Seahawks’ near-comeback results in another close loss to Rams
LOS ANGELES — The Seattle Seahawks were right there, as they always seem to be.
They trailed the Los Angeles Rams by five points with 84 seconds remaining and no timeouts, setting the stage for another Russell Wilson comeback. He drove Seattle to L.A.’s 35-yard line with a long pass to Tyler Lockett, then a scramble run. But the Seahawks’ hopes of a season-altering victory ended as Wilson’s fourth-down pass sailed over Lockett’s head, sealing a 36-31 win for the Rams and another close loss for the Seahawks.
No escape from L.A. this time for the Seahawks — just another close loss and a 4-5 record that puts their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.
The bigger-picture outlook shouldn’t completely overshadow how the Seahawks, for the second time this season, traded punches with perhaps the NFL’s best team. They hung with the Rams the same way that they nearly beat them when they played in Seattle, by running the ball often and effectively to the tune of a staggering 273 yards. It was Seattle’s first time over 200 rushing yards in a game since Week 13 of the 2016 season, and it was without two of the biggest difference-makers in their run game in running back Chris Carson and right guard D.J. Fluker, who were sidelined.
Mike Davis started in Carson’s absence and the Seahawks finally got first-round pick Rashaad Penny involved. Even Wilson, seemingly more reluctant to run this season than in the past, went for 92 yards on the ground.
It became a shootout thanks to Seattle’s defense continually letting Jared Gofffind open receivers over the middle of the field. Seattle also couldn’t cause any turnovers this time around after intercepting Goff twice in the first meeting.
The Seahawks were 10-point underdogs at one point this week, the most points their opponent has been favored by since 2011, Pete Carroll’s second season in Seattle and the year before Wilson was drafted. It’s encouraging that the Seahawks hung with the Rams again, but getting close isn’t going to get it done if Seattle wants to get back to the postseason.
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