Final | Rams 26, Seahawks 17

5:20 p.m. | Lumen Field | Seattle

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Three things we learned from the Seahawks’ loss to the Rams on Thursday night

Russell Wilson missed the first significant snaps of his 10-year NFL career, and the Seahawks lost their first Thursday-night game since 2012 in a 26-17 defeat to the rival Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field.

The loss dropped the Seahawks to 2-3. The Rams are 4-1.

Here are three immediate impressions from the game.

—Adam Jude
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QB Russell Wilson injured in Seahawks’ 26-17 loss to the Rams

One sight was so unfamiliarly uncomfortable it was hard to process — Seattle’s uber-durable quarterback Russell Wilson standing on the sideline with an injured middle finger on his right hand, unable to play.

Another was distressingly familiar — a defense that after a few bright moments early was stunningly feeble.

It added up to a potentially disastrous 26-17 defeat to the Rams Thursday night at Lumen Field that in more ways than one could be season-altering for a team that entered the year with Super Bowl hopes.

Read more here.

—Bob Condotta

Final: Rams 26, Seahawks 17

Rams tack on FG to extend lead

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Geno Smith throws pick on first pass

Seahawks get ball back to give Geno Smith a chance ...

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Seahawks tack on FG to cut into deficit

Geno Smith still in at QB for Russell Wilson

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Rams punch in for a TD and quick response

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Geno Smith comes in to replace Russell and tosses TD to Metcalf

Third quarter impressions

Is Wilson OK?

This is as scary at it gets for the Seahawks offense.

The top of Russell Wilson’s right middle finger was bent at a 90-degree angle after he hit his hand against Aaron Donald’s outstretched hand on a throw midway through the third quarter.

Trainers checked on Wilson on the sideline and wrapped his finger in athletic tape. Backup Geno Smith warmed up on the sideline as Wilson was attended to.

Wilson has never missed a game in his Seahawks career and he appears determined to not miss any significant snaps tonight. After some warmup throws, Wilson returned to the field with his middle finger heavily taped — and completed his first pass, a 1-yard pass to Colby Parkinson.

But Wilson was sacked on third down — by Donald, of course — and that led to a wild sequence in which Michael Dickson punted twice on the same play.

Bottom line: Wilson remained in the game, but how comfortable is he?

Stafford seems OK

Coincidentally, Rams QB Matthew Stafford is also playing through a finger injury on his throwing hand.

Stafford injured his right index finger in the first half and appeared to have it taped and reaped at couple different times.

It didn’t seem to bother him in the first quarter, as the Rams have rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to take a 16-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Rough quarter for Jamal Adams

Pass coverage is not Jamal Adams’ strength, and that was evident on two of the biggest plays of the game so far.

Stafford connected with DeSean Jackson on a 68-yard pass early in the third quarter to set up the Rams’ first touchdown. Stafford under threw Jackson on the play, and as the ball was in the air Adams turned the wrong way — allowing Jackson to make the catch and run to the Seattle 12-yard line.

Later in the quarter, Adams was in soft coverage on Stafford’s 13-yard TD pass to tight end Tyler Higbee.

—Adam Jude

Russell Wilson in on next drive after apparent finger injury

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Rams add another TD as Tyler Higbee beats Jamal Adams

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Trainers tending to Wilson's finger

Russell Wilson appears to injure finger

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Thanks to deep pass, Rams score TD on next possession

The scoring play: Darrell Henderson runs left for a 5-yard touchdown.

The drive: Eight plays, 96 yards, 3:07.

The score: Rams 9, Seahawks 7. 8:00 left in 3Q.

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Seahawks come away with no points again, punt on first second-half drive

The drive: Seven plays, 19 yards, 3:57.

Next possession: Rams start at own 4.

Time left: 11:03 in 3Q.

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Halftime impressions

Seahawks huge in red zone

The story of the first half is the Seattle defense holding the Rams to three points on two Los Angeles drives inside the 20.

One stop came on an interception by Quandre Diggs in the end zone following the inexplicable decision by Matthew Stafford to try to throw the ball away on a second-and-goal play from the 8 — but not to throw it away enough.

