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Week 5 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 29, Seattle Seahawks 30


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Los Angeles Rams

The Rams defense is proving to be a concern area, yielding a host of quality drives against them in the last-second loss in Seattle. The Rams offense, however, has found its stride of late, including this week’s effort. Todd Gurley has been bottled up on the ground more than a year ago, but his market share of the backfield is not in question with 15-of-16 running back carries and exclusive goal line work (two touchdowns) against the Seahawks. Gerald Everett posted a career day (7-136-0) on 11 targets as Brandin Cooks was a near non-factor before exited in the early fourth quarter with a concussion.

Seattle Seahawks

Wilson had a near perfect game, with a 151.8 passer rating. He was efficient under pressure and though the yardage total was nothing spectacular, it came with four passing TDs. The running game remained a strength, as Chris Carson topped 100 yards for the second game in a row, and Rashaad Penny looked good in limited action while working his way back from injury. Of the receiving corps, the trio of Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and Will Dissly did most of the Seahawks damage, while David Moore scored on his only reception.

Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 49 - 395 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0
Goff has thrown 117 passes over the past two weeks as their back-and-forth slugfest in Seattle centered around the passing game in Week 5. Goff made a number of high-quality throws with pressure in his face at the intermediate level on deep out routes and down the seam in critical moments. Goff’s interception, his seventh of the season, came on a drop by Gerald Everett which was tipped into the air for a roving defensive back to corral. Goff nearly scored on a quarterback draw two-point conversion attempt, stopped just short of the goal line. Goff, down by a point, drove the team into field goal range in the closing seconds, only to have the field goal attempt fade wide for the divisional road loss.

RB Todd Gurley, 67 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 51 - 2, Rec: 3 - 6 - 0 (5 targets)
Gurley dominated the Rams backfield against Seattle in terms of snaps and touches. He ran with power inside versus contact and ripped off two runs of consequence. However, he was contained from reaching the open field by the Seattle defense as even five targets did not result in a quality receiving performance and, save for two red zone touchdowns, Gurley lacked overall impact on the ground. Gurley added a drop and a lost fumble for his up-and-down game. On the positive side, Gurley looked closer to his early-2018 and 2017 self this week and he has seen minimal rotation with Malcolm Brown.

WR Cooper Kupp, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 117 - 1 (17 targets)
Kupp had a quiet first quarter against Seattle but exploded over the rest of the game for his fourth straight 100-yard game game and adding his fourth touchdown over the past three contests. Kupp’s target volume has been unstoppable as well with 63 over five games, including a season-high 17 this week alone. Kupp had three catches late in the fourth quarter alone and his touchdown came on a laser red zone throw by Jared Goff to close the first half on a high note. Kupp separated from coverage with easy on short-to-intermediate routes and was an after-the-catch maven.

WR Robert Woods, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (9 targets)
After exploding for a monster game last week, Woods came back to reality in the road loss to Seattle despite nine targets and the team throwing 49 passes overall. Woods came close to a bigger game with a drop and a deep out in the end zone reviewed, but ultimately ruled incomplete, as a potential touchdown. Woods’ successful efforts were mainly short hitch and out routes as Cooper Kupp and Gerald Everett collected the strong yards-after-catch opportunities this week.

WR Brandin Cooks, 46 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 27 - 0, Rec: 1 - 29 - 0 (3 targets)
Cooks took a big hit to the turf following a contested sideline reception early in the fourth quarter, ending his game with a concussion. Cooks was a minimal part of the offense despite playing more than three quarters with a mere three targets (the Rams threw a robust 49 times in the game) and only one target until midway through the third quarter. Cooks showed his acceleration on an end around rush for 27 yards. Cooks two other targets included a long bomb into tight coverage and coming wide open on a deep in-cut route, which Jared Goff missed with a woefully short pass. Cooks’ status for Week 6 will be up in the air and Josh Reynolds is the next man up in the wide receiver rotation to see an uptick of snaps if Cooks is out.

TE Gerald Everett, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 136 - 0 (11 targets)
Everett logged a career-high performance against the Seahawks, surging to 136 yards on 11 targets, second-most on the team. Everett was a matchup nightmare, exploiting linebackers and safeties regularly for gashing chunk receptions. Everett broke tackles for a highlight yards-after-catch play of 30 yards and later replicated another broken tackle-infused long gain of more than 30 yards down to the goal line. Everett made one of the big mistakes of the game for the Rams with a dropped target tipped into the air and turning into a critical late-game interception. Everett did redeem himself on the Rams’ potential game-winning drive with a chunk seam reception into field goal range and an out route to further set up the kick. Everett is coming into his own in Year 3 over the past two weeks with 19 targets and gaudy 12-180-1 stat line.

