As they visit the 8-1 Rams, the Seahawks are the biggest underdogs they've ever been with Russell Wilson as their quarterback. Can they pull off the upset in L.A.? Follow along for live updates, analysis and highlights from the Coliseum.
Seattle Seahawks 31
at Los Angeles Rams 36
1:25 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: CBS | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: fuboTV
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1:36 | Rams 36, Seahawks 31 Glimmer of hope for Seattle? Rams incur a false start on 3rd and 9, and Brandin Cooks can’t convert for first down on the next play. Seattle is about to get the ball back pending a punt.
1:56 | Rams 36, Seahawks 31 It’s not over yet! The Seahawks drive 90 yards in 3:53 and Russell Wilson lofts it to Mike Davis for a 3-yard touchdown to give Seattle hope.
5:49 | Rams 36, Seahawks 24 On third down, as the Seahawks were driving in Rams territory, Russell Wilson is pressured, sacked and he fumbles. The Rams recover, run one play and score. Ballgame?
14:54 | Rams 26, Seahawks 21 Well, you say an offense with Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Sean McVay isn’t scoring TDs and, well, they go 65 yards just like that to reclaim the lead. But they can’t convert the two-point attempt and lead by five.
4:20 | Seahawks 21, Rams 20 What’s working for the Seahawks today? Tyler Lockett, mostly. Russell Wilson hits Lockett for a perfect throw-and-catch and a go-ahead TD. Lockett has four receptions for 38 yards — the only Seattle receiver with more than two catches. Don’t look now, but Seattle’s scoring touchdowns while L.A.’s settling for field goals. Oh, and the proud new owner of a game-used NFL football? Floyd Mayweather.
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- The Rams dominated the second quarter, outgaining the Seahawks 115-33, but lead just 17-14 due to Seattle forcing a field goal on one long LA drive. LA will get the ball first to start the second half and that looms as a particularly critical drive.
- Seattle so far not able to duplicate the success it had in the passing game in the first game with Wilson just 6-8 for 38 yards and two sacks bringing the total passing yards to 25. Seattle really went after former UW corner Marcus Peters in the first game but he’s playing better this time.
- What a weapon Michael Dickson continues to be averaging 55 yards on three kicks in the first half, all in the second quarter.
2:48 | Rams 17, Seahawks 14 Todd Gurley ran through the Seahawks defense like a knife through butter, giving the Rams their first lead of the game on a 17-yard toss sweep TD. That’s 76 yards on nine carries for the former first-overall pick.
Standout Rams running back Todd Gurley II managed just 77 rushing yards on 22 carries (and three touchdowns) in is first meeting with the Seahawks this season. He rebounded with 76 rushing yards and a touchdown on just nine carries (8.4 YPC) in the first half on Sunday. He also added two catches for 24 yards. On the Rams’ most recent touchdown drive, Gurley piled up runs of 11, nine, 10 and 17 yards.
— Mike Vorel
First-quarter thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Jordan Simmons got the start at RG and the Seahawks ran right behind him a few times in rushing for 104 yards in the first quarter. An interesting development if Simmons continues to play well.
- Rashaad Penny! The first-round pick proving his worth today with Carson out, getting two big runs on the second possession, including an 18-yard TD, his first in the NFL. Another interesting development.
- Seattle is getting no real pass rush on Jared Goff but the tackling was better on the second series to at least force a field goal.
3:42 | Seahawks 14, Rams 7 With Chris Carson out, Rashaad Penny is getting his shot behind Mike Davis. So far, he’s making the most of it. The Seahawks’ first-round pick entered the game for the first time on their second drive, reeling off two impressive runs for 56 yards and a touchdown. Looks like we’re in for a shootout in L.A. Through one quarter — without Carson or D.J. Fluker — Seattle is already over 100 yards on the ground.
Nick Vannett scored one touchdown in his first two seasons with the Seahawks. The 6-foot-6, 261-pound tight end has now scored two touchdowns in his last two quarters. Quarterback Russell Wilson found Vannett through a tight window for an 8-yard score during the team’s opening drive on Sunday.
