what LA expects from their team. It was not a pretty game, but it definitely had a “Hollywood ending” and a win is all that matters.
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