Seahawks' Thomas Rawls looks to refind groove vs Rams


Entering the game, the Rams were undefeated inside the Coliseum all-time against Seattle, with a blowout win on October 31, 1976 and a 9-6 win in the home opener last season. That was the clear takeaway from a hard-fought NFC West matchup. It does not matter that there is still 75 percent of the football season remaining.

The Seattle Seahawks are in Los Angeles to face the Rams. Not many would've thought this result would be possible just a couple months ago, but with the Rams ascending and the Seahawks faltering, the Rams have a great chance to get a win. If they can keep the defense from getting exhausted out by the Seahawks' fast paced style, they should have a very good chance of winning. They're also 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games coming off a win.

Even with that interception, the Seahawks had a major scare when Goff, in his second year out of Cal, drove the Rams from their 25 to the Seattle 20 in the final minute with three big pass completions. The Rams (3-1) look nothing like last year's team that was built around a running game stuck in the mud and a defense that bent and broke. Stopping Gurley may prove to be a hard task for the Seahawks. He was the target one play later on a similar play/route, only this time the Seahawks were ready. Gurley's endzone fumble and Greg Zuerlein's missed chip shot totally changed the complexion of this game, leaving 10 points on the field in a six-point finish. The Seahawks offensive line is frightful and is causing numerous three-and-outs per game.

As for how long he'd be out if he does have the surgery, Joeckel said, "We don't know the timeline yet so we have to see". But Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks barely swatted away the upstarts in a defensive performance full of timely brilliance. DE Cliff Avril and CB Jeremy Lane were out. Alexander had been increasingly unreliable, both on pass defense and in run support. The Seahawks have been struggling to run the ball effectively for more than a year now, and they just lost their starting running back Chris Carson to a knee injury, which leaves Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy competing to shoulder the load. He also has an average of nearly a first down per throw at 9.16 this season. "There were plays all over the place that we didn't do good enough". The other most improved stat has been his completion percentage.

A strong rushing attack and protection of quarterback Russell Wilson is what the Seahawks need in order to be victorious against the Rams. The Seahawks defense has had early season issues containing running backs like Carlos Hyde and DeMarco Murray. It was a play that made as much difference as any in allowing the Seahawks to create an L.A. story with a happy ending Sunday.

It was Zuerlein's three field goals that led the Rams to a 9-3 win over Seattle past year. However, the Seahawks are in danger of finding out just how tough it be to claw all the way back.

Under rational circumstances, the ball would belong to Los Angeles on the goal line, and would be an eventual near-certain touchdown for the Rams.

But for Carroll, Sunday's game was reminiscent of a dramatic 23-17 USC victory over Cal in 2004.