The Seahawks notched a big win Sunday vs. the Rams in LA. Here's what national media members had to say about Seattle's 16-10 win.
Entering the week, people were legitimately asking the question: “Are the Rams the best team in the NFC West?”
After Seattle’s 16-10 win Sunday over the Rams in LA, the answer — at least for now — is a resounding no.
Sure, the Rams looked formidable. And the Seahawks needed five turnovers and some luck to sneak away with a victory, but that’s life in today’s NFL. And when push came to shove, Seattle made the plays that mattered.
While the offense again struggled to establish a running game or consistent tempo on offense, the defense mauled second-year QB Jared Goff and star running back Todd Gurley in the LA sun. Earl Thomas busted out some Bruce Lee moves, Sheldon Richardson arrived in a big way and on the other side of the ball, Jimmy Graham hauled in his first touchdown of the season.
Here’s what national media members had to say about Seattle’s win:
Danny Heifetz of The Ringer says the Seahawks turned back the clock and played like it was 2013:
“While the Rams looked like the 2016 version of themselves, the Seahawks played like it was 2013. Safety Earl Thomas looked like his usual self, a.k.a. the best defensive back of his generation, with one interception late in the game and a forced fumble on a would-be Todd Gurley touchdown. That fumble resulted in a Seattle possession because the loose ball hit the pylon, mandating a touchback (NFL rules are dumb).”
Brady Henderson of ESPN looks at what the win means for Seattle:
“The Seahawks head into their bye on a high note. They’re sitting atop the NFC West standings at 3-2 and have a road victory over the Rams under their belts, which is significant given how Los Angeles looks like the Seahawks’ stiffest competition in the division. The Seahawks have a lot of work to do, particularly on offense. Seattle gained only 46 yards and turned the ball over twice on its first five possessions, so the offense’s inability to get off to a strong start remains an issue. But the Seahawks are in good shape, especially now that three of their toughest road games are behind them.”
Kevin Patra of NFL.com notes how good Seattle’s defense looked against the high-flying Rams:
“The Seattle defense grounded Sean McVay’s high-flying offense. The Rams entered Sunday averaging an NFL-high 35.5 points per game and 383.8 total yards. The Seahawks bottled up Todd Gurley and forced Jared Goff into low-percentage tosses, holding L.A. to 10 points. The Rams moved the ball at times, earning 375 yards and 21 first downs, but Seattle forced five turnovers, including two from Goff late in the fourth quarter.”
Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated says the Rams may have lost, but they’re not to be taken lightly:
“Los Angeles may not have won Sunday, but they proved they belong at the top of the division—one they haven’t won since 2003. It’s OK if you were skeptical of the Rams after a few games under a 31-year-old coach and second-year quarterback who went winless as a starter after being drafted No. 1. But five games in they have proven capable of winning against playoff teams. Todd Gurley has returned to his Offensive Rookie of the Year form, Robert Quinn is speeding off the edge, Mark Barron has made the transition to the hybrid defender and Cooper Kupp has become a dependable receiver.”
While Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report says it’s way too early to crown the Rams:
An argument can be made that the Rams simply didn’t play well, and they still had an opportunity to win late in the contest. They probably would have, if rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp had made a difficult catch in the end zone with five seconds remaining. But he didn’t.
The Seahawks created multiple turnovers, and their defense is good enough to fluster any opponent. But the Rams offense won’t likely make as many mistakes the next time these two teams play.
Here’s a smattering of reaction on Twitter:
— Rich Boudet (@richboudet) October 9, 2017
And then there was this from Rams WR Sammy Watkins, who cryptically tweeted after notching zero catches on four targets:
Something gotta be going on
— King Me (@sammywatkins) October 9, 2017