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‘Love in the backfield’: Chris Carson gifts Rashaad Penny 1-yard TD vs. Vikings

‘Love in the backfield’: Chris Carson gifts Rashaad Penny 1-yard TD vs. Vikings

The culture within the Seattle Seahawks is written about ad nauseam, but that’s because we’re regularly given illustrations of what sets this team apart from others around the NFL. The Seahawks win on Monday night against the Vikings provided another – maybe even the best – example yet of that culture on display.

On Seattle’s first drive of the third quarter, Chris Carson gashed the Vikings defense for a 25-yard run down to Minnesota’s 5-yard line. He then did something seldom seen from running backs that close to the goal line: He tapped his helmet, subbing himself out so that Rashaad Penny could get into the game.

It took two plays for Penny to find the end zone, ultimately scoring on a 1-yard toss to the left. It was Penny’s third rushing touchdown of the season and second in as many weeks. As far as Penny was concerned, he owed that score to Carson.

“I was like, ‘What the heck? I never get the ball here.’ That just shows you who he is. He spread the love,” Penny said. “Any other running back would stay in and try to punch it in.”

It’s clear that the Seahawks backfield has become a true running back by committee. Carson is still the starter, but Penny earned a near 50/50 timeshare against Minnesota’s fifth-ranked run defense. Carson ran the ball 23 times for 102 yards (his fifth 100-yard game of 2019) and a touchdown (his seventh touchdown on the year). Penny chipped in 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. The second-year running back also caught for passes for 33 yards and another score.

By the sound of it, both runners are embracing the workload split.

“It’s great,” Carson said. “We have two different running styles, so it keeps the defense on their toes. They don’t know what to expect. Rashaad has been practicing so hard these last few weeks, really since training camp. He’s just trying to get his feel of the game, and it’s starting to show up.”

Penny and Carson are seen every day at the open portion of practice throwing a football around and chumming it up. It’s evident that the two are friends, which is crucial in a situation like this.

“It’s a brotherhood,” Penny said. “Everybody thinks we’re supposed to hate each other. This is literally love in the backfield.”

And that’s not something to take lightly. Duane Brown has been in the league long enough to know camaraderie isn’t always on that level. It’s a production-based league and skill players know their next paycheck is dependent on putting up numbers.

So while it’s one thing to celebrate a teammates victory, it’s another thing entirely to give up a touchdown that could have been yours.

“That’s not always the case at all. There (can be) a lot of alpha males,” Brown said. “It’s a close-knit group – very unselfish guys. Both are very important to our success. Chris has been phenomenal the last couple years. Rashaad is really finding his rhythm. He’s playing with a lot of confidence now. You can see what it’s done for us.”

Both running backs have their respective areas of improvement. For Carson, it’s holding onto the football. For Penny, it’s working on his consistency and continuing to lose weight down to his target of 225 pounds (he’s currently in the ballpark of 230). He also told reporters that he’s been watching more film and spending time studying linebackers.  

Penny’s progress, especially his added burst and speed, has been obvious. He set a career-high with 129 rushing yards last week against the Eagles. His two-touchdown encore against the Vikings on primetime was even more impressive.

“When I know I can get in the end zone, that’s when my confidence grows,” Penny said. “It’s like I have an extra jump to myself.”

Carroll said that there’s no plan going into games of how the workload between the two will be divided. Carson will remain the starter. From there, each guy will have his chance to establish the hot hand. In the best-case scenario, like on Monday night, both runners will be able to power Seattle’s offense.

“If we keep that going, we’re going to be hard to beat,” Brown said. “It’s special. It’s a very special group, and you need that to go 10-2.”

Josh Gordon is happy in Seattle & hopes to stay with Seahawks beyond 2019

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Josh Gordon is happy in Seattle & hopes to stay with Seahawks beyond 2019

Josh Gordon sounds like a man who is at peace with where his life and career have taken him.

