4 weeks into the NFL season and the Los Angeles Rams (4-0) have maintained their 2-game buffer on the rest of NFC West. Starting this week, the Rams will be embarking on a 3-game road trip, leaving California for the first time this season. Week 5 will find the Rams in hostile territory in Seattle. And now for a quick reminder for what happened the last time the Rams found themselves in the Pacific Northwest
Passing: C.J. Beathard 23-37, 298 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Matt Breida 9 rushes, 39 yards
Receiving: George Kittle 6 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD
The 49ers (1-3) jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead on the Chargers, courtesy of a Philip Rivers pick-six from S Antone Exum Jr. and a 2-yard touchdown toss from Beathard to WR Kendrick Bourne. Despite some really strange kicking woes for the Chargers (Caleb Sturgis went 0-2 on extra points and 3-4 field goals), the Chargers evened the score at 17 by halftime. The Chargers opened up the second half scoring 9 unanswered (missed extra points, the Chargers could make Justin Tucker bad at kicking) before the 49ers responded with an 82-yard touchdown from Beathard to Kittle.
The 49ers briefly took the lead early in the 4th quarter, 27-26, after a Robbie Gould field goal. The Chargers responded with a field goal on the following drive to take the lead for good. The final 2 drives for the 49ers totaled 6 plays and 31 yards and included a game-sealing interception by DE Isaac Rochell just short of the two-minute warning.
Next week: vs. Arizona Cardinals (0-4)
Seattle Seahawks 20, Arizona Cardinals 17
Passing: Russell Wilson 19-26, 172 yards
Rushing: Mike Davis 21 carries, 101 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Tyler Lockett 5 receptions, 53 yards
Passing: Josh Rosen 15-27, 180 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: David Johnson 22 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Ricky Seals-Jones 2 receptions, 52 yards
Another win, another game reliant on rushing and defense for the Seahawks (2-2). Thanks to a 101-yard effort from Davis, the Seahawks managed 171 yards on the ground, nearly matching Wilson’s passing yards. The Seahawks held the Cardinals (0-4) to only 263 yards.
For the Cardinals, it was the first career start for Rosen, the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft. While the stats aren’t crazy, Rosen looked poised and confident. Rosen’s first career touchdown pass came in the 4th quarter on a 22-yard strike to WR Chad Williams to tie the game at 17. Rosen even led a 12-play, 49 yard drive that killed 5 and a half minutes of time and left the Seahawks with no timeouts or two-minute warning to stop the clock. But K Phil Dawson missed the 45-yard go-ahead field goal and left the Seahawks with a short field to kick a winner of their own. 31 yards later, K Sebastian Janikowski hit a 52-yard field goal as time expired.
The play in which Rosen threw his first career touchdown pass also resulted in the biggest injury news this week. Seahawks safety and the last member of the Legion of Boom Earl Thomas suffered a broken leg and had to leave the game on a cart after being put in an air cast. On his ride to the locker room, he gave a salute in the direction towards the Seahawks sideline
Thomas is in the final year of his contract and was holding out for a new deal prior to the season. This injury comes just as reports started to surface that the Kansas City Chiefs were looking into acquiring Thomas as a one-year rental to bolster their secondary. In what will likely be his final season as a Seahawk, Thomas finished with 3 interceptions in 4 games. As a fan of the league’s greatest competitors, I wish Thomas a speedy recovery and best of luck wherever he may land next season.
Next week for Seattle: vs. Los Angeles Rams (4-0)
Next week for Arizona: @ San Francisco 49ers (1-3)