Seattle Seahawks (6-2)
vs. Los Angeles Rams (5-3)
1:25 p.m. | SoFi Stadium| Inglewood, California
TV: FOX| Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
Final: Rams 23, Seahawks 16
Seahawks lose this one 23-16, and it's a troubling game in any number of ways. Soul-searching time for a team that once was a Super Bowl favorite but now has lost three of four with myriad problem areas exposed.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 16, 2020
Russell Wilson picked again in Rams territory
Heck of a play there. But Wilson now with five picks in two games. That has not happened often....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 16, 2020
That's officially 10 giveaways from Russell Wilson in the past four games.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 16, 2020
Mike Iupati limps off and Jamarco Jones in for Seattle at guard.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 16, 2020
Low snap leads to Seahawks fumble
Adam Jude's third-quarter observations
The Seahawks cannot stop the Rams offense. They can’t stop their run game. They can’t stop their pass game. And we’re quickly running out of reasons to think the Seahawks can win this game.
Why, Pete, why?
The moment of this game? Right now, it looks like Pete Carroll’s decision — indecision is a better word for it — to punt on fourth-and-an-inch early in the third quarter. Sure, the Seahawks were at their own 42-yard line at the time, but it’s been obvious to everyone that Seattle’s defense is incapable of doing anything to stop the Rams. You have to go for it there. You cannot punt. To make matters worse, Carroll wasted a timeout by unsuccessfully challenging the spot on Russell Wilson’s third-down run, which ended just shy of the first-down line. Instead of going for it — again, with about one inch to go — Wilson went with a hard count, hoping to draw the Rams offside.
Need more from Metcalf
According to Next Gen Stats, DK Metcalf ran 17 routes vs. Jalen Ramsey in the first three quarters. Wilson didn’t throw one pass Metcalf’s way when Ramsey defended him. It wasn’t until the closing moments of the third quarter that Wilson targeted Metcalf for the first time — a catch for nine yards. It’s hard to envision the Seahawks making a successful comeback in the fourth quarter without more from Metcalf.
End of third: Rams 23, Seahawks 13
DK Metcalf finally snags first catch late in the third
Metcalf finally gets his first catch.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Rams rush for another touchdown, 10-point lead
DPI on Reed in end zone a killer. Rams have converted 3 third downs on this drive. May need another replay on that one to see it.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Rams take advantage of the DPI for another rushing touchdown.— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 15, 2020
🏈 Brown 💨 1 yard (PAT failed)
📍 14 plays, 88 yards
3Q | Rams 23, Seahawks 13 https://t.co/aGP7jwradQ
Carroll trusted his defense, which has barely stopped anyone all year, to stop the Rams instead of trusting his offense, the best in the NFL, to get a few inches. Not surprisingly, the decision backfired.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 15, 2020
Jamal Adams has two sacks for Seahawks. Seattle has only 1 other QB hit, the one by Poona Ford on the first series.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Bob Condotta's halftime observations
Myers keeping Seattle right in it
The Seahawks seemed on the verge of getting routed when it was 17-7. But a turnover and a forced punt have kept Seattle in it thanks to two second-quarter field goals by Jason Myers, including a team record 61-yarder as the half ended.
The previous record was 58 by Josh Brown in 2003 and Stephen Hauschka in 2014.
Myers has now made his last 20 field goal attempts dating to last season, bouncing back from a somewhat ragged beginning to the 2019 season, his first with the team.
Wilson's big mistake
Wilson usually rebounds well from a poor game, and he appeared to be on his way when he completed 10 of his first 14 passes for 131 yards.
But while Wilson’s two interceptions last week could be explained away as trying to make a play in a tough situation, his pick in the second quarter against the Rams could not.
Facing a second and 5 at the Rams 22 following Jared Goff’s fumble, Wilson started to run and appeared to have all day, Instead, he pulled up to throw to Will Dissly in the end zone. But the pass across his body was late and picked off by Darious Williams in the end zone.
Wilson now has six interceptions and eighth turnovers in the last three-and-a-half games.
Ramsey shutting down Metcalf
As expected, All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey is shadowing DK Metcalf and covering him on most plays -- though not all. But maybe not totally expected is that Metcalf has not had a single target.
“Not even seeing him really look to Metcalf,’’ said analyst Troy Aikman during the FOX TV broadcast. “That’s surprising.’’
Expect that to change in the second half.
But, if Metcalf isn’t open, that frees things up for others, and Tyler Lockett is feasting with 62 yards on four catches, similar to how he caught 15 passes for 200 yards last month at Arizona when Metcalf was shadowed by Patrick Peterson.
Halftime: Rams 17, Seahawks 13
Wow, the record 61-yarder for Myers. Seattle will get ball first to start second half, too. 17-13 at halftime.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Jason Myers' 61-yard field — 61! — is good to end the half. That was fun. Rams 17, Seahawks 13.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 15, 2020
WOW— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 15, 2020
🏈 Jason Myers from 61 yards
📍 10 plays, 48 yards
2Q | Rams 17, Seahawks 13 https://t.co/aGP7jwradQ
DeeJay Dallas seeing what I think is his first action on this series.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Rams LT Andrew Whitworth carted off
Russell Wilson turns ball back over with end-zone INT
Jamal Adams strips Jared Goff, Seahawks recover
The break Seattle needs there as Adams blitzes. Goff didn't seem to really pay attention to Adams being there. Reed gets the recovery.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Seahawks cut into Rams' lead with field goal
Jason Myers 37-yard field goal makes it 17-10. Myers has made 19 in a row.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Rams rush for another touchdown
Brown the pretty easy 7-yard TD run on third and two and Rams go up 16-7.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Rams averaging 9.2 yards per play which if my math is correct is almost a first down on every snap.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Adam Jude's first-quarter observations
New week, same defense
What is left to say about this Seattle defense? It’s unbelievably bad, and yet does it still seem like the Seahawks themselves aren’t aware of that? It’s as if they refuse to accept reality — and worse than that, they refuse to make any week-to-week adjustments. It’s, just, wow — it’s baffling.