Gordon’s NFL journey began with a turbulent five years with the Browns before spending just over a season with the Patriots. He then landed in Seattle on Nov. 1 after the Seahawks claimed him off waivers.

He explained that he didn’t come to Seattle with any expectations, and so he’s been willing to accept whatever role is given to him. But the veteran wideout made it clear that he’s become fond of his new home.

“Oh yeah, absolutely. Seattle is amazing,” Gordon said on Wednesday. “Football aside, I’d definitely love to live in a place like this.”

The Seahawks have proven to be a good fit from a football standpoint as well.

“I think I’m just fortunate in general to have landed in a place like this with a coach like this. It’s real family-like. It’s real close, real tight-knit – a real lively, energetic group,” said Gordon, who added that a few teammates were kind enough to invite him over for Thanksgiving dinner. “And competitive more than anything. They love the game of football. You can see it. It’s a great feeling to come back to football and enjoy what you do.”

Gordon, still only 28, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season. Despite being in the Emerald City for just over a month, he made it clear he could see a future for himself with the Seahawks.

“That’s my hope,” Gordon said. “Thinking optimistically, I think that’s every player’s goal: to try and find a place you can call home. In all aspects I think that’s a bonus.”

His numbers have been humble in four games with the Seahawks – just six receptions on 10 targets for 81 yards – but his catches have come in big moments. Five of Gordon’s six grabs have moved the chains. His role had been stagnant through his first three games, playing 27 snaps (37%) against the 49ers in Week 10, 20 snaps (33%) against the Eagles in Week 12 and 27 snaps (36%) against the Vikings in Week 13.

That changed in Week 14 when Gordon’s playing time jumped to 37 snaps (55%) against the Rams. He caught 2-of-5 targets for 34 yards in Seattle’s primetime loss to Los Angeles. According to Pete Carroll, Gordon was open deep on a few occasions but the ball didn’t get to him because of “other issues.”

“Josh has had huge games in the past, he just hasn’t got the ball enough yet to show that for us. But he’s done really well,” Carroll said. “Josh has been a really good guy around here, practicing and working hard and studying.”

It sounds like Gordon will be further integrated into Seattle’s offensive game plan in the weeks to come.

“We’re counting on him to be – he could have a big game at any time,” Carroll said.

Gordon reiterated that he doesn’t have any goals for how many snaps or targets he’ll see moving forward. First and foremost, he seems to be having fun playing football again, and he said the Seahawks have “perfected” that part of the game.

“Anywhere I can be of use to the team, to the offense, to try and get us a catch, move the chains, five yards, it doesn’t matter,” Gordon said. “Any way to try and make a positive influence on the game plan, I’m there for it.”

When asked about the knee and ankle injuries that landed him on IR with the Patriots, Gordon hinted that he’s still playing through some pain. Clearly it’s not enough to keep him off the field. He hasn’t been on Seattle’s injury report in weeks.

“I feel pretty good,” Gordon said. “I’m definitely lucky and blessed that it wasn’t a more serious injury.”

It just kind of feels like Gordon is going to come up big for Seattle before season’s end. That’s not very scientific, but given what Carroll said about Gordon being open deep against the Rams, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him catch a long touchdown at some point in the near future.

Should Gordon have a signature play or two, especially in the playoffs, the veteran may get his wish and remain in Seattle beyond this season.

Contrary to popular belief, Joe Fann is not Stephen A. Smith

Contrary to popular belief, Joe Fann is not Stephen A. Smith

What do Randall from Recess, a Seattle Seahawks employee, Stephen A. Smith and a grocery store all have in common? Twitter thinks they’re NBC Sports Northwest’s Seahawks Insider Joe Fann. 

Let’s recap Fann’s eventful week of social media. 

It started when Fann got called “Traitor Joe” as a play on words from the popular grocery store, Trader Joe’s. However, he did not know the difference between “trader” and “traitor”.

