Rams Defeat Seahawks, Tie for First Place in NFC West

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Rams defensive back Darious Williams (31) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle tight end Greg Olsen (89). Williams finished the game with two interceptions off Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, helping the Rams to a 23-16 victory.

Two weeks after being shellacked by the Miami Dolphins, the Los Angeles Rams bounced back in a major way. Their defense grounded the high flying Seahawks passing attack, lifting the team to a 23-16 win at SoFi Stadium. Here’s what we learned:

Spear and Shield Battle

It was a strength on strength matchup between the Seattle offense and the Los Angeles defense, with both units ranking in the top five in the league. It was the Rams defense, however, that prevailed. The defense, led by Leonard Floyd and his three sacks, limited Russell Wilson and friends to only three second half points, with that lone field goal coming in the fourth quarter. On the day, the L.A. defense tallied six quarterback takedowns and three turnovers. This was the seventh game this season that the L.A. defense allowed three points or fewer in the fourth quarter. Don’t be surprised if Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley’s name pops up once the next wave of coaching hires takes place.

Russell Wilson Unable to Cook Up Magic

This isn’t your older brother’s Seattle Seahawks team. Gone are the days of the Legion of Boom defense and the run-first, manage-the-game offense. The #LetRussCook movement is in full swing, with quarterback Russell Wilson leading the league with 28 touchdown passes. But turnovers popped their ugly heads into Chef Wilson’s kitchen, with the QB throwing two interceptions and fumbling once.  Going back to last week against the Bills, Wilson has committed seven turnovers (four interceptions, three fumbles). The offense’s margin for error is nearly non-existent, considering their defense is ranked at the bottom of the league. As Wilson goes, so do the Seahawks. 

Have a Day, Josh Reynolds

On a day when Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were relatively quiet on offense, it was Josh Reynolds who shined (though Kupp did haul in an incredible nine yard pass). He hauled in eight catches for 94 yards and consistently helped the Rams offense move the chains. The fourth year wideout tends to be overshadowed by his fellow receivers, with both Kupp and Woods coming off seasons where they recorded 1,000 yards receiving. With over 300 yards receiving so far, Reynolds is on pace to set a career-high in receiving yards (700). 

The win over Seattle lifts Los Angeles to 6-3 and into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West. They are now 4-0 at SoFi Stadium, and since 2017, they are 31-0 in games where they lead at halftime, according to NFL.com. Next week, they travel to Raymond James Stadium to do battle with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kickoff will take place at 5:15 p.m. PST on Monday Night Football.

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