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

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Final: Rams 23, Seahawks 16

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Russell Wilson picked again in Rams territory

Low snap leads to Seahawks fumble

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Adam Jude's third-quarter observations

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws an incomplete pass under pressure in the first half Sunday at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles.(Andy Bao / Special to The Seattle Times)
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throws an incomplete pass under pressure in the first half Sunday at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles.(Andy Bao / Special to The Seattle Times)

Tick tock

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.

—Adam Jude

End of third: Rams 23, Seahawks 13

DK Metcalf finally snags first catch late in the third

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Rams rush for another touchdown, 10-point lead

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Bob Condotta's halftime observations

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (34) celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (Ashley Landis / The Associated Press)
Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (34) celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (Ashley Landis / The Associated Press)

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.

—Bob Condotta
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Halftime: Rams 17, Seahawks 13

Rams LT Andrew Whitworth carted off

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Russell Wilson turns ball back over with end-zone INT

Jamal Adams strips Jared Goff, Seahawks recover

Flea flickery

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Seahawks cut into Rams' lead with field goal

Rams rush for another touchdown

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Adam Jude's first-quarter observations

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Andy Bao / Special to The Seattle Times)
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Los Angeles. (Andy Bao / Special to The Seattle Times)

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.

He's back!

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.

—Adam Jude

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End of first: Rams 10, Seahawks 7

Rams respond with touchdown

Jamal Adams now back on the field

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Adams questionable to return

Alex Collins scores Seahawks' first touchdown

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Jamal Adams heads to the locker room

Rams open scoring with a field goal

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And we're off ...

NFC standings update

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.

—Bob Condotta

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.

—Bob Condotta

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.

Read more here.

—Bob Condotta