INGLEWOOD, CA –The Los Angeles Rams are tied for the lead in the NFC West after beating divisional foe the Seattle Seahawks, 23-16 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Improving to 6-3, the keys to victory included brilliance from Jared Goff, winning the turnover battle and a smothering defense, wreaking havoc on Russell Wilson all afternoon.
Taking an early 10-7 lead courtesy of a short touchdown run courtesy of Darrell Henderson, the Rams defense forced three turnovers handing Seattle their second consecutive loss. Jared Goff utilized the play action pass to his benefit, going 27 of 37 for 302 yards in the air.
Los Angeles defense clipped the Seahawks soaring attack, only allowing a paltry 333 total yards. The Seahawks looked helpless. Former MVP frontrunner Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson failed to find the end zone, while accounting for three costly turnovers, including two interceptions by Rams cornerback Darious Williams.
The Rams defense stymied the league’s NO.1 offense.
Ranked as the NFL’s second best defense in both yards and points allowed, the Rams sacked Wilson six times in the victory. Also, the secondary contained deep threats wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Metcalf had only two receptions for 28 yards.
Josh Reynolds snagged eight receptions for 94 yards, while running back Malcolm Brown had two rushing touchdowns.
At a mark of 6-3, the Rams are tied with the Arizona Cardinals atop the crowded and talented NFC West division. Unfortunately, Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth suffered a leg injury, and was carted off the field. Whitworth is an emotional anchor for the Rams as well as their best lineman.
Next week, the Rams travel to Florida to face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night on ESPN.