INGLEWOOD—Sometimes, Tyler Lockett dreams about route-running.
At least that's how Marquise Goodwin tells it, and if you've watched Lockett play over the course of his Seahawks career, it's definitely believable that falls asleep not by counting sheep, but by counting the steps he needs to properly run a specific route.
"He's just a monster, man," Goodwin said. "He's a master of his craft. He works on it every day. This dude dreams about it. He dreams about running routes. He comes in in the morning talking about stuff he thought about the night before. It's crazy."
On Sunday, Lockett once again played like a master of his craft, starting his day with a 36-yard touchdown on Seattle's first possession, and finishing it with nine catches for 128 yards in a 27-23 win over the Rams.
And Lockett wasn't the only receiver putting up big numbers on a day when Geno Smith threw for a career-high 367 yards; DK Metcalf added eight catches for 127 yards, including the game-winning 8-yard score in the final minute of the game.
"DK and Tyler had huge games, both those guys were great," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
Making their near identical stat lines all the more interesting is how different the two are as players. Both can make plays deep, both have great hands, but there are also so many differences in their style of play. Metcalf is one of the league's most physically imposing receivers, while Lockett is one of the smallest players on the team—not that he plays small.
"They were monsters out there, and they're doing their own things," Carroll said. "It's just classic Tyler catches over the middle, right at the sticks, making the first downs, DK making the hard tough catches, he went and got up top on them as well. The physical play that he shows, that he brings, and Tyler's kind of on the other end of the spectrum. They were just yin and yang in their styles. And they're both marvelous players."
In addition to their touchdowns, both came up with some crucial plays in the game, most notably Lockett's 10-yard grab on third-and-10 on the game-winning drive. Metcalf, who started that drive with a 9-yard catch, and finished it with a touchdown grab with Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey draped over his back, also had a very impressive 40-yard catch down the right sideline that set up a third-quarter field goal.
"Tyler had another great game," Smith said. "Very reliable guy, loves to play, you can count on him to win any one-on-one situation. Those guys, Tyler and DK, I assume they've got to make it extremely hard on D coordinators. You're trying to figure out ways to stop those guys."
Sunday was Lockett's fifth straight game with a touchdown reception, which tied a team record.
"Tyler is tough," Metcalf said. "Always, if you put the ball in his vicinity, he's going to catch it, he's going to come down with it. In a big-time moment, third down, just trust him and he's going to come out, complete the pass, get up and throw up the first down and keep going and do it again. He's been amazing this whole year, and ever since I got here, he's been a big brother to me, a role model. He just plays the game the right way."
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