First regular season game back in LA turns out to be a defensive showcase for Rams

Ramon Alvarado, Sci. & Tech. Editor

It was a hot, sunny Sunday yesterday in Los Angeles as the Rams hosted the Seattle Seahawks in the first NFL game back at the Los Angeles Coliseum since 1994. The weather conditions provided a perfect setting for the two offenses to go out and put some points on the board… but that wasn’t the case. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 9-3 and have now improved their record to 1-1.

Fans at the Coliseum on Sunday didn’t see any touchdowns scored, neither the Rams nor Seahawks were able to get into the end zone. Instead, those in attendance witnessed two stout defenses that were not going to let the opposing offense get anything rolling.

The Rams offense looked much improved from their last showing, but they still have yet to score a touchdown. LA was able to drive the ball down the field, but the Seahawks were able to get stops when they needed to. Kicker Greg Zuerlein ended up scoring all the points for Los Angeles, hitting all three of his field goal attempts. Perhaps the biggest bright spot for the Rams’ offense is that they did not turn the ball over against one of the most daunting defenses in the league. LA quarterback Case Keenum had thrown two interceptions against the 49ers last week, but the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary was unable to get their hands on any of Keenum’s passes this week.

Even with the improved offense, the main reason the Rams were able to defeat the Seahawks was its defense. The LA defense was all over Seattle quarterback, Russell Wilson, all afternoon. It was clear that the Rams’ speed on the defensive end threw Wilson off his game. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the previous game so he wasn’t very mobile, and the Rams ended up hitting him nine times, two resulting in sacks.

Seattle still had a chance to win the game as they were driving the ball down the field with under two minutes remaining, trailing 9-3. The Seahawks were able to get the ball on the Rams side of the field, but the Rams’ defense came in clutch. With under a minute remaining, Wilson completed a pass to running back Christine Michael, but as he fought for more yards, the Rams were able to force and recover a fumble to seal the game and their first win as the Los Angeles Rams since 1994.

The Rams now have to travel to Tampa Bay, where they will take on the Buccaneers in the third week of the season. The Rams, like the Buccaneers, look to improve their record to 2-1. Quarterback Jameis Winston leads one of the more potent offenses in the league in Tampa Bay, so Los Angeles’ offense will have to score some touchdowns, or have another epic defensive outing, if they want the win.