Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams 10/28/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Seattle Seahawks 14, St. Louis Rams 9
October 28, 2013
Despite the lopsided season records, the Week 8 installment of “Monday Night Football” had plenty of interesting storylines to follow. The Seahawks came into St. Louis with just one loss, on a mission to increase their stranglehold on the NFC West. Meanwhile, the Rams were simply trying to put up a reasonable fight after losing their starting QB in Week 7. They did just that Monday night, but ultimately fell short.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the game so that we can get an idea of why things panned out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look forward to Week 9 and see what’s in store for each team’s immediate future.
What Happened: As most people expected, there wasn’t much scoring going on here, so the Rams were in striking distance the entire time. They struck first during the opening quarter, posting a field goal to make it 3-0 going into the second. Seattle posted the lone score in the second quarter, with a 2-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate.
After halftime, the Rams clawed to within one with another field goal, but Wilson and Tate hit pay-dirt again on a stellar 80-yard touchdown pass. During the fourth, the Rams could only muster a field goal. Though they managed to get down to the Seahawks’ goal line, they were stopped short as time ran out. Seattle emerged with a close win 14-9.
The victory brings the Seahawks to 7-1 on the year, with the Rams falling to 3-5.
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The Stars: Defense ruled the game--on both sides. The Seahawks’ vaunted defense came up big once again, especially on the last series at the goal line. They tallied a pair of interceptions and three sacks as well.
Not to be outdone, the Rams D was great as well. They held Seattle to just 135 yards of offense, with 80 of those coming on Tate’s second TD catch. Their seven sacks helped keep Wilson from developing a rhythm.
Zac Stacy was also pretty darn good in keeping the ball out of the Seahawks’ hands. He posted 134 rush yards on 26 carries, amounting in a 38:09 time of possession for St. Louis.
The Goats: Never a source of strength, the Seattle offense wasn’t able to do much of anything. Wilson had the two touchdowns, but he also had just 139 yards passing. 48 more were lost on sacks. Along with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin, the team could only come up with 44 yards on the ground.
Kellen Clemens posted a solid effort, but showed some rust with two picks and a 36.8 quarterback rating.
Also, though he was great everywhere else, kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a key field goal later in the game that would have put the Rams in position to win with a kick instead of having to punch in a touchdown.
Injuries: A key player on each side came out of this week’s game. For Seattle, WR Sidney Rice left with an injury, and the Rams’ Zac Stacy was removed as well.
Rice came out in the second with a knee issue. Stacy’s ankle was sprained late in the game. We’ll have to keep an eye on both players moving forward.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 9, the Rams will have another home game. They’ll welcome the 3-4 Titans, who will be coming in fresh off a bye. (1:00 PM ET, CBS)
As for the Seahawks, they’ll get a very favorable matchup at home with the 0-7 Buccaneers. (4:05 PM ET, FOX)
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