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Instant Analysis: Seahawks beat Vikings, take over first place in NFC West

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Instant Analysis: Seahawks beat Vikings, take over first place in NFC West

It was close, and then it was a blowout, and then it wasn’t -- which means to say it was as obscure as most Seattle Seahawks games in primetime.

When it was all said and done, the Seahawks (10-2) edged the Minnesota Vikings (8-4), 37-30, on Monday night from CenturyLink Field. Minnesota took a 17-10 lead into halftime before Seattle went on a 24-0 run in the second half. The Vikings ended up making it close with 13 unanswered points to close the game, and they even had the ball down four late in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Seattle is now in first place of the NFC West as the Seahawks own the tiebreaker over the 49ers (10-2). Here’s the instant analysis from the primetime win.

1. This Seahawks defense dominant for three quarters before faltering late

Seattle’s defense was fantastic for most of the contest, holding Minnesota to just one offensive touchdown. A busted coverage allowed Laquon Treadwell to score on a 58-yard pass from Kirk Cousins. The Vikings then engineered another touchdown drive to make it a one-score game midway through the fourth quarter. The Seahawks got the stop they needed in the game’s final minutes, forcing a turnover on downs.

Seattle’s defense was impressive overall, forcing two turnovers: a Tre Flowers interception and a Bradley McDougald fumble recovery on a fumble forced by Rasheem Green. Flowers has a pick and Green has a forced fumble in two consecutive games now. The Seahawks didn’t get a sack, but they hit Cousins seven times. Ziggy Ansah accounted for three of those QB hits.

2. Seattle has embraced a true running back by committee

Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are now in a true timeshare as a two-headed running back by committee. Carson ran the ball 23 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Penny racked up 74 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries and added four receptions for 44 yards and another score. We’ll have to wait for the game book to see the official snap breakdown, but it felt close to 50/50. That’s notable because it shows that Penny has finally earned the trust of Seattle’s coaching staff with back-to-back big games.

3. Russell Wilson quietly posts decent numbers

It wouldn’t be a Seahawks primetime game without a wonky, game-altering play. In the first half, Wilson had a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage. The ball floated back toward Wilson, and the QB tried to smack it to the ground. Instead, he hit it right to Vikings safety Anthony Harris, who intercepted the pass and ran it back for a pick-six.

Other than that, Wilson was pretty solid overall, finishing with a line of 240 yards, two touchdowns and the pick. He threw a 60-yard touchdown to David Moore, who was wide open thanks to a busted coverage, and a 13-yard touchdown to Penny.

Odds and ends

- Tyler Lockett was held without a catch and now has just one reception in his last two games. Between fighting an illness and still recovering from a bruised shin, it’s clear that Lockett isn’t himself right now. It makes sense that Wilson’s average numbers mirrors the quiet three games that Lockett has had.

- Travis Homer ran the ball 29 yards up the right on a fake punt to convert on 4th-and-3. The fake came in the fourth quarter with the Seahawks up 34-24. It was an aggressive call from Pete Carroll that shocked everyone in attendance, myself included. Homer also recovered a fumble on the final kickoff of the game on a fumble forced by Malik Turner.

- DK Metcalf lost his third fumble of the season just three plays after Homer’s run on the fake punt.

"Significant" ACL Strain suffered by Seahawks Rashaad Penny

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"Significant" ACL Strain suffered by Seahawks Rashaad Penny

 

After being tackled on a 16-yard reception in the first half, Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny immediately grabbed his left knee. He would go to the blue tent on the sidelines before limping to the locker room where the team declared him out for the game.

Following the game, head coach Pete Carroll informed the press that Penny’s knee injury was a “significant” ACL strain.

NBC Sports Northwest’s Seahawks insider Joe Fann speculates that would mean it’s unlikely we see Penny suit up the rest of the regular season. 

During the game, Penny tweeted his gratitude to the fanbase for their support.

The second-year running back had been a rising star in Seattle's offense. Penny racked up 203 yards, 33 receiving yards and three total touchdowns over his last two games combined. He'd earned a near 50/50 split in a timeshare with Chris Carson.

Instant analysis: Seahawks get reality check in primetime loss to Rams

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Instant analysis: Seahawks get reality check in primetime loss to Rams

LOS ANGELES -- The Seattle Seahawks (10-3) got a reality check on Sunday night, falling to the Los Angeles Rams, 28-12, on primetime. An anemic offensive performance was made worse by a slew of notable injuries for the Seahawks.

The loss puts Seattle in second place of the NFC West, one game back of the 49ers. It’s not the end of the world, though. While the Seahawks are now unlikely to claim the No. 1 seed in the NFC, Seattle still controls its own destiny within the division.

Here’s what you need to know from Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

1. Seahawks goes completely silent

Seattle was outgained 455 to 308. The Seahawks scored an opening drive field goal and then went seven-straight possessions without scoring points: punt, down, punt, end of half, punt, punt, punt. Seattle didn’t muster a single offensive touchdown and went just 5-of-14 on third down.

