The Seahawks didn’t exactly put together the type of offensive performance they hoped but were able to squeeze out a 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins in their season opener behind a late touchdown drive led by Russell Wilson.
Much of these was made possible by Seattle’s elite defense that gave up just two scoring drives while holding the Dolphins to just 214 total offensive yards and converted just three of 14 third down opportunities. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is well aware of the challenges his team will face against one of the premier defensive units in the league.
“Seattle’s defense…they’re very, very talented. They’re well coached,” Fisher said. “They don’t do an awful lot, they just do what they do really, really well, and they do it in a difficult environment. The corners are playing well. (CB) Richard (Sherman) is always tough to attack. They fill, they don’t miss tackles, they put pressure on the passer, and they give up very few explosive plays, and that’s just how they’ve always been.”
The Seahawks have been at the top of the league statistically against both the pass and run over the last three seasons. That said, where they rest their laurels on is their secondary that has held either the first or second best ranking defending against the pass over that span led by several Pro Bowlers in Richard Sherman, Cam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas.
This puts more importance on the play of Case Keenum, who had quite a forgettable performance on Monday night completing 17 of 35 passes for 130 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 5.0 quarterback rating. The 28-year-old believes that his struggles earlier this week laid upon the fact he did not trust himself and was overthinking the situation.
“I over-thought a lot of things. You know, if the word over-prepare is, you know, something I think that I was seeing ghosts; I was seeing things that weren’t there,” Keenum. “ I wasn’t trusting myself and my abilities. I tried too hard. Just have to let the game come to me, take what the defense gives me, trust my teammates – they do a great job, and get the ball out of my hands to the right place.”
Although he’s coming off one of the worst games of his career, Keenum does have the benefit of playing against a familiar opponent that he has had limited success against in the past. Last season, he led the Rams to a 23-17 road win over the Seahawks while completing 14 of 23 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Obviously, Keenum will have to perform much better this time around if Los Angeles hopes to scrap out their first win of the 2016 season.
“They do what they do, and they do it well. They’re going to line up how they’re going to line up. We played them a bunch of times; we’ve got a lot of film on them,” Keenum. “They just do it well, they’ve got great guys. Their secondary is one of the best, obviously, and their front seven or eight even if you’ll call it, you know, with (SS Kam) Chancellor coming down to the box too, it’s a great run stopping box too – we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
There is simply plenty on the table for the Rams in Week 2 beyond just getting their first win of the season as it will mark the beginning of a new era in Los Angeles. Fisher is hoping that his team can provide a greater showing against a formidable opponent that will push them to their limits.
“We put it in perspective like we talked about, and we were disappointed. We’re better than that,” Fisher said. “I think the motivating factor for us to prove that we’re better than that, is the fact that we’re playing the Seahawks this weekend at home. They’re going to bring the best out of you.”