Peephole perspective: Seahawks 27-17. Another short TD run by Justin Forsett. An Olindo Mare field goal. A red-zone stand by the defense. The Seahawks’ first road win of the season.
Player of the quarter: Forsett. He had a long run (26 yards). He had a short scoring run (2 yards). He finished the quarter with 68 yards on 10 carries.
Play of the quarter: Mare’s 38-yard field goal. It not only salvaged something from Nate Burleson’s big punt return and Forsett’s big run, it was his 16th in a row – typing the club record set by Todd Peterson and later matched by Josh Brown.
Line of the quarter: 134-68. It was the Rams yardage advantage. It also was too little, too late.
The bigger picture: Fourth-and-inches became first-and-goal from the 7, as Justin Forsett went off the right side. Two plays later, Forsett capped the seven-play, 44-yard drive by scoring on his second short run – this one a 2-yarder.
The defense forced another three-and-out and Burleson set the table with a 29-yard punt return. Forsett broke a 26-yard run up the left sideline, but the drive then stalled and Mare’s field goal pushed the Seahawks lead to 27-10 with 9½ minutes left.
The Rams drove to the Seahawks’ 17 on their next possession, but WR Brandon Gibson couldn’t hold Boller’s third down pass and his fourth-down throw to TE Daniel Fells in the end zone was too long.
The Rams tacked on a garbage-time score, as Steven Jackson scored on a 1-yard run with 44 seconds to play. The run capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive. Boller ran 16 yards to the 1, on a play that was initially ruled a TD. But a review showed that his knee was down before he crossed the goal line.
Player of the quarter: Matt Hasselbeck. The Seahawks QB completed 5 of 11 passes, but also had a 19-yard run to set up Mare’s field goal.
Play of the quarter: Rams QB Kyle Boller passed to WR Danny Amendola in the end zone, but the ball was slightly underthrown and Babineaux made the interception.
Line of the quarter: 86-17. Those were the yardage totals for the quarter, with the Seahawks having 86 and the Rams only 17.
The bigger picture: The Rams got the ball first, but on third-and-5, MLB David Hawthorne got to Kyle Boller for a 10-yard sack. The Rams K.C. Asiodu got a hand on a Jon Ryan punt, which went 19 yards, giving the Rams a first down at the Seahawks 35. But the Seahawks got the ball back when Babineaux intercepted Boller’s pass in the end zone.
The Seahawks offense took advantage of Babineaux’s big play, sort of, by driving 59 yards in 11 plays to a 29-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. The big play was a 19-yard run by Hasselbeck to the Rams’ 28, as he faked a handoff to Justin Forsett to the right side and then spun and ran to his left. Hasselbeck’s run followed a 10-yarder by backup QB Seneca Wallace and a 9-yarder by Justin Forsett. But when Hasselbeck’s pass into the end zone to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on third down was just long, the Seahawks settled for Mare’s three-pointer.
The Seahawks turned up the heat on the Rams’ next possession, as rookie DE Nick Reed was held by Rams OT Alex Barron on second down and LB Leroy Hill got to Boller for a 13-yard sack on third down.
The quarter ended with the Seahawks sitting at the Rams’ 18-yard line and facing a fourth-and-inches. Hasselbeck hit WR Nate Burleson with a 17-yard completion on the drive that started at the Rams 44.
Player of the quarter: Kyle Boller. Starting because Marc Bulger is injured, the ex-Ravens QB completed 11 of 18 passes for 103 yards. He had one pass picked off and returned for a TD, but he also threw for TD.
Play of the quarter: The Rams went for it on fourth-and-4 with less than two minutes left, but the play ended up going 65 yards the other way as CB Kelly Jennings tipped Boller’s pass that was intended for WR Donnie Avery and CB Josh Wilson returned the deflection for a TD.
Line of the quarter: 5 of 8. That was the Rams on third downs in the quarter. That’s also 63 percent – compared to 0 for 2 for the Seahawks.
The bigger picture: The Rams’ drive that ended the first quarter carried over to the second, and they got even when Boller passed 1 yard to Avery for a touchdown. The Rams converted a trio of third-down situations on the 10-play, 65-yard series. Boller was 5 of 6 for 50 yards.
The Rams’ followed a three-and-out by the Seahawks by driving to the Seattle 41-yard line. But Boller threw incomplete on first and third downs to end the drive.