Russell Wilson finished the game with just 245 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked five times, and his streak of 16 games (playoffs included) with at least one touchdown pass came to an end as well.

It may be time to wonder what’s going on with Tyler Lockett. He was quiet for a fourth-straight game, but this time he wasn’t dealing with a leg injury or the flu as far as we know. He caught 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards.

DK Metcalf was Seattle’s leading receiver with six receptions for 78 yards.

2. Rashaad Penny hurts his knee

Penny suffered what may be a serious knee injury in the first quarter of the Seahawks Week 14 matchup against the Rams. Penny injured his knee at the end of a 16-yard reception -- a screen pass that he took up the left sideline.

He went down immediately clutching his leg. Trainers tended to Penny on the bench for a moment before moving him to the blue medical tent. Penny then limped his way to the Seahawks locker room.
After initially being announced as questionable to return, he's since been downgraded to out.

The second-year running back had been a rising star in Seattle's offense. Penny racked up 203 yards, 33 receiving yards and three total touchdowns over his last two games combined. He'd earned a near 50/50 split in a timeshare with Chris Carson.

Penny tweeted mid-game, which adds further indication that the injury is serious.

3. Quandre Diggs the lone defensive star

Seattle’s defense was gashed by Los Angeles for the second time this season. The Seahawks allowed 455 total yards. The Rams converted 7-of-13 third downs. Jared Goff completed 22-of-31 pass attempts for 293 yards, two touchdowns and two pics. Most of the production came in the first half as he was nearly flawless through the first two quarters. Tyler Higbee caught seven passes for 116 yards and Robert Woods caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Diggs was the lone bright spot. He had a 55-yard pick-six to open the third quarter and later intercepted Goff again on a deep pass down the right sideline. In his four games with the Seahawks, Diggs has three interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.

Odds and ends:

- Rasheem Green blocked a field goal in the third quarter, which a neat personal moment given he played his college ball at the Coliseum for USC.
- Malik Turner dropped a crucial fourth-down pass in the first half. Jacob Hollister also had a drive-ending drop.
- Seattle’s offense was flagged for illegal formation on the first play of the game, which somewhat sums up everything that transpired Sunday night.

Rashaad Penny tweets following injury, thanks fans for support

Rashaad Penny tweets following injury, thanks fans for support

There's no official update, but things are not trending toward getting good news about Seahawks injured running back Rashaad Penny.

In the first quarter of the Seattle Seahawks’ (10-2) Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams (7-5), running back Rashaad Penny injured his knee after a 16-yard reception

Quickly, he was ruled out for the game after limping to the locker room.

About an hour later, Penny broke his silence on Twitter.

Penny thanked the Seahawks fans for all the support and looks to have a good attitude about the setback.

While not close to an official diagnosis, given the tone of the tweet and how quickly the Seahawks ruled Penny out for the game, it’s likely that the injury news will not be good. 

Seahawks struggle in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams

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Seahawks struggle in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams

 

Not the first half the Seahawks faithful wanted to see.

With Seattle (10-2) being able to take possession of the NFC’s first seed with a victory over the Los Angeles Rams (7-5), they struggled.

The Rams are on the outside looking in amidst the NFC playoff race and need to win to stay a game back of the sixth-seeded Minnesota Vikings. With their backs against the wall, the Rams have only failed to convert a single third down while the Seahawks only converted two third downs in the first half. The Seahawks got outgained by the Rams 240-146 led by Goff's 184 yards passing.

To make matters worse, Seattle running back Rashad Penny injured his knee early in the half and was ruled out quickly.

 

The Seahawks got on the board first with a field goal, but it has been all-Rams since then. Los Angeles took the lead with a one-yard touchdown run from Malcolm Brown.

Later in the contest, quarterback Jared Goff found Robert Woods in the endzone to extend the lead to 14-3. 

When the Seahawks did threaten near the redzone, the Rams stopped them on a fourth-and-one.

Finally, with 51 seconds remaining Goff found Cooper Kupp to take a commanding 21-3 lead right before halftime.

WATCH THE SECOND HALF HERE

Pete Carroll shuts down USC fan who yelled at him to come back

Pete Carroll shuts down USC fan who yelled at him to come back

Seahawks fans don’t have to worry about their head coach leaving anytime soon.

A Super Bowl champion, Carroll has been dominating in the NFL.

But since Carroll's departure at USC after the 2009 season, the program hasn't been relevant. Now, their fans want to re-live the glory days with many dreaming of enticing their former head coach to come back to the City of Angels.

Nowadays, he only coaches in LA Memorial Coliseum when the Seahawks play on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. Ahead of their Week 14 matchup, while Carroll walked around the field, a fan yelled out for Carroll to come back.

From all accounts, Carroll loves coaching at the NFL level and holds no desire to return to college football. Also, given his results, it may be awhile before his seat is hot in Seattle. 

