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The Seahawks’ rushing performances vs. the Rams have been outliers in LA’s season

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Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

It would have been understandable if the Seattle Seahawks failed to put together a strong rushing performance in Week 10. They were without Chris Carson, the team’s best back, and D.J. Fluker, the team’s best run blocker. However, leaning on Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny, Seattle enjoyed their sixth consecutive game with 150 rushing yards or more.

Entering Sunday, the biggest performance for the Seahawks thus far had been a 190-yard day on the ground against the L.A. Rams in Week 5. That total was nearly 100 yards more than Los Angeles’ per game average allowed in 2018 (94.8), excluding their win in Seattle. And in their second victory against the Seahawks this season, the Rams were once again gashed on the ground by Seattle.

In the rematch, the Seahawks improved upon their previous season-high of 190 yards, running for 273 yards as a team. Over two games, Seattle averaged 231.5 yards on the ground against Los Angeles—136.7 yards more than the Rams have allowed in their other eight games.

Seattle ran all over Los Angeles in both matchups—succeeding in the area they want to the most—yet still dropped both games. As impressive as Sunday’s rushing performance was, it should serve as more fodder for the discussion around Pete Carroll’s team building principles. Or, perhaps they were simply outclassed by one of the NFL’s best teams.

The Seahawks’ 273 rushing yards as a team is also the third highest total of the Pete Carroll era, sitting behind a Week 14 win over the Cardinals in 2012 (284 yards) and a Week 10 win over the Giants in 2014 (350). It’s also the 12th time they’ve topped 200 rushing yards as a team since 2010.

With Carson potentially set for a return in Week 11, Seattle will try to extend their six-game streak of 150+ yards on the ground against a Packers defense that ranks 26th against the rush in DVOA.