Another three-and-out by Seattle was followed by another Rams’ drive, this time from their own 12. The big play was Boller’s 33-yard pass to WR Ruvell Martin on third-and-4. But when the Rams went for it on fourth down, Wilson made his interception and TD return.
The Rams weren’t done, however, as they drove 43 yards in 10 plays to Brown’s long field goal on the final play of the half.
Peephole perspective: Seahawks 7-0, as Justin Forsett scored on a 3-yard run.
Player of the quarter: Forsett, who carried five times for 43 yards and scored the Seahawks’ TD.
Play of the quarter: The Seahawks had driven to the Rams’ 38-yard line and were threatening to score again, but Louis Rankin lost the ball when LB Paris Lennon forced the fumble and CB Justin King recovered.
Line of the quarter: 5-1-6. It belonged to FS Jordan Babineaux, who had five solo stops and an assist for six first-quarter tackles.
The bigger picture: Ugh, and thump. The Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive, but Matt Hasselbeck was sacked on the first play by rookie MLB James Laurinaitis and the Seahawks went three-and-out. The Rams then drove to the Seahawks’ 29-yard line, thanks to a 25-yard run by Steven Jackson, but Josh Brown was wide right on a 46-yard field goal attempt.
The Seahawks got it going the second time they had the ball, as Justin Forsett carried four times for 41 yards – including the final 3 for a touchdown and a 25-yard burst on the first play of the eight-play, 64-yard drive. That after the Seahawks generated a franchise-low 4 yards against the Vikings last week. Hasselbeck also passed 14 yards to TE John Carlson.
The Rams’ ensuing series – a three-and-out – ended when DE Patrick Kerney and FS Jordan Babineaux got to QB Kyle Boller for an 8-yard sack on third down. Kerney forced the play, while Babineaux finished Boller off. The Seahawks were moving again on their next series, driving from their own 35 to the Rams’ 38, but Rankin lost the ball and King recovered the Lennon-forced fumble.
The Rams were driving as the quarter ended, as CB Marcus Trufant was guilty of a pass interference penalty on one third-down play and Boller passed for 27 yards to Ruvell Martin on another third-down play.
The Rams have come out on top in the tale of two running backs. Julius Jones, the Seahawks’ leading rusher, is inactive today because of the bruised lung he got two weeks ago. Steven Jackson, the NFC’s leading rusher, is active for the Rams despite sitting out all week with back spasms.
That means Justin Forsett will get his second consecutive start for the Seahawks.
Jackson, meanwhile, won’t have Mike Karney, the fullback from Kentwood High School; or the right side of his offensive line – tackle Jason Smith and guard Richie Incognito. All three are injured, and inactive.
Also inactive for the Seahawks:
S Jamar Adams
OG Mike Gibson
OG Mansfield Wrotto
TE Cameron Morrah
DT Red Bryant
DL Derek Walker
3rd QB: Mike Teel
Also inactive for the Rams:
CB Danny Gorrer
OG Roger Allen III
WR Jordan Kent
RB Chris Ogbonnaya
Kent was with the Seahawks last season, while Ogbonnaya was signed off the practice squad on Saturday just in case Jackson could not play. Right guard Adam Goldberg moves to tackle for Smith, with Mark Setterstrom stepping in at guard for Goldberg — who was starting at guard because Incognito is out.
Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome, where the Seahawks are looking to win their first road game since they beat the Rams here last December. In fact, two of the Seahawks’ last four road wins have come in this building.
Today, the Seahawks also will attempt to get their running game going after rushing for a franchise-low 4 yards against the Vikings in Minnesota last week. Whether they will have leading rusher Julius Jones remains to be seen. He bruised a lung two weeks ago against the Cardinals, did not play against the Vikings and was limited in practice this week.
The Seahawks rushed for a season-high 167 yards in their season opener against the Rams at Qwest Field and last week the Rams surrendered 126 rushing yards to the Cardinals – in the first half.
The big question for the 1-9 Rams is Steven Jackson. The former Oregon State back leads the NFC in rushing and total yards from scrimmage, but he was sidelined all week by back spasms.
Being able to run the ball and contain Jackson – if he plays – will be vital if the Seahawks are to snap their six-game road losing streak, and match last season’s win total.
We’ll be back later with the inactive players.