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Russell Wilson and Chris Carson better than counterparts, and that was enough

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NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

What a ride.

The Seattle Seahawks achieved the league’s first 4-1 record against the L.A. Rams on Thursday evening. The biggest difference statistically in Seattle’s win is a direct comparison of best on best on the offensive side of the ball.

Most rational people are in agreement that Aaron Donald is perennially nominated for best player in the NFL. While he wasn’t game-changing against the Hawks, he was still very, very good. On the first two drives in particular his presence felt suffocating to Seattle’s O-line.

But offensively, the Los Angeles Rams have put most their eggs - and dollars - in the baskets of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Gurley’s $45 million guaranteed “reset the RB market” once again, and Goff’s $110 million made people scratch their heads.

But head-to-head, both Chris Carson and Russell Wilson shined brighter than usual, and certainly brighter than their Los Angeles counterparts.

Todd Gurley:

15 carries, 51 yards, 3.4ypc.
18 total touches, 57 total yards, 2 TDs.
One fumble lost.

Chris Carson:

27 carries, 118 yards, 4.4 ypc.
28 total touches, 123 yards, 1 TD.
Zero fumbles.

Gurley has seen his workload decrease steadily this season, and looks like a shell of the player that earned the contract he’s currently on. He’s on pace for a career low in carries, and his knee will likely ever remain a question mark.

Carson, meanwhile was phenomenal, especially in the second half. It’s his second 100+ yard rushing game in a row, signaling what is potentially an offensive groove similar to what Seattle found after week three of last year. He pulled a move normally reserved for Rashaad Penny or C.J. Prosise as he outran 10.5 Rams en route to a crucial first down in the 3rd quarter

Jared Goff

29/49, 395 yards.
One TD, one INT.
General lack of ability to make consistent deep throws (that one thing he’s supposed to be good at)
Passer rating of 83.3

Russell Wilson

17/23, 268 yards.
4 TD, zero INT.
Incredible ability to make throws that baffle the announcers to no end

If you watched the final five minutes of this game, it was incredibly close, and obviously would have held a very different atmosphere had Greg Zuerlein made the kick at game end.

But win or lose, Seattle’s most important offensive weapons are playing some of their best ball. In Wilson’s case, he is playing his - and the NFL’s - best ball.

Even when the Rams had a tight end go 50 yards more than Will Dissly, and a receiver with double the yards of Tyler Lockett, you’d be a complete goff gaff to think that Goff and Wilson are even in the same conversation.

Even when the Rams have the 10th overall pick and had an offensive line that gave up zero sacks, which looked to be generating more movement until late in the game, Chris Carson looked like the back with the pedigree than the UDFA.

There’s plenty more to celebrate in the days ahead, but in the biggest game of the season the biggest offensive weapons rose to the challenge.

Seattle will hope to continue this momentum from their two primary ball carriers as they take on the remainder of the AFC North.