Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were dominated by the hometown St. Louis Rams Monday night in every offensive category except the ones that mattered: red zone efficiency and, oh yeah, the score.
Courtesy of two Russell Wilson TD passes, the Seahawks are 7-1 after their third straight win. Seattle eked out a 14-9 victory over the Rams in an underwhelming offensive performance that had Russell Wilson praising his defense post-game.
“The defense did a tremendous job, coming up with a huge stop there,” Wilson said of a last-second incomplete pass in the end zone.
Wilson twice hooked up with WR Golden Tate for a score. The first was a standard 2-yard pass from Wilson to Tate on 3rd and 2 at the Seattle 2-yard line. The next one… not so standard: an 80-yard pitch that saw Tate undress his defender and clown with his pursuers (Russell Wilson’s favorite wide out almost ran out of bounds and was flagged for taunting).
“We [were] finding ways to make plays on offense when we needed to,” Wilson told ESPN. “We were struggling a little bit, obviously. They’re defensive ends were just coming all day and we were able to just find a way.”
Wilson was sacked a career-high seven times by St. Louis.
Despite an overwhelming edge in stats, three field goals from kicker Greg Zuerlin weren’t enough to keep St. Louis in it. Rams QB Kellen Clemens was making his first start in 2 years and he threw for more yards than Russell Wilson and the Seahawks had in total.
St. Louis had more than three times as many first downs, more 3rd down conversions, ran close to twice as many plays and held more than a full quarter advantage in possession. But in the end, Russell Wilson’s two TD passes and the Seattle defense were enough to keep that inconsequential.
Clemens had his chance, mind you. Wilson’s offense was forced to punt with 5:42 left and Clemens drove from his own 3-yard line down to the Seattle 1-yard line. But the game ended after an incomplete pass to WR Brian Quick on 4th-and-1.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks host the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week. So look to the streak that began against Tennessee to be 4 wins in a week’s time.
What do you think of Russell WIlson’s performance on Monday Night Football? Can Wilson lead the Seahawks all the way?
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