The play was reminiscent of a pick Diggs had against Jared Goff last December when Seattle beat the Rams to clinch the NFC West.

Later, the Rams drove to the Seattle 12. But on third-and-one, the ageless Al Woods broke through to tackle Sony Michel for a 1-yard loss.

After giving it brief thought, the Rams decided to kick a field goal.

That made it 7-3 but represented a major victory for the Seattle defense, which all things considered has played its best half of the year.

The Rams, who punted just eight times in their first four games, punted three times in the first half, as well.

Myers in a slump

And what a thud of an ending to the first half for Seattle. The Seahawks drove to the 15 and appeared to have a 14-3 lead for a brief moment on a 15-yard Russell Wilson pass to Tyler Lockett.

But that was negated by an obvious holding call on Duane Brown.

Seattle then settled for a 35-yard field goal by Jason Myers. But Myers pushed it wide left — his second straight miss after he had set a franchise record with 37 in a row, a streak tied for the fourth-longest in NFL history.

That left the score at 7-3 and now makes the first drive of the second half for Seattle especially pivotal.

Not much dime for Seattle so far

While the Seahawks used Ryan Neal and their dime defense for 26 of 76 snaps Sunday against the 49ers, coaches said that how much they would use that look going forward depended on matchups and game plans.

And so far tonight the Seahawks have used it for only a few plays, and only on third-and-long, instead content to stay in nickel most of the time.

Being in nickel instead of dime means that linebacker Jordyn Brooks stays on the field and the Seahawks may be favoring that to defend against the Rams’ running game.

LA tried to lean on the run as the half ended with 11 runs on 19 plays in the second quarter.

—Bob Condotta

Seahawks miss FG, go into halftime up 7-3

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Rams add short FG before halftime

The scoring play: Rams kicker Matt Gay hit a 31-yard field goal.

The drive: 14 plays, 63 yards, 7:56.

The story: The Rams emphasized the run on this drive with success, including a short fourth-down attempt. But they chose to kick a field goal from 31 yards out, instead of attempting to convert another short fourth down.

The score: Seahawks 7, Rams 3.

Wilson hits Metcalf for TD as Seahawks take advantage of penalty

The scoring play: Russell Wilson hits DK Metcalf, who muscles in for a 19-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Seahawks lead.

The drive: Three plays, 36 yards, 1:37.

The story: The Seahawks successfully took advantage of the pass-interference penalty on Tyler Lockett that moved Seattle 47 yards.

The score: Seahawks 7, Rams 0.

Rams fail to do much after interception

The drive: Three plays, 7 yards, 2:12.

The story: The Rams got the ball back after their promising drive was ruined by an INT ... and failed to do much with it.

Next possession: Seahawks start at their 17.

Time left: 10:41 in 2Q.

Seahawks give it right back on Russell Wilson's first INT of the season

The drive: Four plays, 13 yards, 1:54.

The story: Well, that didn't last long. Russell Wilson threw his first interception of the season on a tipped pass by Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey as the Seahawks give the ball right back to the Rams.

Next possession: Rams start on own 48.

Time left: 12:53 in 2Q.

Quandre Diggs picks off former teammate Matthew Stafford in end zone

The drive: Eight plays, 62 yards, 3:12.

The story: The Rams seemed to be set up well to put points on the board on this drive ... and then Matthew Stafford was intercepted by his former teammate Quandre Diggs on what looked to be a throwaway in the end zone.

Next possession: Seahawks start on own 20.

Time left: 14:47 in 2Q.

First quarter impressions

Fourth-and-fail

The Seahawks offense had two fourth-down opportunities in the first quarter — and, yes, you could say they failed at both.

The first fourth down came on Seattle’s first series, a fourth-and-3 decision for Pete Carroll from the Rams 42-yard line. He elected to punt and play the field-position game.

On the next drive, the Seahawks decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 and the Rams 29 — the right decision, most would argue, to go for it there.

