A sampling of national-media reaction following the Seahawks' 24-3 victory over the Rams on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.

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For the sake of what the Seahawks needed to get done, the Rams could not have come along at a better time.

Seattle (9-4-1) got through the short week with a 24-3 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, getting a nice bounce-back game from quarterback Russell Wilson and a breakout game from Tyler Lockett.

The game was not without its drama, of course. Richard Sherman had another sideline outburst, which was not a good look. The Seahawks also seemed to struggle in certain areas and gave some pause about their postseason chances even as they were securing another NFC West title.

With the spotlight all to themselves Thursday, the Seahawks received plenty of scrutiny from the national media. Below is a sampling:

CBSSports.com’s Bill Reiter said the win does not mean the Seahawks are back:

“So don’t be fooled. The Rams are a horror show posing as a professional football team, and on Thursday night Seattle was a pretty good but not great football team posing as a dominant force because of its opponent.”

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com the impact linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright had on Thursday’s game:

“Carroll appreciates his linebackers because they execute his vision at the highest level. After more than five seasons in Carroll’s scheme, they have reached that career sweet spot where experience and talent meet. Perhaps more than any of the great players on this historic Seahawks defense, Wagner and Wright are just hitting their career peaks.”

NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling listed his concerns about the offense for one of his takeaways from the game:

“Although Wilson matched his passing touchdown output from the past four Rams matchups combined, Seahawks fans shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that this offense is clicking. Thomas Rawls was held under 50 yards on 21 carries and Wilson led just two scoring drives over five plays.”

Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com took a closer look at the strong connection Wilson and Lockett had all evening:

“Wilson’s biggest weapon against the Rams was Tyler Lockett. The second-year wide receiver got the start in place of Jermaine Kearse and caught 7 of 8 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. ‘I just wanted to see more,’ Carroll said of the decision to start Lockett.”

CBSSports.com’s Jared Dublin highlighted Lockett in his recap of the game:

“Speaking of Seattle wide receivers: Tyler Lockett got the first start of his career at wide receiver, and he made the most of it. Injured and ineffective through the early part of the season, Lockett is back at full health now, and he replaced Jermaine Kearse in the Seahawks’ two-wide sets.”

Shalise Manza Young of Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog discussed how dreadful the Rams have been:

“Rams fans have already started to lose their excitement over the team’s return to Los Angeles, and who can blame them? They don’t put points on the board (197 points in 14 games, just over 14 points a game), and since winning their first game back in L.A. (by a 9-3 score, natch), they haven’t won again at the Coliseum. Team owner Stan Kroenke is spending a lot of money to build a new stadium in Inglewood, but it’s going to be sparkling and empty if the Rams don’t start getting on a winning path.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez spelled out how big a debacle the Rams have become:

“The defeat was their ninth in 10 games, each week looking more hopeless than the last. The previous few weeks transformed the franchise into a full-blown clown show, as Jeff Fisher was baited into a silly public spat by Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and the team was booed by its home fans, setting the stage for a coaching change.”