Joe Fann has taken the nickname and made it his own hashtag.

One fan decided to forgo the “TraderJoe” nickname and instead called him “Joe Fannboy."

At least Fann sees the humor in the hate.

Another time, Fann reported on what some of the Seahawks players were teasing each other about.

Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson then took the opportunity to roast Fann by comparing him to Randall from the 90s show Recess that aired on ABC. 

To round out an “exhausting” week of Twitter, one fan mistook Fann for....Stephen A. Smith?

The list continues to grow.

Fann Mail: Gut feeling on the Seahawks playoff seed with three games to play

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Fann Mail: Gut feeling on the Seahawks playoff seed with three games to play

The Seattle Seahawks were taken down a peg in Week 14 after getting blasted by the Rams, 28-12, on “Sunday Night Football.”

The loss alone doesn’t change much as the Seahawks still control their own destiny in the NFC West and have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC. However, the defeat was eye-opening in that Seattle was thoroughly spanked, which is something that rarely happens to title contenders this late in the season.

This week’s mailbag focuses on how things project the rest of the way for the Seahawks and what needs to improve if Seattle expects to make a run in January. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.

It’s hard to watch the 49ers-Saints game and the Seahawks-Rams game and think that Seattle is the best team in the NFC West. At the same time, you have to know not to overreact to the Seahawks loss because this team has proven its mental toughness over and over again. There’s no reason why they can’t respond against the reeling Panthers Week 15, smoke the Cardinals at home in Week 16 and then beat San Francisco at home to close the season and claim the NFC West crown as well as a first-round bye.

But here’s my hesitation. You can appreciate Seattle’s impressive road win against San Francisco while also acknowledging the fact that the 49ers were without George Kittle (who I believe is the best tight end in the NFL) and Emmanuel Sanders (who has become a go-to guy for Jimmy Garoppolo). The Seahawks have shown that they can play great offense and great defense, but they’re yet to put it all together in one game. The 49ers have been doing so all season, which is why they have a point differential of +168 compared to the Seahawks +20.

The kicker is that Jadeveon Clowney, who absolutely dominated the 49ers in the first matchup, is really laboring through a core muscle injury. My guess is that the Seahawks will be a wildcard team and going on the road to play the Eagles or Cowboys in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. I still stand by my claim that it feels like the 49ers and Seahawks will play three times this season.

The struggles of the Seahawks passing game have coincided with Tyler Lockett’s downturn. Bad luck has played a part in Lockett’s struggles over the last month as he suffered a nasty leg contusion and then caught an aggressive flu bug. But it was odd to see Lockett as such a non-factor against the Rams on Sunday given that Seattle was trailing by three scores for most of it and desperately needed big plays in the passing game.

“We haven’t been running plays to be explosive,” was how Lockett explained the struggles of the passing game following the loss. “We’ve been running plays to run the ball and control the clock. We haven’t really been trying to go over the top like we normally have because teams have been game-planning it.”

I understand that the Seahawks are and always will be a run-first team, but Seattle needs to regain its mojo in the passing game, which means Tyler Lockett has to get going again.

As for Amadi, I’m not quite sure what to tell you. Seattle clearly has preferred Akeem King in the three games since cutting Jamar Taylor. Pete Carroll explained back in late November that the team had the utmost confidence in Amadi and that the rookie was ready for the opportunity to play nickel. Those comments obviously haven’t manifested into a single defensive snap for the fourth-round pick.

This remains baffling to me. A fifth-round pick in for a standout free safety who has arguably been Seattle’s best defensive player over the last four games? That’s robbery. Quandre Diggs’ brother, Quentin Jammer, told the Seattle Times that the safety’s “blunt” personality wore Lions head coach Matt Patricia thin. Beyond that, who knows what Detroit was thinking. It’s hard to imagine the Lions couldn’t have fetched more for a player who was a defensive captain in Detroit with an affordable contract.

