The Rams defense started the game with… well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. The Seahawks, lead by running back Marshawn Lynch, marched down the field 80 yards to put up an easy 7 points.
But then the good Rams showed up for a majority of the game.
Here are a few quick hits from today:
1) In a surprising move by Coach Fisher, wide receiver Steve Smith (and running back Isaiah Pead) ends up on the inactive list making room for rookie Brian Quick. Along with fellow rookie wide receiver Chris Givens, Quick finally made an impact on the game. Givens hauled in a beautiful 52 yard pass from Bradford for a huge gain. Quick logged in his first NFL pass reception a well timed 19 yard catch. Good to see the youngin’s get some playing time and contributing.
2) I can’t talk about this game without mentioning the current front runner for Rams MVP, rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein. All he did was break Jeff Wilkins‘ 1998 57-yard record by punching through the uprights a 58-yarder. Then as if that wasn’t enough in the third quarter he one ups himself by launching a 60-yard field goal to extend the Rams lead 7-13. Zuerlein went 4 for 4 connecting on 58, 48, 60, and 24 yard field goals. All in all he scored 13 (1 point from a PAT) of the 19 Rams points.
3) For all the talk about Steven Jackson‘s groin he lasted the entire game: 18 carries for 55 yards. Not the most exciting stat line but Jackson came up with some bursts and critical drive extensions. If anything the threat of him breaking a long one kept the Seahawks defense honest.