The Rams’ offense faced little opposition in its opening drive on Sunday, traveling 86 yards in 10 plays before Gerald Everett capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Jared Goff. Alarmingly for Seahawks fans, it was the third consecutive game in which the Seahawks defense allowed a touchdown on its opening drive.
6:41 | Seahawks 7, Rams 7 To answer Seattle’s opening strike, the Rams aren’t even faced with a third down. Jared Goff smoothly marches the Rams down the field and finishes off their scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown to Gerald Everett.
11:16 | Seahawks 7, Rams 0 The increasingly less rare opening-drive TD for the Seahawks. It appeared as thought Seattle might go three-and-out, but a roughing the passer penalty on third down extended the drive. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks took advantage, completing the 75-yard drive with a TD toss to Nick Vannett.
With D.J. Fluker unable to play Sunday against the Rams due to a calf injury the Seahawks will go with second-year player Jordan Simmons at right guard.
General manager John Schneider confirmed during his pre-game radio show that Simmons will get the start — Ethan Pocic, who started the first two games of the season at left guard, also took reps at that spot during the week and will be the backup.
Schneider said Simmons is getting the call because he is “definitely more of fit with our new schemes with (first-year offensive line coach) Mike Solari.’’
Simmons, who entered the NFL last season as an undrafted free agent with Oakland, was claimed by Seattle off waivers from the Raiders the first week of the season. He did not see any action with Oakland last season and has played only on special teams in one game for Seattle this year with six snaps in the win at Arizona.
Simmons, a native of nearby Inglewood, played at USC so he is at least used to the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Simmons is listed at 6-4, 339 but Schneider on his show said he is “348-350’’ pounds and said he has “got really nice feet.’’
The change to the offensive line is the first since the Dallas game on Sept. 23 when Fluker played for the first time after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury, and Joey Hunt also filled in at center in place of an injured Justin Britt.
Fluker had played the last six games at right guard with J.R. Sweezy moving to left guard. Seattle will leave Sweezy on the left side and go with Simmons on the right.
Hunt filled in for Fluker last week but is inactive Sunday with Pocic and George Fant the two other active offensive linemen to serve as the backups.
Schneider also said that defensive tackle Shamar Stephen had a special foot treatment this week in Oakland and that he is healthy and ready to play today — Stephen was among the seven players Seattle had listed as questionable for the game but coach Pete Carroll had said on Friday he anticipated Stephen being able to play against the Rams.
The Seahawks will have to try to beat the 8-1 Los Angeles Rams Sunday without starting tailback Chris Carson and starting right guard D.J. Fluker.
They were among the seven players declared inactive by the team 90 minutes prior to the game. Each had been listed as questionable to play with injuries that caused them to miss the end of the game last week against the Chargers, Carson a hip and Fluker a calf.
Others were: CB Neiko Thorpe, OL Joey Hunt, cornerback Kalan Reed and defensive linemen Nazair Jones and Branden Jackson.
Mike Davis will start in place of Carson at tailback with the Seahawks also able to use rookie Rashaad Penny and 2016 third-round pick C.J. Prosise, who has not been active in three of the last four games but is today.
Coach Pete Carroll was vague on who would start at right guard if Fluker couldn’t go — Joey Hunt filled in for Fluker in the fourth quarter last week against the Chargers.
But with Hunt inactive the two options are Ethan Pocic and Jordan Simmons, with some indications that the call could go to Simmons, a second-year player who has yet to take a snap on offense in an NFL regular season game.
Simmons, who played at USC, entered the NFL last season as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders. He did not play in any games with Oakland and was waived by the Raiders in the cutdown to 53 prior to this season and then claimed by Seattle on Sept. 2.
He has not played offense in any games with the Raiders but played six snaps on special teams in the win at Arizona on Sept. 30.
Simmons was listed as questionable for the game with a calf injury but was able to practice during the week and is cleared to play.
Also among the active players are linebacker K.J. Wright and safety Bradley McDougald, who had each been listed as questionable with knee injuries
The assumption is that each will start in their usual spots.
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