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First Half Notes: Seahawks at Rams

Notes and observations from the first half of the Seahawks' road matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

At halftime in Los Angeles, the Seattle Seahawks are tied at 10 with the Los Angeles Rams at L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Here are a few quick takeaways from what we've seen thus far:

  • Like Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll alluded to earlier this week, Seattle is mixing the duties at running back. Eddie Lacy, who started the team's opening offensive possession, has gained 15 yards on seven carries. Thomas Rawls gained five yards on three runs while the Seahawks also incorporated snaps for J.D. McKissic. 
  • Earl Thomas made a remarkable play on the Seahawks' first defensive series to stop the Rams from potentially scoring a touchdown. As Rams running back Todd Gurley bounced to the outside and stretched for the end zone, Thomas forced a fumble/touchback and ended Los Angeles' hot drive early. The Rams' first drive went 61 yards on seven plays before the turnover.
  • The Rams have muffed two punts in the first half. The first was recovered by Los Angeles but the second one was recovered by Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe. Unfortunately the Seahawks were unable to capitalize on the turnover the ensuing possession.
  • The Rams are averaging 5.8 yards per play on offense with a chunk of their production coming from the ground. Gurley has looked good with 32 yards on seven carries, while Tavon Austin added a 27-yard touchdown.
  • The Seahawks put together their best series of the game just before halftime. Overcoming three third down situations, Seattle went 75 yards down the field on 15 plays to score their first touchdown. The drive ended after Rusell Wilson tossed a four-yard touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham, who was lined up wide one-on-one against a Rams defender and made a leaping reception. Wilson finished the half 19-of-27 for 155 yards, the touchdown to Graham, and an interception.
  • Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sustained a foot injury on the Rams' final offensive possession of the half. He is questionable to return.

Fan photos from the Seahawks' Week 5 game against the Rams in Los Angeles.

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