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Week 14 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 12, Los Angeles Rams 28

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Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks fell behind early, and couldn’t get their passing game going against a defense that was playing their ‘A’ game. Russell Wilson went without a touchdown for the first time all season. Early in the game, the offense was dealt a blow when they lost RB Rashaad Penny to a seemingly serious looking leg injury. While Metcalf was the most dependable receiver, none really stood out, as Wilson spread the ball around. Surprisingly, the Seahawks defense kept this one within reach right until the end, including chipping in with the team’s only TD of the game, but the offense kept on finding ways to stall drive after drive

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams offense looked close to their early 2018 version in the convincing win over Seattle. Todd Gurley was back to a workhorse role, including four receptions, his highest total since Week 4. Jared Goff was accurate, and the passing game featured a high frequency of rollout designs as Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee thrived. Brandin Cooks was a notable non-impact player for the Rams as he was sporadically on the field and only saw two deep targets in the game.

Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 36 - 245 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 28 - 0
Wilson actually looked pretty good at the start, spreading the ball to five receivers in the opening drive alone, but in the end settling for a field goal. After that, the Rams scored a TD, and held the lead the rest of the way, which put the Seahawks primarily in passing mode. Wilson had some success, but repeatedly was unable to finish things off, often getting trapped in the pocket by a fierce pass rush that sacked him five times. Wilson didn’t take many shots downfield, and had trouble getting into any sort of rhythm at all. The best pass he made was a 35-yard perfect loft to Metcalf down the sideline, who managed to pull it in despite the double coverage. Wilson later converted a 4th and 18 play from his own ten yard line -- desperate times, indeed! – to Josh Gordon, whom he continues to develop a rapport with. Trying to make things happen near the end, Wilson made a big first down on the ground, only to have it called back on a penalty. His final act of desperation was to launch the ball deep to Lockett, who couldn’t out-jump the Rams defender for the slightly overthrown ball, which was intercepted and effectively ended the game.

RB Chris Carson, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 76 - 0, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)
Carson’s final numbers are decent, considering the fact that his team was playing from behind for 90% of the game. He kept up his bruising running up the middle, and when Penny went down, became a passing target as well. He did, however, miss a screen pass, and though he made no glaring errors as a receiver, the downgrade was evident. With Penny’s injury looking like a long term one, expect Carson’s usage to increase in the coming weeks.

RB Rashaad Penny, 1 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (1 targets)
Penny went down on his first touch, a 16-yard gain on a screen pass. The injury has been reported as a “significant ACL sprain”, which suggests an absence of several weeks.

WR DK Metcalf, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 78 - 0 (6 targets)
Metcalf was quietly efficient, catching all six of his targets, and again proved a dependable target for Russell Wilson. Most of his catches were of the short to medium variety, moving the chains or getting close on most plays. As has often been the case for the rookie, he made one great play and also one regrettable one. The regrettable was an unnecessary roughness penalty that hurt the team at the end of the third quarter. And his highlight catch was down the sideline in double coverage, corralling a perfectly thrown ball over his shoulder for a 35-yard gain.

WR Tyler Lockett, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 43 - 0 (6 targets)
Lockett was efficient, catching four of his five targets (and the fifth was slightly overthrown), but put up a mediocre yardage total for a second straight week after recovering from a shin injury that seems to have hampered his game in past weeks. This week, he was not on the injury list, and looked all the way back, but was unable to make any big plays. His game started with hitch pass that looked promising, but he didn’t get far as the defense bore down on him quickly. His other three were a slant for a near first down, and a couple of athletic catches over the middle that moved the chains. Near the end of the game, he was the target of a deep throw, but Lockett was unable to both beat his defender or get to the slightly overthrown pass, which resulted in an interception.

WR Josh Gordon, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 34 - 0 (5 targets)
Gordon made one catch early on and added his second late in the game, converting a big 4th-and-18 catch for a first down. It may not seem like much by the numbers, but Gordon continues to stake his claim to the third wideout job, as he more than doubled the snap count of fellow receivers Malik Turner and David Moore (37-15-14), while proving himself dependable in the clutch.

