Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/13/11
When I sat down to watch this game, I had no idea what to expect. I knew Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch would have a big day, and I figured the same for Rams running back Steven Jackson as well. I was surprised, and immensely impressed with more than a couple of things. The Seattle Seahawks (5-7) took the field Monday night against the (2-10) St. Louis Rams. The game began the way I thought it would, boring. Suddenly, the emergence of Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin would grab my attention, and never let go after that. Early in the 1st Quarter the Seahawks blocked and returned a punt to take the lead 7-0. There would never really be a battle as Seattle had this game under wraps the whole night. We're going to take a look at things that impressed me, depressed me, and the "bone headed play of the night".
First, we'll start with things that impressed me, and it would be wrong if I started with anyone other than wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Baldwin finished the game with 7 receptions for 93 yards a touchdown, and blocked punt. It was like watching a star being born, the man shined. I was even more shocked when I learned he was an undrafted rookie free agent! A great game from him connecting with his quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who finished his day completing 21 passes for 224 yards and a passing touchdown. This was a great game for Jackson to prove he can get the job done in Seattle. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had an above average game as well rushing for 115 yards on 23 carries, one of those ending in the end zone to seal the game off at 30-13. On the defensive side of the ball the players that impressed me were linebacker K.J Wright and cornerback Brandon Browner. Wright finished the game with 8 tackles and a sack, and Browner totaled 4 tackles and an interception. It was good seeing such huge performances from all of the young guys, especially rookies. 

The only thing that impressed me from the St. Louis Rams was the performance by wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. He came in to this game not having much chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford, due to an ankle injury that has sidelined Bradford, and caught 5 balls for 82 yards.
 
Now for the things that depressed me. We'll start with the Rams. From the start of this game it never really seemed like the team was in it. The offense couldn't move the ball or get into any type of scoring opportunity. They were given a chance on a pass interference call which moved them right to Seattle's one-yard-line where they settled for a field goal to bring them within 7 points of the Seahawks. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford should have never played in this game. You could clearly see he wasn't ready, or comfortable out there. Bradford finished the day completing only 12 of his 29 passing attempts for 193 yards. He threw one interception, and no touchdowns. I'm not completely down on him, I do realize this is strictly because of injury. Let's remember he was the Offensive rookie of the year last year, and had a great season. Moving on to the Rams defensive woes, they allowed a total of 359 yards and let Seattle put 30 points on the board. It was just a horrible position for the Rams to be in, especially on Monday Night Football.

The things that depressed me by Seattle were penalties. The Seahawks totaled 9 penalties and lost 61 yards doing so. They came in to this game second in the league in most penalties averaging 9 a game. This cannot continue, their luck will run out with playoff caliber teams and could affect the outcomes of games. Also, of the two touchdown drives they had their yardage never exceeded 50 yards. The Doug Baldwin touchdown catch was a 50 yard drive, and the Marshawn Lynch rushing touchdown totaled only 42 yards. They need to be able to go the distance if they want to be a playoff squad. Being able to make 60-80 yard drives are what make teams successful. 

The final thing that depressed me was when the Rams were about to go 0-2 on goal line attempts in the 4th quarter. Sam Bradford had thrown an incomplete pass which was covered by the cornerback Sherman. After he broke up the pass he proceeded to get into the ear of the intended receiver and let him know he defended that pass. This awarded St. Louis with a brand new set of downs and eventually ended with a Steven Jackson rushing touchdown. This was my bone head play of the day, you can't do things like that, especially in the red zone on 3rd down. I understand the emotion, and excitement of the game, but this was bone headed. It cost his teammates a 2nd goal line stop, and he'll be hearing about it come film study.

My final thoughts on this game are that Seattle played a great game. This win moves them up to 6-7 and puts them in the hunt for the playoff picture. Although unlikely if they win out they could find themselves looking at a Wild Card berth. With all of the firings today in Kansas City, and Miami, you have to wonder if Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnulo (who is also in his third season) is next? I wouldn't be surprised if he is fired by next week. 

That's all I have for you guys tonight, I hope you enjoyed this recap!

--JT
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