A sampling of national-media reaction after the Seahawks struggled in a 9-3 loss to the Rams in the first NFL game in Los Angeles since 1994.
On the bright side, the Mariners are still in playoff contention.
The Seahawks struggled to get anything going on offense on Sunday, losing 9-3 to the Rams in Los Angeles. Russell Wilson gutted it out, but it was clear he wasn’t quite himself. The offensive line struggled for long stretches, making some wonder if the offense is fundamentally flawed.
With such a startling start, especially on offense, the national media had plenty to say following Sunday’s game. Below is a sampling:
Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback wondered about Seattle’s offense:
“I think this question must be asked: Can Seattle salvage any offensive production? That’s a little dramatic, but we’re one-eighth of the way through the season, and there is nothing this supposedly power team can do with any consistency on offense. Seattle’s scored an average of 12.3 points in its past four games, Russell Wilson is playing with a high ankle sprain, the offensive line is a sieve, and the running game can’t get out of its way. Other than that, Pete Carroll, how’s your September going? Watching the Seahawks on Sunday, this is what struck me: They’ve got nothing to rely on with that offense. Nothing. With San Francisco at home, then the Jets in New Jersey and a bye, this team has to get top line prospect Germain Ifedi back healthy and playing, and has to get Wilson more mobile if that’s possible.”
ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia pointed out just how much the Seahawks have fallen off on offense:
“One of the goals during the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason was to position the offense to pick up where it left off in the second half of 2015. After the midway point of last season, the Seahawks averaged 31.25 points per game, second to only the Carolina Panthers. But through the first two weeks of 2016, they have performed like one of the worst offenses in the NFL.”
Marc Sessler of NFL.com said the Seahawks’ running game is a non-starter at this point:
“Seattle’s ground game was a non-starter as the ‘Hawks finished the first half with 14 rushes for 14 yards. Thomas Rawls has the faith of this coaching staff, but was held to minus-seven yards on seven totes before leaving the game with a leg injury. Michael looked like the better runner — not hard to do today — heating up when allowed to roll as the unquestioned lead dog in the second half and plowing for nearly all of his 60 yards at 6.0 yards per rush over the final 30 minutes.”
The L.A. News Group’s Jeff Miller wrote about Carroll’s homecoming going sideways:
“Oh, the Rams won, 9-3, beating Seattle in a football game decided by actual feet, the kicker-infested victory coming in their first regular-season game in Southern California since 1994. But the homecoming king? He lost, Pete Carroll watching helplessly from the sideline as his Seahawks did what his USC teams rarely did in the Coliseum – lose and in a way more offensive than OFFensive.”
Candace Buckner of The Washington Post said there was plenty of hype for this game:
“In a town like this, the show has to sizzle. So Sunday afternoon, a stage stretched to the west end zone of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, a band with local roots but also international acclaim, bounced around as a collection of fans swallowed up 30 yards of the football field. No one seemed to notice the three Los Angeles Rams players who had to dodge swaying, dancing fans in their attempt to take the field.”
The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke attempted to capture the excitement of the NFL being back in L.A.:
“Standing in the end zone when that drive began with 1:53 left, it was so loud it was impossible to hear, but hobbled Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson fought through it to complete a 53-yard pass to Tyler Lockett to the Rams’ 35-yard line. But then the noise really kicked in, and, after a short Wilson incompletion, the Seahawks were charged with a false start. Usually it’s the Seahawks famed “12th Man’’ that messes with the opposition, but suddenly, there was a new obnoxious kid in town.”
Jarrett Bell of USA Today wrote about the lack of offense on both sides:
“There was so much talk about the Rams’ sluggish offense leading into the game, but Seattle’s offense isn’t exactly the Greatest Show On Turf, either. The Seahawks have scored just one touchdown in eight quarters this season.”
CBS Sports’ Bill Reiter talked about the scene at the Coliseum and how a win was a win for L.A. fans:
“This was Los Angeles football in the only way that matters in this city of Hollywood, stars, pretenders, dreamers and climbers: It was a win in the end they’ll take. It was victory. It was celebration and self-congratulations. It was that crowd chanting, those throwback Rams jerseys swaying, a team in its first game in a generation back on native soil beating an in-division foe, the details be damned. It was a gripping game that went the right way, a great defense that offers some real promise and the question marks cast aside for the savory feel of success in the here-and-now.”
Alex Marvez of The Sporting News mentioned what was learned from Sunday’s game:
“The Rams haven’t scored a touchdown in two games, but that didn’t matter Sunday against an opponent that only has one to its credit. This game invoked memories of Seattle’s … loss to the Rams in Week 16 last season in which the Seahawks rushed for only 59 yards, marking their lowest total since the pre-Russell Wilson days in 2011. Seattle gained only 61 yards Sunday. The Seahawks continue to seek a bell-cow running back to replace the retired Marshawn Lynch.”
The New York Times’ Mike Tierney saw plenty of jubilation with the L.A. fans:
“Aside from some scattered Todd Gurley jerseys, few surnames off the present roster could be found on the backs of pregame partyers. Hours later, though, that unremarkable roster surprised the star-studded Seattle Seahawks, 9-3, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Make no mistake, jubilation reigned outside and within the stadium over the team’s homecoming, after such a lengthy hiatus that The Los Angeles Times felt obliged to print a dos-and-don’ts guide to tailgating.”