Two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles at home, 24-10, and the league took notice. Russell Wilson and his band of injured and often dirty players still had a pulse. Yeah, they lost to the Jaguars the following week, but the Seahawks rarely lose two games in a row. right?
The Los Angeles Rams don't like the Seahawks and the Seahawks don’t like them. And after the Week 5 loss at home against Seattle, the Rams were looking for revenge. And man, was it sweet.
Let’s take a look at the expected and unexpected aspects to the game:
Expected: Todd Gurley had himself a day
I made this a centerpiece to my bold predictions before the game, but to be honest, it wasn’t very bold. RB Todd Gurley was bound to have a strong game, given the fact that the Seahawks were going to be weak at linebacker. It also says something that Gurley can accumulate 152 yards on only 21 carries. His 7.2 yards per average was simply dominant and in my opinion, broke the back of the Seahawks defense — they had no answer to Todd Gurley.
Unexpected: The Rams defense were absolutely perfect against Russell Wilson
As much I love the Mob Squad, I expect them to have moments where they give up big plays early in the game. And with a game-changing quarterback like Russell Wilson, it was quite a surprise to see guys like LB Robert Quinn rise to the occasion. While it wasn’t a surprise to see Aaron Donald dominate with 3 sacks, it was a pleasant surprise to see the edge rushers play so well.
Expected: the Rams showed that their RB depth is not to be underestimated
RB Malcolm Brown may not be a household name, but he’s a perfect RB to have behind a guy like Todd Gurley. Brown’s 45 yards on 10 carries and Tavon Austin’s 44 yards on 10 carries prove that the Rams aren’t just a one-headed monster. Well, they technically are, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Malcolm Brown gets a lot of playing time in Week 17 if the Rams take care of business in Tennessee.
Unexpected: Troy Hill wasn’t a liability at cornerback
If you told me at the beginning of the season that the Rams were going to end the season with CB Troy Hill playing meaningful minutes, I would have expected the Rams to have given up on the season. Instead, the Rams are headed for the playoffs and Troy Hills is playing confidently. I still don’t fully trust Troy Hill, but this Sunday he proved me wrong with a strong performance, keeping the Seattle receivers in check.
NFL pundits were probably surprised by the dominant performance by the LA Rams, but were we expecting this? Yeah, I was. That early loss to the Seahawks left a mark and Coach McVay wasn’t going to let it happen again. This was a great win for the team, but let’s just call it for what it is: another day at the office.