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Rams Defeat Seahawks 20-3

The Rams were finally able to beat the Seattle Seahawks for the first time in 10 games with their win on Sunday at home in the Edward Jones Dome by the score of 20-3.  A big story of the game was Fred Robbins, James Hall and the Rams defense as they hit, blitzed and troubled Matt Hasselbeck all game.  Steven Jackson played on an injured groin and Sam Bradford continued to make the plays that he needed to make even though he missed on some throws he knew he should have made.  In any case, the Rams have doubled their win total from 2009 in two games in two home games in a row.  The Rams and their fans couldn’t be happier with their play over the past two games.

On the Rams first touchdown, Sam Bradford found Brandon Gibson matched up on a linebacker and was able to fire the ball into Gibson before the linebacker could turn around.  The Seahawks strong defensive line began to get to the Rams offense and Sam Bradford and so Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur adjusted to the screen game with two hugely successful screens, the first one to Steven Jackson.  The second screen resulted in a touchdown pass to Kenneth Darby.  The Rams offense was not firing on all cylinders, but they were able to do enough to get 20 points and win the game because of the Rams defense.   Steven Jackson was active even though he was not fully 100% and Jackson impressed with his toughness and ability even though he did not look 100%.  He looked a bit ginger, but Jackson was still able to break off the key runs and pass Marshall Faulk on the team’s career rushing list.

The real story of the day was the Rams defense, which was able to get to Matt Hasselbeck and harass him into bad throws.  When they couldn’t make it to the QB, they were able to get their hands up to disrupt the play.  Eugene Sims was able to get his hand up to produce Bradley Fletcher’s 2nd interception in 2 games.  The Rams front four was able to generate pressure The Rams defense played well in the red zone, tightening up when they needed to.  Justin Forsett had some success against the Rams, but the Seahawks were not able to get the crucial yards with him.

The Rams also dominated the Seahawks vaunted special teams, containing Leon Washington and placing punt after punt inside the 20 yard line.  The Rams only used the short kickoff once, and has more success kicking it deep to Leon Washington and covering the field.  Very impressive considering the Rams were without special teams aces Chris Chamberlain and Dominique Curry.  Jerome Murphy was stellar on special teams.

The Rams beat the Seahawks in all three facets of the game as did not even fall for the Seahawks fake FG near the end of the 1st half.  Kevin Dockery stayed at home on that kick, made the tackle and got a gash on the back of his head to show for it.

All in all, the Rams did not play a perfect game and did not need a perfect game to beat the flawed Seahawks for the first time since Steven Jackson’s rookie year.  In the last two games, it looks like the Rams fortunes have finally turned.  As the Rams found deeper and deeper depths to fall to in recent seasons, we Rams fans thought that we would never see the Rams turn it around.  It appears that we have possibly seen the beginning of the Rams resurgence and it is glorious.

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