Jackson entered the game on the first defensive series, as Seattle's rotation on the D-line again went eight deep. Jeff Fisher notoriously led the Rams to just one more win after a 3-1 start previous year, so the hope is that, in this case, history won't repeat itself.
The slow starts continued.
It's rare for a kicker to be the true star of a game, but this has happened a few times this year already. Kellen Clemens' fourth-down pass on the game's final play was incomplete.
The 2013 Seahawks were different for many reasons.
Former Rams receiver Torry Holt tweeted: "Sammy Watkins 0 catches on four targets, Watkins now has 1 catch for 17 yards over his last two games". Also do not be surprised if they give the playoff teams a run for their money for this season.
That team wasn't for real, and it ended up winning just one game the remainder of the year. In last week's win over the Cowboys, Zuerlein was a flawless 7/7 on field goals, while Hekker now ranks 7th in the National Football League with an average of 47.8 yards per punt. The O-line will continue to hold this team back, and I'm not as sold on the defense as I used to be, particularly with Cliff Avril out for what might be the rest of the season. He had two against the Seahawks, for 7 yards.
The Cardinals still will play both Seattle and Los Angeles twice still, including the Rams in two weeks in London. The Rams are slight favorites to win the game, now listed as 1.5 point favorites against the spread. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, however, the offense had to keep it close. Fans and media members are attributing this to the defense being old, but this isn't the case.
What's Next: The Rams travel across the country to face the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, while the Seahawks will enjoy their bye week. The defense is spending the majority of the game on the field, which is causing defenders to tire late in games.
The Rams (3-2) breezed down the field on their opening drive - going 61 yards on seven plays - but lost possession when Thomas knocked the ball out of Todd Gurley's hands and into the pylon, resulting in a touchback. For what it's worth, Seattle has scored a total of nine points in those three games against the Rams in the Coliseum.
LOS ANGELES The Seahawks got up for game day here to another typically flawless Southern California day. If they score first they can play oriented around ball control and take the pressure off Goff, which will be crucial going up against by far the best secondary they've played all year.
There are two best hopes for the Seahawks, and the Groz offered one of them on the Show of Record. The Rams were the new hotshots eager to swat down the mighty Seahawks.
NFL's second-leading rusher. Rams' leading receiver.
This will be a fun chess match to watch between Wilson and Los Angeles defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Limiting explosive plays from Gurley will go a long ways towards a Seahawks win on Sunday. They've done it before; they should have the benefit of the doubt.
A week after its solid second-half performance at Dallas, the defense stepped up for four quarters against the Seahawks.
"What (the Seahawks) do defensively is tremendous", Goff said, "and they did a good job shutting us down offensively". But there will always be some blame for the coaches when a team loses: Why didn't they do this?