On Sunday the Seattle Seahawks took on the Los Angeles Rams. Each team entered the Week 10 game having lost in Week 9, and neither wanted to be the team to leave this game with a two game losing streak.
For the Rams, a win would all but secure the NFC West division, while the Seahawks wanted a win to keep the door cracked not just on seeding for a Wild Card playoff spot, but for the very slim possibility of overtaking the Rams in the West over the final two months of the season.
Unfortunately for Seattle fans, it wasn’t meant to be, as there were simply too many key pieces missing for the Hawks, as Chris Carson and D.J. Fluker were both out with injury, and the defense simply could not stop the Rams high powered offense. Rookie running back Rashaad Penny looked great for the first time this season, and Tyler Lockett caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season, but it was not enough to overcome the Rams.
Here’s how Twitter reacted.
Rams complete the sweep, but Seahawks are way further along in their retooling than I think anyone would’ve expected.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 12, 2018
Both Rams-Seahawks games were really good.— Danny Kelly (@DannyBKelly) November 12, 2018
Both Rams games seem similar with the Seahawks playing much better than we expected, but just falling short. Very disappointing, but despite a "re-tooling" year they are proving they can still compete with the best. Love this team going forward.— David (@David_Seahawks) November 12, 2018
A Rams and Seahawks player both presented Floyd Mayweather with a game ball after scoring touchdowns. Because apparently no kids, Veterans or anyone else worthy was around.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 12, 2018
Rams secondary has gotten carved up in several games against any decent QB and the Seahawks only had 10 dropbacks in the 1st half.— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) November 11, 2018
Doug Baldwin tosses his helmet behind bench. Pete Carroll stares into the field. Rams celebrate. Final: Rams 36, #Seahawks 31 in a tremendous game at the old Coliseum. Another close one in a season full of them for Seattle (4-5). Hosts Green Bay Thursday night @thenewstribune— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 12, 2018
Ndamukong Suh on the nastiness of the Seahawks-Rams rivalry: "Seattle is a team that wants to come in and impose their will. We're a team that doesn't really allow those types of things."— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) November 12, 2018
Late in the game things got heated between Aaron Donald and Justin Britt, and that led to some extracurricular activity not just between plays, but after the game as well.
Aaron Donald is MAD pic.twitter.com/8A3QYWlCpW— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 12, 2018
Aaron Donald wanted smoke with Britt to pic.twitter.com/SgpcCQwKBO— (@just_illxx) November 12, 2018
Somebody tell dj fluker, Aaron Donald just wanted to talk lol pic.twitter.com/bIhlQRNTmK— (@just_illxx) November 12, 2018
The disagreement between Donald and the Hawks linemen likely had to do with the fact that Donald did what he wanted for much of the game, finishing with 2.5 sacks and 5 hits on Russell Wilson.
Aaron Donald just set a career high with his 12th sack of the season with 6 1/2 games still to play. That's his 2nd sack of Russ Wilson today.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) November 11, 2018
Newwwwwww recordddddd!— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) November 11, 2018
Aaron Donald sets the franchise single-season DT sack record with his 10th career sack of Russell Wilson on 3rd-and-6. Donald now has 12.0 sacks in the 2018 season.
Ndamukong Suh is 313 lbs.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 11, 2018
Aaron Donald is 280 lbs.
Russell Wilson is 215 lbs.
This isn't a fair fight.pic.twitter.com/i0HWGQp1np
That Aaron Donald guy is pretty strong... Just wrecks J.R. Sweezy backwards. #Rams— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 11, 2018
As a side note,#Seahawks Jordan Simmons looks good on this rep. #SEAvsLARpic.twitter.com/Rh5cQAjRjB
Now, while Donald is obviously an immense talent on the field, I can’t imagine that the league will look kindly on either his retaliation against Justin Britt late in the game, or on his post-game antics. I’d expect a fine at the very least, and a suspension seems warranted, though I’m not sure how much a suspension would actually do since over the last seven weeks of the season the Rams opponents for the remainder of the season have a combined record of 24-29. That 24-29 record is not bad, but the next game is against the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs, so after next week the Rams’ final five games will be against teams that are a combined 15-28.
In any case, it obviously wasn’t all bad, so here are some positives takeaways from the game.
Tyler Lockett did whaaa? pic.twitter.com/13A5Ax4pNg— C.J. Tumbarello (@TumbarelloHB) November 11, 2018
And another angle.
This run by Tyler Lockett... Great moves. #Seahawks #SEAvsLARpic.twitter.com/nUTylug3WH— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 11, 2018
Tyler Lockett doesn't believe in regression— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) November 11, 2018
Tyler Lockett is so so good at that subtle push-off right before the ball arrives. The corner was in great position right there and it didn't matter. Great route, great throw, great catch. Paydirt.— mike (@SeahawkScout) November 11, 2018
Tyler Lockett is a player. One of the first @PFF College standouts going into the 2015 draft.— Eric Eager (@PFF_Eric) November 11, 2018
Seahawks Fastest Ball Carriers By Week— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewisJR) November 12, 2018
1) Tyler Lockett 20.35 MPH
2) Tyler Lockett 18.33 MPH
3) Chris Carson 19.9 MPH
4) David Moore 18.49 MPH
5) Tyler Lockett 20 MPH
6) Rashaad Penny 19.1 MPH
8) Tyler Lockett 19.47 MPH
9) Doug Baldwin 18.76 MPH
10) Rashaad Penny 19.4 MPH
I regret that I did not start Tyler Lockett this week in fantasy... Made a grave error and I'll probably lose for my lack of faith. :(— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) November 11, 2018
Tyler Lockett — WORTH. THAT. CONTRACT.— Evan Hill (@EvanonHB) November 11, 2018
Rashaad Penny rushed 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 10 loss to the Rams.— Sapere Aude (@PrimaScriptura) November 12, 2018
Gotta be. We're just getting smoked every and which way. Almost 300 yards rushing today! Seattle was missing a RG and RB too!— Sosa (@QBsMVP) November 12, 2018
For reference: Rashaad Penny avg'd 3.5 YPC on the season before today. He avg'd 9 YPC today.
can we just give rashaad penny all the touches rest of the year so i at least feel halfway decent about that pick— PJ Diaz (@pjfdiaz_) November 12, 2018
Rashaad Penny coming out party— JP (@JPthaBidnezz) November 12, 2018