Again, it bears repeating — the Los Angeles Rams destroyed the Seahawks, 42-7, on Sunday.
You’d think a team that just handed Seattle its worst defeat in the Pete Carroll era would be doing more gloating afterward.
You’d think an organization of the verge of its first NFC West crown since 2003 would be celebrating a little more.
Not these new Rams.
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“It starts with what we believe in — the standard is the standard,” Los Angeles safety Lamarcus Joyner said. “We hold ourselves to that ... to dominating on Sundays. Not every game is going to be like this, but when it happens, this is what you should expect. So you have to stay humble.”
If you think those are just words, look at their actions. As players and coaches headed from CenturyLink Field to the locker room, not one of the yelled a disparaging remark to the home fans. There were a few, “Woo-hoo!” comments, and a lot of big smiles. But, indeed, they acted like they had beaten other good teams before.
“Nothing should surprise you when you expect things,” Rams linebacker Robert Quinn said. “Did we expect a game like this? Probably not. But we expected to play a great game.”
Quinn pointed to the first few seconds of the game as the key sequence.
On third down of Seattle’s opening drive, Russell Wilson hit Tanner McEvoy on a 19-yard pass on a crossing pattern.
As McEvoy turned to move upfield, Joyner came in low. His helmet dislodged the football for a turnover.
“The defense came out and flustered them early,” Quinn said. “We kept applying pressure.”
Here are the key numbers behind the dominating effort:
▪ The Rams’ defense forced two turnovers, sacked Wilson seven times — and limited Seattle to 149 total yards.
▪ Todd Gurley was the workhorse for the Los Angeles offense, easily having his best game against the Seahawks — 21 carries, 152 yards and four total touchdowns. His 57-yard scoring run on third-and-20 right before halftime was the nail in Seattle’s coffin, putting the Rams up. 34-0.
▪ And punt returner Pharoh Cooper was fantastic in special teams for the Rams. He had a 53-yard return in the first quarter that set up the team’s first touchdown, and later added a 26-yarder early in the second quarter that led to another score.
“Honestly, we watched film (of Seattle’s earlier 16-10 win) ... 1,000 times,” Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. “We knew this team was not better than us. We knew if we could take care of the ball, and execute the right way, they weren’t going to beat us.”