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Seahawks Vs. Rams: Seahawks fall on the road in St. Louis

The St. Louis Rams knocked in four field goals and scored a touchdown off a fake attempt from punter Johnny Hekker to defeat the Seattle Seahawks, 19-13.

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Seahawks lose another close game to NFC West rival

It's pretty obvious to Field Gulls' Danny Kelly what the formula for the Seattle Seahawks is in order to pull off a win.

"The Seahawks' formula is: strong defense, strong special teams, strong running game, take care of the football, force turnovers."

Notice there isn't a mention of a strong passing game.

There doesn't need to be.

Even with Russell Wilson taking over at quarterback, the Seahawks' passing game is still their glaring weakness. It is the primary reason the Seahawks continue to find themselves in close games. They won't blow anyone out and due to their defense, they'll hardly ever get blown out themselves.

Wilson threw three interceptions. That's three extra possessions in a ‘you need the ball' kind of game. Maybe Wilson improves as the season progresses but, "We're not there yet. Wilson didn't inspire a whole ton of confidence in this one."

The Rams still beat the Seahawks due to four field goals and a fake field goal attempt that led to a touchdown. There are the Rams' 19 points. And with an offense that isn't going to score too many points on the other side, the Rams walk away with a win and put the Seahawks in an 0-2 hole in the NFC West.


James Carpenter leaves briefly but returns

The Seattle Seahawks may have lost to the St. Louis Rams, 19-13, on the road Sunday afternoon but at least they didn't lose any of their players to injuries.

There was a short scare with left guard James Carpenter leaving the game briefly due to a right knee injury but Carpenter's absence lasted less than a quarter.

Carpenter was making his season debut Sunday after being shut down with an ACL injury in his same knee last November. He was able to walk off the field under his own power and added postgame that his knee is "feeling great."

The starting guard on the other side of the line, John Moffitt, was also inactive this past week while nursing a knee injury of his own. Paul McQuistan started at right guard in his place and the Seahawks didn't seem to miss a beat with their running game compiling 179 yards on the ground. While there's no doubting their success in the run game Sunday, it will still be interesting to see what Seattle is able to do with their whole starting offensive line out there (something that has yet to happen in 2012).


Seahawks fall to Rams, 19-13

The St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, winning by a final score of 19-13.

The Rams used a strong second quarter to take control, scoring 10 unanswered points. Both teams traded multiple field goals in the second half, but Seattle was unable to find the endzone in the game's final minutes. Russell Wilson was picked off by cornerback Bradley Fletcher, sealing Seattle's fate.

The Rams improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Seahawks fell to 2-2.

Fantasy studs/duds

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch went full beast mode for the Seahawks, accumulating 155 total yards and a touchdown. St. Louis wide receiver Danny Amendola continued his hot start to the season, picking up 55 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Russell Wilson, on the other hand, struggled big time. He threw three interceptions to go along with a modest 160 passing yards.

Touchdown, punter

The Rams used a bit of trickery to score a second-quarter touchdown, using a fake field goal from punter Johnny Hekker to hit Danny Amendola in the back of the endzone. See the play for yourself.


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Did they cover?

The Seahawks entered the game as the favorites on the road, but failed to cover the spread after falling to the Rams. They were anywhere between one and three point favorites.

What's next?

The Rams will next take on the upstart Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 4. The Seahawks will face off against The Carolina Panthers in Carolina.


Seahawks still down 6 after 3 quarters

A couple of field goals have the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams going to the fourth quarter the same way that they started the third – with the Rams leading by six. Despite a more efficient offense, the Seahawks couldn't turn that into a score advantage and have one quarter left to make up a 16-10 deficit in St. Louis.

After starting the second half at the Seahawks' 48, the Rams didn't have to go far to get into field-goal range. That is especially true with Zuerlein kicking, so after getting just six yards, the Rams sent Zuerlein out and he nailed a 60-yard field goal to give St. Louis a 16-7 lead.

The Seahawks finally got some offense of their own going halfway through the period, and it started at their own 13-yard line. They methodically moved the ball down the field, eventually getting into the red zone, but their drive stopped there. They had to settle for a field goal and got just three points from their 13-play, 7:15-minute drive that cut the deficit to 16-10.

Seattle's only consistent offense has come on the ground, where they have 144 yards on 28 rushes. Russell Wilson hasn't been able to get much going through the air, completing 13 of 18 passes, but for just 134 yards and with two interceptions.


Rams take 13-7 lead at the half

After the Seattle Seahawks took the 7-3 lead in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams, head coach Jeff Fisher pulled a trick play out of his hat, while his defense tightened up to give his Rams a 13-7 lead at the half at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Seattle began the second quarter with a punt but intercepted a Sam Bradford pass on the very next possession to get the ball back. They couldn't get any points on the board as they would punt after a four-and-out, followed by another pair of punts from St. Louis and Seattle.

Russell Wilson tossed his first interception of the game on the next possession, leading to a 12-play, 52-yard drive from the Rams that concluded with a fake field goal pass from punter/holder John Hekker to a wide open Danny Amendola for the touchdown, giving St. Louis the 10-7 lead.


Seattle forced another Seattle punt, which lead to a four-play, 16-yard drive that ended with a 48-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal to give St. Louis the 13-7 lead at halftime.

Russell Wilson completed 8-of-11 of his passes for 85 yards and an interception in the first half, while Sam Bradford ended the half 10-of-17 for 146 yards and an interception as well. Marshawn Lynch has the lone touchdown for Seattle on 10 carries for 62 yards.


Seattle leads after first quarter

The Seattle Seahawks hit the road Sunday to take on the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome and got off to a fast start with a 7-3 lead after the first quarter.

The Seahawks made the most of their first possession of the game, taking the opening drive down the field for an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped off by an 18-yard Marshawn Lynch run to give Seattle the 7-0 lead.

The Rams came right back with a scoring drive of their own, having to settle for a 58-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein after a 10-play, 40-yard drive.

Russell Wilson finished the first quarter 5-5 for 55 yards, while Lynch finished the period seven rushes for 35 yards and a touchdown. As for the Rams, quarterback was Sam Bradford 5-6 for 82 yards, while Steven Jackson carried the ball five times for 33 yards, with a 23-yard scamper as well.


Doug Baldwin returns for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks will head into their game at the St. Louis Rams with seven players inactive, the same number of players who were inactive heading into their controversial victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football during Week 3.

The Seahawks will be without the services of defensive tackle Alan Branch, cornerback Danny Gorrer, strong safety Winston Guy, defensive tackle Jaye Howard, wide receiver Charly Martin, cornerback Byron Maxwell and guard John Moffitt.

The Rams will have seven inactive players as well. Not playing for the Rams are defensive tackles Matt Conrath and Jermelle Cudjo, quarterback Austin Davis, running back Isaiah Pead, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold and wide receiver Steve Smith.

The Seahawks welcome back wide receiver Doug Baldwin to the offense after he was inactive last week, and the Rams will have the services of running back Steven Jackson, who is battling a groin injury.

The Seahawks are on a two-game winning streak and are 2-1 on the season. The Rams are 1-2 and are coming off a loss.

This post originally appeared on SBNation.com.


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