A few quick thoughts from Seattle’s 14-9 win at St. Louis on Monday night:
What happened: There aren’t many times in the NFL when the consensus is that one team will solidly beat the other. But that’s the way it was this week as Seattle traveled to play a St. Louis team playing backup quarterback Kellen Clemons. It came down to one play from the Seattle 2-yard line with four seconds left, and Clemons’ pass fell incomplete. Seattle held on. It wasn’t pretty – at all – but it was a win.
The good: The Seahawks won, and that’s about where the good ends. The offensive line struggled mightily all game. Russell Wilson was sacked seven times, including three times by Robert Quinn alone in the first half. The defensive line didn’t generate much of a pass rush, and St. Louis, a team that has struggled to run the ball, gashed the Seahawks for most of the night. The Seahawks had (two) interceptions that halted St. Louis drives. But the good in this game is slim pickings.
The bad: Take your pick, really. The offensive line surrendered seven sacks and struggled creating running room for Marshawn Lynch. The offense, as a whole, had only six first downs at one point in the fourth quarter. The defense picked off Kellen Clemons a couple of times, but allowed a Rams team that isn’t known for running the football to run the ball effectively. And Clemons, who was starting in place of the injured Sam Bradford, wasn’t under heavy pressure from the Seahawks like many expected would be the case. Seattle has had plenty of costly penalties that either aided a St. Louis drive or hampered a Seattle one.
The big picture: Seattle’s got a lot of holes to plug, especially along the offensive line. You can’t leave this one feeling too good, except about that last stand at the goal line by the defense.