Except the Seahawks decided to run it on fourth-and-2 with Alex Collins — and they ran it right at all-world defensive lineman Aaron Donald. As you could imagine, the play failed. Collins lost a yard, and the Seahawks lost out on a prime opportunity to take an early lead.

Nickel backs showing up

The Seahawks defense forced the Rams to punt on their first two possessions — about as good a start as Seattle could have hoped.

Ugo Amadi got the start in nickel and made a tackle for loss on the first snap of game.

Marquise Blair made a nice play later in the quarter after seeing limited snaps in the first month of the season. Both Amadi and Blair have had an ongoing competition for that nickel corner job, and it’s good to see both showing up early.

Pressure’s on

Darrell Taylor recorded his team-leading fourth sack of the season — an important development for the young edge rusher.

It was just the fourth sack the Rams have allowed of Matthew Stafford this season.

But here comes trouble: Stafford is finding receivers way-too-open, and the Rams are in the red zone to start the second quarter.

—Adam Jude

End of first: Seahawks 0, Rams 0

Seahawks turn ball over on downs with failed fourth-down run

The drive: Eight plays, 46 yards, 4:12.

The story: Highlighted by a nice 25-yard pass to DK Metcalf to get to the Rams' 37, the Seahawks' second drive will be remembered for their decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the 29. Alex Collins, Chris Carson's replacement for the night, ran up the middle and lost a yard to turn the ball over on downs.

Next possession: Rams start on own 30.

Time left: 2:59 in 1Q.

Seahawks again force Rams offense to punt

The drive: Six plays, 24 yards, 3:23.

The story: The Rams hit two first downs quickly in this one, but stalled and punted after running back Darrell Henderson was tackled for a 3-yard loss on second-and-6. Matthew Stafford's pass on third-and-long was off the mark for Van Jefferson.

Next possession: Seahawks start on their 19.

Time left: 7:11 in 1Q.

Russell Wilson hits Tyler Lockett for big gain, but Seahawks punt three plays later

The drive: Four plays, 32 yards, 1:42.

The story: Russell Wilson had enough time in the pocket to hit Tyler Lockett for a 25-yard gain on the Seahawks' first play of their first drive ... and then they immediately stalled out three plays later. The last play featured Wilson rolling out to his left for an incomplete pass and a hit from Rams star Aaron Donald, so they should probably avoid that one again.

Next possession: Rams start at own 12.

Time left: 10:34 in 1Q.

Seahawks defense forces Rams to punt on first possession

The drive: Five plays, 20 yards, 2:44.

Next possession: Seahawks start on own 25.

Time left: 12:29 in 1Q.

Seahawks RB Chris Carson inactive against Rams on Thursday

Questionable on Wednesday turned into out on Thursday for Seahawks running back Chris Carson.

Carson, who showed up on the injury report on Tuesday with a neck injury, was among Seattle’s five inactive players for Thursday’s game against the Rams.

Seattle’s other inactives were CB John Reid, OT Jake Curhan, OT Stone Forsythe and DL Robert Nkemdiche.

Among Seattle’s active players is defensive end Benson Mayowa, who had been listed as questionable with a neck injury that held him out the last two games.

—Bob Condotta

Seahawks reportedly ‘not happy’ that Everett was not cleared by NFL

The Seahawks again played on Thursday night without tight end Gerald Everett, who remained on the COVID-19 reserve list.

But according to a report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Seahawks thought Everett should have been able to play after he again tested negative this week and are not happy that the league did not clear him in time.

Since Everett is vaccinated, Everett needed only to test negative twice consecutively 24 hours apart. Coach Pete Carroll told the media Wednesday that Everett had tested negative that day.

According to Glazer, Everett had the needed two negative tests but that the results did not come back in time for the league to approve him playing.

“The league said he can’t play tonight," Glazer said. “The Seahawks are not happy about that."

Carroll explained the process this way on Wednesday: “He did (test negatively) on Tuesday, Mesa testing but that’s not the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) stuff. There are two different tests we are taking — the quick return test and then we take the one that goes to Burbank (Calif.). The answer is yes, he tested negatively every day this week so that’s why I’m saying there’s a chance. He was negative on the PCR for today.”