TE Tyler Higbee, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (3 targets)
After Higbee saw seven targets last week as the Rams passed the ball nearly 70 times, the all-around tight end had a tempered game as fellow tight end Gerald Everett broke out with a career day. Higbee did not find the box score until the second half and did convert all three of his targets into receptions, including an inside screen for 20 yards. Higbee also had a reception called back by penalty.


Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 23 - 268 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 32 - 0
Wilson’s four passing TDs were the product of smart work while under pressure, as he had Aaron Donald and Clay Matthews in his face all day long. The volume was not high (only 23 attempts), but he was in vintage form spreading the ball around to nearly all of his receivers and backs. He got a little lucky on Lockett’s brilliant first quarter catch in the end zone, but again and again, Wilson proves that he knows what his receivers are capable of, and full credit to him for putting it up there for the taking rather than throw it away. Wilson found DK Metcalf perfectly over the middle on a deep post for a score; and TD’s #3 and #4 were shorter passes. First to David Moore, a quick hitch with enough room to run that he found paydirt, and second to Carson, who found himself wide open (and almost dropped the catch!) for the winning score. Wilson continued to show an excellent rapport with Will Dissly, finding him twice for sizable gains, and also to his running backs, who occasionally are even lining up wide. Finally, it’s worth reminding just how dangerous Wilson is on the ground, and that Wilson seems to be running more this season, but isn’t taking any big risks as tacklers close in.

RB Chris Carson, 62 offensive snaps, Rush: 27 - 118 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 1 (2 targets)
Without any truly long carries, Carson had a very effective game on the ground, pounding the ball for 4.4 yards per carry. Carson was not used much in the passing game until the final drive of the game, in which he first bobbled a 5 yard pass into the end zone, but managed to corral the ball for the game winning TD. His best runs were in the second half -- which seems to be a trend – as he turned a broken left run into a first down and more on the right side, and a little later showed off his agility working through a crowd up the middle, going untouched for a 10 yard first down. Most impressive is that he is showing a maturity in his running style, reading blocks well and staying patient when necessary, without losing his power game.

RB Rashaad Penny, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 18 - 0, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)
This game marked Penny’s return from a hamstring that sidelined him for two games. He played a change of pace role with limited (12) snaps. He did quite a lot with his minimal time, however, carrying the ball six times, and even lining up wide on a second half play and showing excellent concentration in catching a 30-yard pass down the sideline. It’s worth paying attention to is that his skills were on full display, even on plays that did not become big gains. As a runner, he was not only agile but also read his blocks well; and on one catch, he so easily made the first defender miss, but then slipped up a couple of yards later. The backfield is firmly Chris Carson’s right now, but if opportunity were to knock, Penny looks ready to take advantage.

WR Tyler Lockett, 67 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -8 - 0, Rec: 4 - 51 - 1 (4 targets)
Lockett made quite the highlight catch in the first quarter, as he somehow swooped in to catch a lobbed pass in the back corner of the end zone while managing to drag his toes in bounds at near full speed. He had a merely ‘good’ game overall, but to put things in perspective, Lockett tied for the lead in targets, with only four (all of which, he caught). He also continues to return kicks, and added a 33 yard kickoff return.

WR Jaron Brown, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 36 - 0 (4 targets)
Brown so far has seemed to be the most reliable third WR option, but lost a fumble early in the game, and then lost his footing on his second catch -- but at least did a good job getting open, and converted the first down on that play. His third target was a close call, as he almost brought in an underthrown ball close to the turf. While he held a slight edge over the others in snap count (24-17-17), the third WR role seems to be a 3-way timeshare.

WR DK Metcalf, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 44 - 1 (3 targets)
Metcalf’s day was a case of quality over quantity, as he made the most of his three targets. The highlight was in the second quarter. He lined up on the left side, and was turned on the jets to burn past Marcus Peters on a post pattern for an easy catch as he walked into the end zone for a 40-yard score. His missed target was a red zone throw near the goal line, but was thrown too high.

WR David Moore, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 10 - 1 (2 targets)
As could be expected, Moore’s snap count was low (17) as he shared a role in the 3rd WR rotation. His touchdown was actually a catch behind scrimmage, which he caught with a little room to run, and made a nice move to shake the closest defender while another two closed in, but too late. Moore is best left on the fantasy bench, but also worth keeping an eye on, based on his usage, as he tends to see a red zone target or two each game.

TE Will Dissly, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 4 - 81 - 0 (4 targets)
Over the first four games of the season, Dissly has quickly become an integral part of the passing game, and this game was no different. Most of his catches were of the shorter variety, but he also got wide open on a flag pattern in the first quarter, for a 38-yard gain, which set up a TD on the very next play. Later in the half, he made a skillful over the shoulder catch in coverage, for a 20-yard gain. Although he missed out on scoring for what would have been a fourth game in a row, Dissly did catch all four of his targets.