Sunday's game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the place Carroll used to call home roaming the sidelines from 2001-2009.
No one thought the Rams were a ideal team, especially with the way the defense had been playing, but it became evident Sunday that they're not exactly Super Bowl contenders just yet. There is another factor looming large as the two NFC West rivals matchup - the division could be at stake on Sunday afternoon.
Earl Thomas is as good as he has ever been. Gurley appeared to reach the end zone, extending the ball over the pylon. The Rams' next home game is against Houston on November 12, and if they played the way they did Sunday, this old stadium could be a library. Goff has gotten a great deal of love for his play this year, and that love seems to be more relative to his horrendous play in 2016 than what he's done in a vacuum in "17".
Seattle needed to win in order to get the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
The Seahawks tight end caught the team's lone touchdown of the day from Russell Wilson on a jump ball and the former basketball player showed his ups to snatch the pass to push the team for the win. Although they won their opening game 12-10 over the Dolphins, it took some late-game heroics from Russell Wilson and a lucky dropped touchdown by Kenny Stills to ensure the victory. Sunday's game could also be for the NFC West.
Thomas missed the last month of the 2017 season after suffering a broken leg. What countered that part of the game was the turnover scenario, in which the Rams gave up the ball five times and the Seahawks only turned it over twice. "But there's also the fact that you're running the football and it allows you to work all the passing game stuff that comes off of it, which we love to do". After a fumble recovery, Seattle was held and was forced to kick a field goal. Goff and Gurley are evolving into a potentially risky duo for Los Angeles, which has been a much different team on offense in the early going.
Gurley, the NFL's second-leading rusher and Rams receiving leader coming in, finished with 43 yards on 14 carries plus two catches for 7 yards.
The subplot of Seattle's first game this season without Chris Carson didn't really amount to much.
Graham lined up wide left on the L.A. 4-yard line and had single coverage.
Certainly, the Seahawks will hope there is more to come following a game when Graham was one of the team's most consistent offensive threats, catching six passes on eight targets for 37 yards. Wilson was sacked three times, but was hit on eight other plays. The team may be off to another slow start, but they are still the same old Seahawks. The offense had only 46 yards on its first five possessions.
DT Sheldon Richardson, acquired in a preseason trade for WR Jermaine Kearse, had two major plays: His first career interception in the third quarter on a ball tipped by Gurley, and a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter on a ball jarred loose by DE Frank Clark.