There is bad, and then there is really bad. The Rams, looked horrific.
Seahawks 33 Rams 6: The 2 game losing skid is over for Seattle, as the Hawks romped over St. Louis 33-6 to send the Rams to 0-7.
Recap: Matt Hasselbeck started great, cooled off, then finished strong as Seattle took a 10-3 halftime lead, and turned it into a blowout. Hasselbeck finished 18-35, with 2 touchdowns to backup tight end Will Heller, and one interception. After St. Louis went three and out on their opening possession, Seattle drove right down the field on a 11 play, 71 yard drive that lead to the easy one yard Heller TD catch. St. Louis responded, but could only contribute 3 points 2 drives later. Hasselbeck and Bulger each had a pick in the 2nd quarter, Seattle kicked a FG and the Hawks, who dominated the 1st half, had just a slim 7 point lead. That gave me that “We’re going to throw away another easy game at home” feeling.
Opening kick of the 2nd half, Nate Burleson, who returned a punt for a TD last year in their 24-22 win over the Rams, returned the ball 91 yards for his 1st career KO return for a touchdown. So it’s 17-3, game seems to be shifting further away from the Rams. They march down the field, kick a field goal…..those were the last points they would get. The Rams turned it over 4 times in the 2nd half, and 5 in the game, and that prevented any comeback. So Seattle continues this field goal binge, until another interception, this one by Julian Peterson, keyed another TD pass to Heller, to seal the game, and make it 33-6.
Shaun Alexander Watch: Uhhhhhh….
By the numbers:
- 5 turnovers by St. Louis (3 picks, 2 fumbles), and all of them were caused by Marc Bulger.
- 7 sacks on Bulger. Seattle had 16 sacks all season, and they get 7 in a game.
- 4 sacks by Darryl Tapp. The 2nd year player out of Virginia Tech had to wear a cast because of an injured right hand, but he had 4 sacks, a forced fumble, and a deflected pass.
- 47 rushing yards by Shaun Alexander on 19 carries.
- 42 rushing yards by backup Maurice Morris on 10 carries.
- 2nd in the league in sacks is Julian Peterson, who added to his total with one today.
- 4 inches that Seattle couldn’t make on an early 4th and inches play. Walrus calls a stretch play, loses a yard with Morris, St. Louis kicks FG after that.
Offensive player of the game: Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks defense really won that game, but he has 11 touchdowns versus 6 picks (2 were deflected in the Bengals game) on the season.
Defensive player of the game: Darryl Tapp. 4 sacks, 1 deflected pass, 1 forced fumble, he was just brilliant.
Special teams player of the game: Nate Burleson. Need I say more?
What’s Next: Seattle @ Cleveland (11/4), St. Louis vs. Cleveland (10/28)