By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After a lopsided loss to Arizona last week at So-Fi Stadium the Rams had a short week to prepare for Seattle on Thursday Night. During a post-game interview QB Mathew Stafford stated, “I’m glad this is a short week so we can forget about this.”
That appears to be what Stafford and his teammates did as they came away with a 26-17 victory over the Seahawks in front of 68,747 at Lumen Field.
The veteran quarterback found Robert Woods for 12 catches on 14 targets and 150 yards both were game highs. Through the first few games Woods wasn’t used a bunch on offense.
“ We had a little talk just trying to get involved in the offense,” said the former USC All-American. “He said he was going to give me some touches.”
Coach McVay made that part of the game plan and now the Rams are 4-1, 1-1 in the division.
Stafford was hampered a bit due to an injury to his right index finger. Right before the half trailing 7-0 the Rams were faced with a 4th down and 4 but unsure of Stafford’s finger. McVay decided to let Matt Gay kick a 31-yard field goal with just over a minute left in the half that cut the lead to 7-3.
“It was a bit out of place and I was able to put it back in and keep going,” said Stafford. “It didn’t affect me to much to be honest with you.” The 13-year veteran went on to complete 25 of 37 passes for 365 yards, one touchdown and an interception giving him a passer rating of 97.3. He completed passes to seven different receivers for the second consecutive game.
It was the second half when Stafford got hot. He hit Desean “Roadrunner” Jackson for a sixty-five yarder which led to a Daryll Henderson 5-yard rushing touchdown Gay however missed the PAT and the score stayed at 9-7.
On the next Rams series Stafford hit Woods on two straight 20-yard gains then connected with Tyler Higbee for a 29 yarder. Then on the next play he found the tight end for a 13-yard Touchdown that gave them a 16-7 lead.
Daryll Henderson 82 yards and Sony Michel 37 yards on 11 carries helped with the ground game. They both had a rushing touchdown. It was Michael’s first as a Ram. Cooper Kupp also had 7 receptions for 92 yards including a 33 yarder.
Coach McVay now has a16-5 record following a loss. He has a 7-3 record vs. seattle. The win helped propel them into the next three games that include New York Giants (1-4), Detroit Lions (0-5) and Jared Goff coming to So-Fi, followed by the Houston Texans (1-4).
The Defense gave up 283 passing yards between Russel Wilson who was injured and Geno Smith who replaced him. yards and held the Seahawks under 20 points for the eight time. They also held the Seahawks to 92 yards rushing, that’ the second time this season they’ve accomplished that. D-lineman Sebastian Joseph Day led all tacklers with eight.
Aaron Donald was active all game he had had seven tackles (5 solo), three TFL’s two QB hits, a sack and a pass deflection. His Sack allowed him to pass Lenard Little (87) as the Ram all-time leader in sacks. Donald now has 88.5.
McVay shared his thoughts on the win and 5-1 record: “We are happy to have this win but there’s lots of improvement we can make, but were not complacent.”