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Take 2

A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

October 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks vs. Rams: What the national media had to say

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was held to just 53 yards rushing in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was held to just 53 yards rushing in Sunday’s loss to St. Louis. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks fell to 3-3 Sunday, losing 28-26 to the Rams in St. Louis.
Here’s a roundup of media reaction after the game from the national media and major newspapers.

 

“ARE THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS GOING TO MISS THE PLAYOFFS?”

BY LORENZO REYES, USA TODAY

The biggest concern facing Seattle’s defense comes at moments in which it had been the most effective in the past. The clutch. It’s when great teams elevate their play. Sunday against the Rams, Seattle closed the deficit to two points late in the fourth quarter. It looked like the Seahawks were going to rip apart any hopes of a Rams victory.
But the defense allowed (Austin) Davis to lead an eight-play, 80-yard drive that drained four minutes off the clock and widened St. Louis’ lead to nine points. It was a margin too big for Seattle to close. The final drive was something that would’ve been difficult to imagine happening a year ago.

 

“RAMS BURN SEAHAWKS WITH TRICK PLAYS, UPSET DEFENDING CHAMPIONS 28-26”

BY DOUG FARRAR, SI.COM

Rule No.1 of punt returning: follow the ball. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll argued with the officiating crew that (Tavon) Austin’s motion ended the play, but the refs didn’t buy it, giving the Rams an amazing touchdown against a team that rarely allows anything on punts at all.

 

“ANOTHER BAD DAY FOR SEAHAWKS’ OFFENSIVE LINE”

BY TERRY BLOUNT, ESPN.COM

Yes, the (Seahawks’) offensive line is banged up. For a few plays Sunday they were down to their third-team center in Patrick Lewis when backup Stephen Schilling left the game briefly in the second half. And left tackle Russell Okung is playing with a labrum tear in his left shoulder.

Even so, the offensive line isn’t playing well when all the starters are on the field and healthy. It appears to be a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but Wilson remains optimistic after another game in which he had to improvise to try to stay upright..

 

“RAMS’ FAKE ON PUNT RETURN IS ALL TOO REAL FOR SEAHAWKS”

BY SAM FARMER, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Rams had three huge plays by their special teams, the first a 75-yard kickoff return by Benny Cunningham that set up an early touchdown. Then, there was the back-breaker, a fake punt by St. Louis on fourth and three from their 18 with 2 minutes 55 seconds to play. They were protecting a two-point lead and didn’t want to risk putting the ball back in the hands of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who looked primed to make a comeback

 

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