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Week 12 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 27, St. Louis Rams 17
|QB Matt Hasselbeck, Pass: 14 - 25 - 102 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 18 - 0|
Hasselbeck was efficient, and played mistake free football while handing off the ball (and the spotlight) to Justin Forsett. He came close to scoring on a couple of red zone passes to Houshmandzadeh, but they missed connecting by a matter of inches. On one play, Hasselbeck fooled the entire defense with a bootleg to the left for first down yardage, but overall it was a very quiet day for Hasselbeck.
|RB Justin Forsett, Rush: 22 - 130 - 2|
Forsett had a huge game. He impressed from the start and only got better as the game wore on. He showed excellent vision, making quick cuts, finding holes, and getting through them fast. He was used in short yardage situations and both scores came from inside the five yard line. At times, the small back was also surprisingly hard to take down, in a kind of slippery-shifty way. Even when running down the clock in late stages, he still made big gains. With Julius Jones ongoing injury woes, this game may have garnered Forsett significant playing time for the rest of the season. The only knock on his game was that he did not get many looks as a receiver, though he normally does. But then, he wasn't alone on that front, so it's probably not the beginning of a trend.
|RB Louis Rankin, Rush: 5 - 12 - 0|
Rankin was initially used to spelled Forsett. Rankin fumbled in the first half, and was given only one carry after that.. It may have had more to do with Forsett's big game than the fumble, however.
|RB Justin Griffith, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0|
Griffith was more of a dump option than anything. He'll get the occasional catch, but never for many yards.
|WR Nate Burleson, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0|
Burleson is still one of Hasselbeck's prime targets, but in this one, the entire passing game was overshadowed by the running game. Burleson was reliable, hauling in all catchable balls, but his opportunities were limited.
|WR Deion Branch, Rec: 3 - 19 - 0|
Branch did well in that he caught everything thrown his way; but he continues to be primarily an underneath target, and seldom used -- especially in a game like this, where the Seahawks have a lead and the running game is clicking.
|WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0|
Houshmandzadeh is still the Seahawk receiver most likely to score. In this game, the opportunities were few, but he nearly pulled in a couple that would have been scores. In one instance, the ball was on his fingertips but he couldn't hold on; and in another, the ball was just barely out of reach. The important thing to remember here: Houshmandzadeh continues to be Hasselbeck's main man in the end zone.
|TE John Carlson, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0|
Carlson was more prominent in the running game than the passing game this time around. Hasselbeck showed that he still has no problem throwing to him, but the opportunity simply wasn't there this game.
St. Louis Rams
|QB Kyle Boller, Pass: 28 - 46 - 282 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 26 - 0|
Boller had an up and down day. It began with a couple of unlucky bounces that resulted in interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. The Seattle secondary was very good, mind you, but Boller didn't hand them any gifts. Boller made good decisions in the pocket, but was pressured all day and underthrew his receivers far too often. He was sacked four times, and safety and corner blitzes gave him trouble. He worked hard on his would be 16-yard touchdown run (which was overturned, and Jackson ran it in from the one). Turnovers made the big difference in the final score, but it was his inconsistent receivers and a lot of pressure from the defense that led to them.
|RB Steven Jackson, Rush: 23 - 89 - 1, Rec: 5 - 27 - 0|
Jackson is still the center of this offense. He started off the game with a big gain and found the end zone once later on. Jackson was tough to take down, as defenders tend to bounce off of him when he's at full speed.
|WR Danny Amendola, Rec: 7 - 55 - 0|
Amendola looked a lot like a go-to guy in the fourth quarter. Beyond Donnie Avery, the Rams receivers all have upside and all are inconsistent. Amendola did his part to remind us of that when, late in the game, he was unable to pull in a catchable pass near the goal line.
|WR Donnie Avery, Rec: 4 - 48 - 1|
Avery was Boller's top target in the clutch, but disappeared for stretches. He was used effectively on catch and run plays, and caught one touchdown reception, a sneaky red zone play that had him in motion and starting out of the backfield.
|WR Brandon Gibson, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0|
Gibson looked good, but gave way somewhat to Danny Amendola in the late going. As the current number two on the depth chart, it's a situation that bears watching.
|WR Ruvell Martin, Rec: 2 - 60 - 0|
Martin got open a couple of times for big gains. He looked every bit as impressive as Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson but at fourth on the depth chart, did not receive as many opportunities.
|TE Randy McMichael, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0|
McMichael actually caught the first pass of the game from Boller, a nice crossing route that he was able to take past the first down marker. But then he was not even targeted for the rest of the game.
|TE Daniel Fells, Rec: 1 - 25 - 0|
Fells one catch came late in the game, as he busted through several defenders for extra yards.