The Seattle Seahawks went back to the formula they used to get into two consecutive Super Bowls – give the ball to Marshawn Lynch, trust Russell Wilson to hit on one deep and good play by the defense and they beat the San Francisco 49ers.
Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett in the first half and Lynch contributed a 1-yard plunge for a score. Meanwhile, the 49ers’ offense could muster only 55 yards in the first half. The best performance by the Seahawks’ defense since week 17 of the 2013 season against the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers could collect only 142 yards in four quarters. That marked the second lowest total of yards allowed by a Seahawks team under Head Coach Pete Carroll.
Wilson actually completed 10 of his first 12 throws and finished with a total of 235 yards. He was also sacked five times for a season total so far of 31 and threw two interceptions. Lynch ran for 122 yards despite being sick and vomiting on the sidelines in the first half. It was the Seahawks first win in four away contests and they avoided a fourth quarter collapse, which had been happening to them far more consistently than they liked. They had blown fourth quarter leads in all four of their previous losses and had been outscored 40-3 in the fourth quarter and overtime of their last three games.
San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick probably wishes that he only had to play the Seahawks once every couple of years. In the past seven starts against them he has lost six and has thrown nine interceptions and has been sacked 24 times with only three touchdown passes. The Seahawks sacked him six times in this game and defensive end Michael Bennett garnered three and a half of those six sacks. SEAHAWKS 20 49ERS 3
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Rams relied on their rookie running back Todd Gurley who gained 128 yards and scored his first two touchdowns to beat the Cleveland Browns. The Rams garnered a total of 158 rushing yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry against the NFL’s worst defense against the run.
This was the Rams first game after their bye and the defense played well collecting four sacks and recovering four fumbles. They scored their first 10 points of the game after Browns’ mistakes in their first two series including free safety Rodney McLeod’s 17-yard fumble recovery for a score and a field goal that was the result of a Josh McCown fumble on a sack. Rams defensive end William Hayes caused that fumble and he also forced another.
Browns QB Johnny Manziel replaced McCown after he left the game due to an injury to his right shoulder with about four minutes remaining. McGown completed 26 passes on 32 attempts for 270 yards.
Rams’ QB Nick Foles had a mediocre day with 15 completions on 23 attempts for 163 yards. RAMS 24 BROWNS 6
NFC WEST SCHEDULE
CARDINALS @ BROWNS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015
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SEAHAWKS @ COWBOYS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2015
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