There were plenty of positives and negatives in the game and that was generally more on the defensive side of the ball as dumb penalties and undisciplined plays extended drives for the Seahawks.
Let’s jump right into the stock report:
WR Cooper Kupp
This has nothing to do with Kupp’s play and everything to do with his injury. In the postgame press conference, Head Coach Sean McVay stated that the injury doesn’t look good. The Rams may have lost their reliable third down chain moving WR to a torn ACL, though nothing is for certain yet.
OLB Dante Fowler Jr
Even with the strip-sack and recovery late in the game, Fowler’s mistakes were inexcusable today. Fowler registered two drive-extending penalties for the Seahawks that both directly resulted in touchdowns. After being invisible (well, for the Rams) for three quarters, he came alive near the end in actual pass rushing situations. The Rams need Fowler to make more of an impact and less undisciplined mistakes.
ILB’s Mark Barron and Cory Littleton
The Seahawks had 273 rushing yards. That is a horrific job by not just the inside linebackers, but the entire front-seven. After getting gashed on the ground in the first game, the Rams defense managed to allow it again. These two seriously need to do a better job of getting off blocks and shooting gaps effectively.
OLB Samson Ebukam
Ebukam was absolutely invisible in the game. Sensing the theme here? The edge rushers struggled rushing the passer outside of the end of the game, and Ebukam specifically struggled against read options.
OLB Matt Longacre
It was honestly painful watching Longacre chase QB Russell Wilson around everywhere. He looked like he was running in mud. This year hasn’t gone well at all for the upcoming free agent.
RB Todd Gurley
Gurley will break 1,000 yards rushing next week. Today he was able to rack up 160 total yards on 19 touches, as well as a rushing touchdown. Gurley looks primed to challenge LT’s record of 31 touchdowns in 2006 though it will be hard to reach as Gurley is currently at 17.
DT Aaron Donald
The games best player is now up to 12.5 sacks on the season making it his career high. What Donald has been able to accomplish in 10 weeks is absolutely jaw dropping, and his play manages to get better every week. At this point Donald might even crack 20 sacks which would be downright legendary.
TE’s Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett
The tight ends were involved early in this game and it paid off! Everett and Higbee combined for five receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns. The stat line isn’t eye opening, but the tight ends caught every target and were productive in a small target share.
WR Brandin Cooks
Cooks showed up with a big game registering 10 receptions for 100 yards on the dot. He was wide open with a lot of space to run on another target that was overthrown by QB Jared Goff. Cooks was tremendous today, and with the injury to Kupp in today’s game, he’ll need to shoulder even more of the load (as well as WR’s Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds).