First Half Notes: Seahawks vs Rams

Notes from the first half of the Seahawks' Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

SEATTLE —The first half of the Seattle Seahawks' Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams hasn't gone anything like they expected. The Seahawks trail the Rams 34-0 in a crucial NFC West matchup at CenturyLink Field. Here are notes from the game so far:

  • The Seahawks offense has gotten off to a very slow start. A Tanner McEvoy fumble on the first pass attempt of the day by quarterback Russell Wilson gave the Rams the ball with short field possession early. The Rams capitalized with a field goal and Seattle followed the turnover by going three-and-out on their next two possessions.
  • Although the Seahawks gave the Rams two early trips to the red zone, they were able to hold the Rams to field goals both times. 
  • Jeremy Lane entered the game at nickel cornerback on Los Angeles' fourth possession for Justin Coleman, who was shaken up on the previous possession with a chest injury. Coleman has been ruled questionable to return.
  • One of Seattle's few first-half highlights came in the second quarter, when Los Angeles went for it on fourth down deep in Seattle territory. Safety Bradley McDougald earned a pass defensed which linebacker Michael Wilhoite was able to haul in for an interception.
  • Los Angeles had a lot of first half success on special teams. In addition to limiting Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett on returns, the Rams have gained 109 yards on four returns, with 53 of them coming on a return wide receiver Pharoh Cooper took to the 1-yard-line.
  • Seattle's defensive front has generated one quarterback hit on Jared Goff, with defensive end Frank Clark sacking the Rams signal caller in the second quarter. Clark also forced Goff to fumble on the play, but the Rams recovered.
  • The Seahawks held Todd Gurley to 43 rushing yards in their Week 5 win at Los Angeles, but through two quarters Sunday the Rams running back has 144 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. 

Pregame photos from the Seahawks' Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Rams at CenturyLink Field.

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