TE Jacob Hollister, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 34 - 0 (6 targets)
Hollister continues to be a major part of the passing attack, but had trouble doing any real damage in this one. His woes started with a drop on third down that was hard to take, since the Rams doubled their lead to 14-3 on the next drive. Hollister was mainly used as a checkdown target, moving the ball effectively in that role. As a fantasy player, his target total is still encouraging, especially taking into account that it was a rough day for all involved in the Seahawks passing game.

Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 31 - 293 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0
Goff consistently won with play-action and rollout designs to the Rams passing game, securing a needed divisional win over Seattle. Goff jumped out to a hot start with more than 100 yards and a touchdown drive in the first quarter, featuring a strike down the sideline against the blitz to Tyler Higbee for more than 30 yards. Of Goff’s two interceptions, one was caused by Robert Woods stopping his crossing route and significant pocket pressure turned into an interception returned for a touchdown. The other was Goff overthrowing Brandin Cooks on a deep route. Whether to the left or right, Goff was sharp on rollout throws and fueled after-the-catch yardage. Goff’s highlight throws included a laser deep in-cut to Cooper Kupp for a touchdown as the Rams jumped to a significant halftime lead and later another 30+ yard rollout to Tyler Higbee.

RB Todd Gurley, 56 offensive snaps, Rush: 23 - 79 - 1, Rec: 4 - 34 - 0 (4 targets)
Gurley logged the second-most touches in a game this season for the lead back against Seattle with 27 and a promising four receptions. Gurley had more than half his rushing yardage on two runs, including showing explosion to the edge on one instance. Gurley also showed a strong stiff arm to the edge on a red zone touchdown run. Gurley nearly scored on another red zone carry, tackled at the goal line after a solid gain. While Malcolm Brown sparsely played, Gurley’s backup did siphon a goal line touchdown from Gurley’s potential for an even bigger game than his 113 total yards and a touchdown.

WR Robert Woods, 69 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 29 - 0, Rec: 7 - 98 - 1 (9 targets)
Woods continued his strong volume, seeing another nine targets against Seattle, by far the most of any Rams’ wide receiver. Woods thrived with the rollout designs for Jared Goff, gaining after-the-catch yardage on most receptions. Woods added a rollout goal line touchdown and a jeet sweet on the ground for more than 10 yards. The lone demerit for Woods was stopping on a crossing route and turning a Goff target into an interception returned for a touchdown. A stingy Cowboys matchup is up next for Woods in Week 15 to continue his four-game streak of at least 95 yards.

WR Cooper Kupp, 20 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 4 - 45 - 1 (4 targets)
Kupp did not see a target until the second quarter and was a clear secondary option to Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee in the Rams passing game. Kupp was red-hot in the second quarter but saw only one reception the rest of the game. Kupp’s production included a third-down conversion and later a laser deep in-cut for a touchdown as the Rams surged to a big first half lead. Kupp has scored in back to back weeks and is closing in on 1,000 yards for the season.

WR Brandin Cooks, 27 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Cooks played less than half of the snaps against Seattle and saw only two deep targets. One was well covered and the other was an overthrow by Jared Goff. The Rams won comfortably and Cooper Kupp’s snaps were also down compared to his seasonal average.

TE Tyler Higbee, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 116 - 0 (11 targets)
Higbee was a featured element of the Rams passing game for a second week in a row with Gerald Everett out of the lineup again in Week 14 against Seattle. Higbee led the team with 11 targets and was a big play maven with three receptions of more than 20 yards. Higbee won down the sideline as Jared Goff beat the blitz and Higbee surged down to the goal line. Higbee also added a yards-after-catch infused rollout reception for more than 30 yards. The Cowboys are an optimistic tight end matchup next week if Higbee draws another start pending Gerald Everett’s status.