Spurned Trojans fans will have to continue watching Clay Helton run their program, despite their best wishes.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny leaves Week 14 with knee injury

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Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny leaves Week 14 with knee injury

LOS ANGELES -- Rashaad Penny suffered what may be a serious knee injury in the first quarter of the Seahawks Week 14 matchup against the Rams. Penny injured his knee at the end of a 16-yard reception -- a screen pass that he took up the left sideline.

He went down immediately clutching his leg. Trainers tended to Penny on the bench for a moment before moving him to the blue medical tent. Penny then limped his way to the Seahawks locker room.

After initially being announced as questionable to return, he's since been downgraded to out.

The second-year running back had been a rising star in Seattle's offense. Penny racked up 203 yards, 33 receiving yards and three total touchdowns over his last two games combined. He'd earned a near 50/50 split in a timeshare with Chris Carson.

With Penny out, Carson will reassume a full workload. C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer are the other running backs active against the Rams.

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Los Angeles Rams, follow us on social for live updates

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Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Los Angeles Rams, follow us on social for live updates

The Seattle Seahawks are 10-2 and on top of the NFC West, but a division foe will look to change that this week. Seattle is heading to Los Angeles in Week 14 to take on the Rams (7-5) in what could be the two teams’ final meeting at the storied Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

The Seahawks are riding a five-game winning streak and will not only look to keep their hot streak going, but also clinch a playoff berth with a win on Sunday. 

Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producer Lindsey Wisniewski are in Los Angeles for the game, so make sure you follow along on social. Kickoff is at 5:20 p.m.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

This is the Seahawks third appearance in prime-time in the last four games. Seattle’s all-time prime-time record is 61-30-1 and 3-0 this season. 

With a win on Sunday, Seattle would improve on its best road start in franchise history and begin the season 7-0. 

Chris Carson needs 19 rushing yards for his second-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season and to become the sixth player in franchise history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

Pete Carroll needs one more win to reach 100 regular season wins as head coach of the Seahawks.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Russell Wilson on the Seahawks wearing flashy kicks in support of My Cause My Cleats, a campaign across the league that gives players the opportunity to bring attention to the causes close to their heart. 

“I think what the NFL My Cause My Cleats has been a great tradition over the past three years or so. It’s been really cool just to see guys and who they represent, what they represent, who they want to help, the people that they may have lost or the people that they want to help in the future. I think that’s always really cool. I think the cool part about us as a team is, we do a great job of, the media team and everyone else do a great job of getting everyone together and getting their cleats together.”

GAME INFORMATION

Time: Sunday, December 8 at 5:20 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Los Angeles, CA 

TV: NBC | Stream here 

No ladder needed: D.K. Metcalf makes this one-handed grab look easy

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No ladder needed: D.K. Metcalf makes this one-handed grab look easy

We already knew D.K. Metcalf was a freak of nature.

Before he even stepped on the field as a Seahawk, the 21-year-old was blazing the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.

Then, photos of his chiseled physique took over the internet. The NFL Combine reportedly measured him at 1.6 percent body fat.

He’s since become one of Russell Wilson’s go-to weapons and a social media icon after partnering with a coffee brand to sell “Decaf Metcalf.”

Ahead of Seattle’s Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Metcalf once again showed off how much he is killing it at life. During team drills, the Seahawks wideout displayed his freakishly good football skills when he leaped up above the field goal post to catch this ball one-handed. 

We nearly lost it. Twitter nearly lost it. The crossbar of an NFL goalpost is 10 feet tall. Metcalf cleared that EASILY! How is Metcalf even human?! 

Metcalf will look to add to his reel of flashy catches tonight as the Seahawks take on the Rams in what looks to be the final time at Memorial Coliseum. 

Ziggy Ansah INACTIVE vs. Rams, Jadeveon Clowney to play for Seahawks

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Ziggy Ansah INACTIVE vs. Rams, Jadeveon Clowney to play for Seahawks

LOS ANGELES -- The Seattle Seahawks (10-2) will be without Ziggy Ansah on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams (7-5).

Ansah suffered a shoulder stinger in Week 13 against the Vikings and was listed as questionable to play in Week 14 with a neck injury. He will miss his fourth game of 2019.

Expect to see Shaquem Griffin and Rasheem Green see added playing time in Ansah's place. Griffin has been active over the last month but is still looking for his first career sack. Green has three sacks on the season and has forced a fumble in back-to-back games.

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) is also inactive as expected. Cody Barton is in line to get his first-career start at SAM linebacker on Sunday night.

The good news for Seattle is that Jadeveon Clowney (core) is active after being listed as questionable.

Here's the full list of Seahawks inactives:

Mychal Kendricks

John Ursua

Nick Bellore

Neiko Thorpe

Phil Haynes

Luke Willson

Ziggy Ansah

And for the Rams:

Dont'e Deayon

David Long Jr.

Jake Gervase

Natrez Patrick

Jamil Demby

Rob Havenstein

Gerald Everett