By Danny Cox
The St. Louis Rams may have gotten a better draft pick if they had ended the season with only five victories as they had a few weeks ago, but that wasn’t their goal. The Rams wanted to finish on a high note by taking down the Seattle Seahawks, but they just couldn’t handle the atmosphere of the 12th Man.
Coaching Grade: D
Head coach Jeff Fisher had a good game plan in place, but things got off to a bad start in a hurry. The running game had to virtually be abandoned by halftime due to the Rams being down 13-0. From there, they went down 27-3 and there was just nothing left to do but pass the ball. Unfortunately, Seattle’s elite pass defense was stopping that.
Defensively, the Rams didn’t do too badly, but the Seahawks were just too much. Fisher had his team playing well against the Saints and Bucs in the past couple weeks, but the Seahawks proved to be more than they could handle.
Offense Grade: D-
The running game had its worst performance of the year. Zac Stacy could do nothing all day and he only ended up with 15 yards on 15 carries. Not much attention was given to the running game anyway since the Rams were playing from behind for the whole game.
Quarterback Kellen Clemens tried as he could, but Seattle’s passing defense was too much. Clemens only had 157 yards through the air with two interceptions while being sacked twice. St. Louis was outmatched all day and it all began with Seattle’s pick six just five minutes into the game.
Defense Grade: C+
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was able to do as he pleased against the Rams defense all day. QB Russell Wilson was held in check a good bit of the day though. He only had 172 yards and threw for one touchdown, but the Seahawks really didn’t need to throw the ball as long as the running game was working.
A big positive was that Wilson was sacked four times on the day and by four different Rams. James Laurinaitis was the defensive player of the day though as he finished with 10 total tackles, six of which were solo.
An overall decent performance, but not an impressive one.
Special Teams Grade: B
Greg Zuerlein only had one field goal attempt on the day and he hit it from 36 yards away.
Punter Johnny Hekker had a very busy day as he punted seven times for a good average of 48.1 yards per kick. Only one was downed inside Seattle’s 20-yard line.
The return game wasn’t too great, but they always ended up giving decent starting field position to the Rams offense. Isaiah Pead looked good on kickoff returns with a good one for 31 yards and then another 23 yards.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.