If the Seahawks lose to the Rams on Sunday (they are down 34-0 at halftime) it actually will not eliminate them from the playoffs, or even for the division. However, the Seahawks have made a pretty definitive statement today that they will not win the division.
The offensive line cannot protect Russell Wilson against Aaron Donald, as he’s been sacked four times.
Wilson cannot beat the Rams defense whether he’s under pressure or not, fumbling away a ball, fumbling another for a 23-yard loss because he couldn’t successfully throw it away a few seconds earlier, and is 8-of-15 for 85 yards.
Seattle cannot run the ball and even if they could, they wouldn’t.
Tanner McEvoy had a bit catch and fumbled it. Jimmy Graham had a big catch and couldn’t hang onto it. Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson have caught 0 of 4 targets.
They can’t stop the run, as Todd Gurley has 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns -- at the half. Jared Goff does not look great but he does not have to. Donald is touching Wilson more often than God does.
Basically, in the course of 90 minutes, the Seahawks have given the Rams the division while also giving Gurley a better case for MVP over Wilson and Donald a better case for Defensive Player of the Year over Wagner. It’s been one hell of a day, and the “day” is only half over. It’ll be interesting to see how Seattle handles the next 30 minutes of the clock because they haven’t played this badly since 2010.
Austin Davis and Sean Mannion may be the quarterbacks by the fourth quarter.