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Rams-Seahawks: Instant Reaction to Thursday Night Football!

Updated NFC West final record predictions, grading the Rams offense and defense, and the Play of the Game

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

With the help of Tyler Lockett, the LA Rams secured an important 26-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. The Rams improve to 4-1 and build an early two-game lead in the NFC West standings over the Seahawks, a team that will remain in limbo as they await word on the dislocated middle finger of quarterback Russell Wilson.

Holding off a late comeback attempt by Geno Smith, who had the ball with over 2:00 minutes remaining, facing a six-point deficit but was intercepted by Nick Scott when Lockett tripped, the Rams defense again got away with bend-don’t-break optimism and have now won 80-percent of their games.

But did the LA Rams play “good” on Thursday night?

That’s how we start off this week’s Turf Show Times Instant Reaction podcast. The Rams played a tale of two halves, so we graded the offense for the first and second half, then the defense for the second half.

If Sean McVay can somehow find a mix of the good offense and the good defense, then LA will be every bit as good of a contender as they looked in the first three weeks.

If the Rams instead keep enough space open on defense for even Geno Smith to look like an NFL quarterback, and Matthew Stafford goes in and out of accuracy (seriously: where were some of those passes sailing to exactly? Inspiration5?), then LA will fail to live up to expectations.

Blane also gives his Moment of the Game, we discuss the big night by Robert Woods, and give an updated prediction for the final record of all four NFC West teams. Do the Rams still come out on top? Does Seattle make the playoffs?

Subscribe and check back here at TST after every Rams game this season for an instant reaction from myself and Blane Dydasco.