Russell Wilson sharp in the first
Want some reason for optimism? Russell Wilson is off to a good start. That’s promising, because it’s clear the only way the Seahawks are going to win this is if Wilson has one of his crazy heroic games.
Cool moment for Alex Collins, who scored his first NFL touchdown in two years on a 13-yard run in the first quarter. It was his first touchdown since November 2018, when he was with Baltimore. Collins did not play in 2019, and signed as an off-the-street free agent with the Seahawks two weeks ago.
No targets yet to Metcalf, being defended by Ramsey mostly. But Lockett with two big catches.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Seahawks 3-3 on third downs so far but now facing third and 21.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Travis Homer back in the personal protector role on punts that Shaquem Griffin filled the last couple weeks when Homer was ailing a little.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
End of first: Rams 10, Seahawks 7
Rams respond with touchdown
Rams 10, Seahawks 7. Hope you took the over.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 15, 2020
Rams respond with TD.— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) November 15, 2020
🏈 Darrell Henderson 💨 1 yard
📍 7 plays, 77 yards
1Q | Rams 10, Seahawks 7 https://t.co/aGP7jwradQ
Meet the new defense, same as the old defense.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
At least have to give the Seahawks credit for being innovative. They’re the first defense to adopt the bend-but-also-break philosophy. The next trend in NFL defenses, surely.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 15, 2020
That Rams' touchdown drive was reminiscent of the Bills last week -- not a good sign.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 15, 2020
Jamal Adams now back on the field
Adams questionable to return
Alex Collins scores Seahawks' first touchdown
Alex Collins TD and the Seattle offense back with a vengeance to start this game.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Alex Collins with his first touchdown since October 2018 — and first with Seahawks since October 2016 — giving Seattle an early 7-3 lead.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) November 15, 2020
Iupati back starting at left guard, and looks like Alex Collins on the field first at tailback. Interesting there.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Jamal Adams heads to the locker room
Rams open scoring with a field goal
Holding the Rams to a field goal has to be considered a moral victory for the #Seahawks after they moved downfield almost at will.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) November 15, 2020
Tre Flowers starts at right CB, where he has been the last couple weeks. D.J. Reed on the left side.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
And we're off ...
Seahawks win toss and defer...— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
NFC standings update
Packers are going to survive so Seahawks need to win to stay tied for best record in the NFC.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 15, 2020
Gov. Inslee: No new restrictions on sports
Citing the “rigorous protocols” they’ve put in place, Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that college and professional sports will be allowed to continue.
Youth and adult sports are limited to outdoor only intrateam practices and athletes must wear masks.
As expected, Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde top list of inactive Seahawks
Having six players already declared out due to injury made it pretty simple to figure out who the inactive players would be for Seattle for Sunday’s game.
The six who were out were running backs Chris Carson (foot) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring), cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) and Quinton Dunbar (knee), defensive end Benson Mayowa (ankle) and center Ethan Pocic (concussion).
To get to the needed 48 for the game-day roster, Seattle also declared rookie tight end Colby Parkinson inactive.
It was the second straight week Parkinson has been inactive after playing against the 49ers on Nov. 1 in his debut, with the other six spots taken up by injured players.
A report over the weekend from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, though, stated that Carson has “an excellent’’ chance of returning for Thursday’s game against Arizona at CenturyLink Field.
Sunday is the third game Carson and Hyde have missed.
Rookie DeeJay Dallas and second-year player Travis Homer will again take the bulk of the snaps for Seattle.
What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Rams in Week 10 — plus Bob Condotta’s prediction
In what is the highest-scoring season in NFL history, teams are combining to score an average of 50.6 points (or 25.3 per team) per game.
Your weekly Seahawks contest, though, is blowing that out of the water, with an average of 64.3 points being scored in every Seattle game.
Which means, yes, take the over when the Seahawks play, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Here are the keys to the game for the Seahawks.
Seahawks declare RBs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde, and defensive end Benson Mayowa out
The Seahawks on Saturday declared running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde and defensive end Benson Mayowa out for Sunday’s game against the Rams due to injury, bringing to seven the number of starters or key backups who will not play.
On Friday the Seahawks declared out starting center Ethan Pocic, starting cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar and defensive tackle Bryan Mone.
Carson (foot) and Hyde (hamstring) will each miss their third consecutive game, again leaving the running back duties to rookie DeeJay Dallas and second-year player Travis Homer as well as Alex Collins, who was elevated off the practice squad for the second straight week.
Most Read Sports Stories
- Trash Talk: WSU coach Nick Rolovich asked if Husky Stadium was built on 'an old garbage dump.' Here's the answer.
- Seahawks GM John Schneider's decisions are paying off in a big way once again
- Seahawks Thursday injury report: Ethan Pocic back to full participation, Chris Carson and Shaquill Griffin limited
- Analyzing the progress of the Seahawks' 2020 draft class entering the final six games
- On Husky Stadium's 100th birthday, don't forget about Bob Abel and the score that started it all VIEW