Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch Non-Factors in Seattle Seahawks’ Win Over St. Louis Rams

Joe Nicholson – USA Today Sports

Good teams always find a way to win games even if their top players can’t perform.

Despite the fact that both Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch had their worse outings of the season, the Seattle Seahawks were able to end up getting the win 14-9 against the St. Louis Rams in a game that wasn’t decided right until the final play.

Wilson threw for two touchdowns, including an 80-yard pass to Golden Tate, but his overall performance was very unimpressive. The second-year quarterback finished the game with only 139 passing yards after completing 10 out of 18 passes, but what was most noticeable was the fact that he got sacked an incredible seven times. The Seahawks offensive line was unable to give Wilson any kind of protection and he was never comfortable in the pocket or even running where he only tallied 16 yards.

Lynch didn’t have it any easier. ‘Beast Mode’ had his worst game since 2011 as he gained only 23 yards on eight carries. Part of his bad game can be accredited to the high pressure implemented by the Rams on defense, but Lynch was never able to get it going.

The Seahawks’ defense wasn’t at their best, but it was more than enough to prevent the Rams from reaching the 10-point plateau. St. Louis’ points were three field goals made by Greg Zuerlein as Seattle did a good job preventing Kellen Clemens from finding the end zone. In fact, the Seahawks came up big in the final seconds to stop the Rams’ offense at the goal line to secure the win.

There’s no doubt that the Seahawks need to improve after this performance and both Lynch and Wilson need to step it up. Seattle might have ended up winning this one, but if they play like this in a postseason game it’s likely that the game will end up with a different outcome.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google


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