The middle of July has arrived, meaning the heat of summer is starting to wear on people, Hurricane Season is about to enter its most dangerous period and NFL training camps are just around the corner. Specifically, for fans of the Seattle Seahawks this means that the opening of camp is just ten days away, and so here at Field gulls we continue our countdown towards camp by working through the 2018 contests one at a time.
So far the countdown has taken fans through
- The Wild Card loss to the Dallas Cowboys,
- The Week 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals on a last second field goal,
- The primetime upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes
- The trap game loss to the San Francisco 49ers,
- An ugly Monday Night Football win over the Minnesota Vikings,
- Complete and total destruction of the 49ers when they came to Seattle,
- A comeback victory over the Carolina Panthers, which came just a week after the
- Come from behind victory over the Green Bay Packers at home.
That brings the countdown to Week 10, when the Hawks traveled to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Rams and put up one of their best offensive performances of the season. In terms of yards, the 414 yards of offense Seattle posted that day was its second highest total of the season, and the 31 points tied for the third highest output of the day. In short, the Seattle offense was clicking on all cylinders that day, and the capabilities of the Rams potentially potent offense were on full display.
In any case, in a back and forth matchup that saw multiple lead changes and the second highest combined point total for the Hawks during the 2018 season, when crunch time came things got interesting. Specifically, with just over six minutes to go in the game, the Rams dialed up pressure from the edge from their trade deadline acquisition, Dante Fowler, and asked him to go head to head with the Hawks 2017 trade deadline acquisition, Duane Brown. The result was exactly what Rams fans would have wanted, and not quite what Seattle fans would have hoped for.
I went through this play in detail last fall, and it’s worth revisiting with training camp on the horizon and the Rams having resigned Fowler in free agency.
In any case, 2019 should be a fun season for Seahawks fans, specifically if they can finally knock off those pesky Rams, to whom Seattle has now dropped three consecutive games.