By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Rams were coming off a tough loss at Miami and a game where the offense looked discombobulated with four turnovers as they headed into the bye week.
All that doubt went away this week when the Seattle Seahawks came into SoFi Stadium with Russell Wilson who was playing at an MVP level.
The Ram Defense was having none of that as they came away with a 23-16 win holding down the leagues third-ranked offense averaging over 400 yards per game. The win gives L.A. a 4-0 record at home.
It was a collective effort as Lennard Floyd led the way with three of the Rams six sacks along with a fumble recovery. Darius Williams who has started seven of nine games this season twice picked off Wilson, once in the endzone stopping a potential scoring drive.
“It was an unbelievable job by our defense,” said Coach Sean McVay. “You just can’t say enough about what they’ve consistently done, doing it against an offense that’s arguably producing at the highest level in the league.”
Wilson who has thrown for 2,730 yards and 28 touchdowns this season only had 246 passing yards while completing 22 of 37 for a passer rating of 57.0 percent his lowest since 2018. It was the second straight game against the Rams (6-3) he had no touchdown passes vs. this defense.
“You can’t understate everything they’ve done,” said Jared Goff. “It’s exciting as a quarterback to be so reliant on them. You want to win the game by four touchdowns but we don’t have to score on every drive. We’re able to rely on the defense a little bit and it’s helpful.”
Micah Kiser led the defense with 12 tackles that included 10 solo. John Johnson III added 8 solo tackles. Jalen Ramsey shut down DK Metcalf holding him to two catches for 28 yards.
As a team the Rams have only given up one second half touchdown all year. “I really couldn’t say enough about our second half adjustment’s the coaches do a great job on figuring out what needs to be done,” added McVay.
The Offense drove downfield on its opening possession and got a field goal from Kai Forbath it was his first at SoFi stadium. Jared Goff seemed to be confident as he connected on 27 of 37 passes for 302 yards with no interceptions. He bounced back strong after two INT’s and two fumbles the last game against the Dolphins. He did lose a fumble on a strip sack.
The ground game led by Malcom Brown had two running scores as Darrell Henderson added a third rushing TD. Those two and Cam Ackers combined for 100 yards rushing.
Josh Reynolds had career highs hauling in 8 catches for 94 yards, including a 21 yarder. Tyler Higbee had 3 catches for 60-yards a 20-y.p.c. average.
“I think that in the fourth quarter if we had been able to finish those drives with a touchdown we’d feel a lot better,” added Goff. “We are happy about the win but being able to score 35 instead of 23 would have been tremendous.”
The team will make its 5th East Coast trip in nine games when they head to Tampa to take on Tom Brady and the (7-3) Bucs on Monday night.
RAM NOTES: Darius Williams had the first multi –interception game of his career… Lenard Floyd 3 sacks were a career game high. Kiser’s 12 tackles made this the third game he had 10 plus tackles… Aaron Donald had 2 hits on Russell Wilson that totals 35 career hits on Wilson. The Rams held Seattle to 3 points in the 2nd half. The Rams have only allowed only 3.7 points after halftime- that’s the lowest in the league.