Seattle had created an opening for Everett on the roster by placing receiver Dee Eskridge on Injured Reserve earlier in the day.

Everett, who played the past four seasons with the Rams before signing with Seattle in March, also missed the win over the 49ers after going on the list last week.

Everett had eight receptions for 77 yards and a TD in Seattle’s first three games, fourth-most on the team.

Everett missing the game means Seattle has three tight ends available against the Rams — Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson and Tyler Mabry.

—Bob Condotta

Seahawks place rookie WR Dee Eskridge on injured reserve as he deals with effects of concussion

The Seahawks have placed rookie receiver Dee Eskridge on the injured reserve as he continues to deal with the after effects of a concussion suffered in the season opener on Sept. 12 at Indianapolis.

Eskridge has missed three games since then and had already been ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Rams. Going on IR means Eskridge, who was Seattle’s first pick in the 2021 draft at 56th overall, will also have to miss the next two games against the Steelers and Saints before being eligible to return on Oct. 31 against Jacksonville.

Seattle also added a receiver for the Rams game by elevating veteran Phillip Dorsett from the practice squad.

Dorsett gives Seattle five receivers on the 53-man roster for the Rams game. 

Read more here.

—Bob Condotta

Stakes remain high as Seahawks, Rams renew their heated rivalry Thursday night

RENTON — There might be as many story lines before the game as points scored during it when the Seahawks host the Rams on Thursday night at Lumen Field:

  • There is Seattle wanting a measure of revenge for L.A.’s win in a wild-card playoff game Jan. 9 at Lumen Field, which put a disappointing end to the Seahawks’ 2020 season.
  • There is the social media tit-for-tat that then ensued.

First, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was caught saying the Seahawks can “take their (NFC West) hats and T-shirts to Cabo. They can take their hats and T-shirts to Cabo. They can keep their little hat and T-shirt. They can go to Cabo for the rest of the offseason.”

Then, after the Rams lost the following week to Green Bay, Seahawks safety Jamal Adams responded on Twitter: “See y’all in Cabo! @RamsNFL & make sure y’all bring your own damn cigars too!” The Rams had poked fun at Adams for smoking a cigar after the Seahawks won the NFC West by beating L.A. in December.

Read more here.

—Bob Condotta

Coordinator Shane Waldron eager to fix Seahawks’ offensive issues in time for Thursday matchup vs. Rams

RENTON — Without question, coach Pete Carroll said this week, the hiring of Shane Waldron has given Seahawks defensive coaches a better feel for how the Los Angeles Rams’ offense operates.

“Without question,” Carroll repeated for emphasis. “We’ve been talking about it the whole time, in all aspects. We really couldn’t have more help in that regard, you know. That doesn’t mean that it shows (on game day), but we do have a lot of insight.”

Since Sean McVay took over as their coach in 2017, the Rams have beaten the Seahawks more than anyone, winning six of their nine meetings entering Thursday night’s NFC West showdown at Lumen Field.

And as Carroll pointed out, his plucking of Waldron away from the Rams’ staff to be the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator this offseason was a clear indication of his respect for McVay’s schemes.

“Obviously so much that we brought it here,” Carroll said.

Read more here.

—Adam Jude

What to watch for when the Seahawks take on the Rams in Week 5

Hey, it’s the Los Angeles Rams again!

Thursday’s game against the Rams at Lumen Field is the fourth game between the two since Nov. 15 — a span of 14 games overall. That includes two regular-season games last year as well as the wild-card playoff, a 30-20 Los Angeles victory that helped lead to Russell Wilson’s offseason of discontent and some major offensive coaching staff changes.

The Rams have changed somewhat, too, with defensive coordinator Brandon Staley now the head coach of the Chargers, replaced by Raheem Morris.

But in general, as Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said this week, “There isn’t a whole lot we haven’t seen’’ from each other.

And what is that they say about familiarity breeding contempt?

Here are Bob Condotta's keys to the game.

—Bob Condotta