By Kasey Mcknelly @Cmcknelly
Seahawks 3 Rams 9
The LA Rams pull off a HOME opener victory at the LA Coliseum on Sunday. The LA Rams have not had a regular season home game since December 1994, and have not had a win at the Coliseum since December 1979. The Rams victory was shared with 91,046 fans and LeBron James, who was spotted on the sideline prior to the game and in the owner’s box during the game. Along with the fans, owner Stan Kroenke was in attendance to watch his team win a defensive battle against division rival, Seattle Seahawks.
Prior to the game there was a wedding that happened in the parking lot. My dear friend RockStarRam married Mrs. Ram and to be honest, I would not have expected anything less from these 2. They are diehard Rams fans and wish them forever of happiness.
The Rams and Seahawks had very similar days on the offensive side of the ball, neither quarterback could get things rolling. QB Case Keenum was the starter again this week and appeared more calm and comfortable. He was able to play smarter and more composed behind an O-Line that provided more protection and time for Keenum. Keenum was able to connect with WR Kenny Britt 6 times for 94 yards and TE Lance Kendricks 4 times for 61 yards. Super stars WR Tavon Austin and RB Todd Gurley were not huge factors in this game.
The Rams and Seahawks have a great deal of history and the Rams are known to play very tough against the ‘Hawks. They always seem to be prepared for each other. This was evident on Sunday when the Seattle defense shut down Gurley. I have always heard that “offense sells tickets and defense wins games”, that was in full effect this week.
The Rams and Gregg Williams’ defense WON this game. They came out focused and ready from the start to finish. That is a huge improvement from last year’s Rams that were not known to be able to play all 4 quarters of football strong. Williams does a great job with this squad even missing some of the key players from last year. 5 starting members of last year’s defense are no longer with the Rams yet they are still cohesive and determined.
This Rams defense held QB Russell Wilson to a 31% third down efficacy rate and only 67 yards rushing. In totality the Rams had 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 8 QB hits. DE Aaron Donald had a much better week, he was back to his “normal” self. He had 6 solo tackles with 1 assist, 2 tackles for loss and 4 QB hits. He really is the best DE in the league but the playmaker was MLB Alec Ogletree. He is coming back from an ankle injury that left him sidelined most of last year and he is taking every advantage to lead this squad, even calling a team meeting before the game.
Ogletree ended the day with 19 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble and the games only interception to seal the game. At the end of the game Ogletree ran to the stands and handed the winning intercepted ball to his parents.
DT Robert Quinn is also coming back from an injury. He had back surgery and has been recovering during the offseason. He ended the day with 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble and a sack on Wilson for a 7 yard loss. William Hayes doesn’t believe in dinosaurs but he did find his way to Wilson for a sack netting an 8 yard loss.
The Rams defense was stellar against the Seahawks but it is going to take a functional offense if the Rams want to continue to win games. They may have gotten a victory but they did not get a touchdown. The defense cannot put points on the board and field goals will not carry you to the playoffs. The Rams are on the road this upcoming Sunday to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Can the defense do it again?
Featured image of Ogletree courtesy: Jeff Lewis/therams.com
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