Report Card: Seahawks-Rams

Brian McIntyre of Seahawks.net grades the Seattle Seahawks after their 23-20 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Quarterback: B+

In the first thirty minutes, Wallace had as many completions as sacks and the Seahawks struggled to move the football. In the second half, Wallace was 12-for-17 for 163 yards. Wallace may not have thrown any touchdowns, but he rallied the team at halftime and led the team on scoring drives to tie and win the game.

Running Back: B

Maurice Morris lead the team with 15 carries and 86 yards, doing most of his damage after halftime. As promised, Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett were "sprinkled" in, combining for 7 carries and 22 yards, including Seattle's lone offensive touchdown. Fullback Leonard Weaver added 3 carries and 14 yards.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: B+

Deion Branch and John Carlson each had 5 catches and 76 yards, but the story of the day was this groups' ability to make plays downfield. Only four ‘Hawks caught passes, but each came through with a 20+ yard play. Bobby Engram and Koren Robinson each big plays on Seattle's game-tying touchdown drive.

Offensive Line: C+

Again, due to the makeshift nature of the line, I'm cutting this group some slack. Sure, they nearly got Seneca Wallace killed in the first half, but they kept him clean in the second half and opened up some holes for Morris to run through in the second. Hopefully, the possibly dislocated toe on Sean Locklear's left foot won't keep him out of action in the final two games. If it does, Matt Hasselbeck should immediately be placed on injured reserve.

Defensive Line: C+

Seattle's defensive line struggled to put pressure on Marc Bulger, with Rocky Bernard the only Seahawks capable of getting his mitts on the quarterback. Darryl Tapp had a nice forced fumble that resulted in Seattle's only first-half points and Baraka Atkins had a nice tackle for a loss on a 1st-and goal play inside the Seahawks' 5-yard line.

Linebackers: C

Despite the Rams running the ball 31 times, Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu couldn't put much distance between himself and the injured Leroy Hill in their competition to lead the team in tackles. Tatupu made just three stops on the day, with one going for a loss. Julian Peterson had six tackles and a forced fumble and D.D. Lewis added three tackles in his second start in place of Hill.

Secondary: C-

Bulger entered Sunday as the NFL's 28th-ranked passer, but Seattle's inability to generate pressure or provide blanket coverage meant Bulger would have one of his better days of what's been an otherwise disappointing 2008 season. Jordan "Big Play Babs" Babineaux returned a fumble for a touchdown and Marcus Trufant had a fumble recovery. This unit did play pretty well in the second half, though.

Special Teams: B-

Olindo Mare was "The Man" on Sunday, nailing all three of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired. Mare also put all five of his kickoffs into the end zone, two for touchbacks. Punter Jon Ryan had a fine day punting, averaging nearly 56 yards per punt and putting one out of bounds at the Rams' 3-yard line. Josh Wilson averaged 31 yards per kick return, including busting a 43-yard return, but he fumbled once. Justin Forsett's 17-yard punt return in the 4th quarter helped give the Seahawks excellent field position on their game-winning drive. C.J. Wallace led the team with 3 special teams tackles.

Coaching: B

Mike Holmgren mentioned that "It's been a long time" since the Seahawks won a game, so he wasn't sure what to say to the media after the game. From the night-and-day difference between the effort in the 1st and 2nd half, Holmgren sure knew what to say at halftime to motivate his team. Whatever he said, the team was more focused in the final 30 minutes and earned a come-from-behind win over the Rams.


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