DK Metcalf has had a really nice rookie season with 50 receptions for 783 yards and five touchdowns. His yardage and reception totals lead all rookie wideouts. His five scores are one shy of Terry McLaurin. What’s most impressive to me is that Metcalf’s efficiency has drastically improved over the course of the season. He’s caught 12-of-13 targets over his last two games, including hauling in all six of his targets against the Rams with Jalen Ramsey shadowing him all game long.

Metcalf’s role and production on a 10-3 Seahawks team is worthy of consideration for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. But for me, he comes in second place to Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who has racked up 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns in just 12 games. Jacobs has five 100-yard performances this season.

But – yes there’s a but – Jacobs is currently dealing with a shoulder injury that cause him to miss Week 14. Should he miss more time, Metcalf could have a chance to steal the award with a few big performances down the stretch.

Yes, yes you can lose a game in the first half. The Seahawks proved that on Sunday against the Rams. I’d also argue that you can win a game in the first half, as Seattle did in Atlanta in Week 8.

1. I go back and watch every game to see what I may have missed the first time around. I’m not an X’s and O’s expert so I try to read and have conversations with others as much as possible in order to always be learning.

2. I definitely keep tabs on the entire league, but specifically teams in the NFC.

3. I’ve gotten used to not having a rooting interest in the NFL so it’s not weird to me anymore. I still have the Washington Huskies to pull for. What’s harder is not having an NBA team in Seattle. That means my stress level watching Mariners baseball is at an all-time high!

Seahawks lose Rashaad Penny for season with ACL injury

Seahawks lose Rashaad Penny for season with ACL injury

The Seattle Seahawks offense has been dealt another tough blow.

According to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, rookie running back Rashaad Penny will miss the remainder of the season with an ACL injury. 

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the former first-round pick suffered a torn ACL in Seattle’s 28-12 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, an MRI confirmed Monday. 


Penny is coming off a two-game stretch of 129 and 74 yards against the Eagles and Vikings. He also scored a combined three touchdowns in those two games, giving Seattle the 1-2 punch at running back they hoped to achieve. 

"Well obviously it's disappointing losing Penny," Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said after Sunday’s loss. "He's such a great competitor. He's been tremendous the past several weeks, so that's just unfortunate. It's part of the game unfortunately. I got to talk to him afterward and he had his head up, he's looking forward to where he's going next and just fighting through the rehab of it all and we'll be right there with him, but yeah, it was tough when you lose one of your key players -- a guy that you love to play with like Penny. He's been playing good football, too, for us, but Chris did well tonight. He made some key runs. Made some nice plays, some nice catches and stuff like that, so I thought Chris played well."

Running back Chris Carson also took to Twitter to send Penny well-wishes.

The Seahawks will now turn to C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer. Prosise has rushed just 15 times for 72 yards in 2019, while Homer has yet to have a single carry. 

Analysis: Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett offer peculiar explanation for Seahawks offensive woes vs. Rams

Analysis: Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett offer peculiar explanation for Seahawks offensive woes vs. Rams

Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett both have a unique way of reacting to a loss. They won’t harp on any one thing in particular, and then they’ll offer the typical “we didn’t execute well enough” clichés before turning the page as quickly as possible.

Let me make this clear, there’s nothing wrong with that at face value. Wilson and Lockett are team leaders tasked with keeping the ship moving forward, especially in adverse times like the Seahawks 28-12 loss to the Rams on Sunday night.

“I think that we didn’t match the execution (of the Rams) more than anything else,” Wilson said. “When it comes down to playing a great football team, us being a great football team, we’ve got to execute when it matters and some of those plays we didn’t.”

Wilson wasn’t wrong. Seattle was outgained by Los Angeles 455-308, had 10 fewer first downs and converted just 5-of-14 third downs while the Rams went 7-of-13. Wilson and Co. were kept out of the end zone and the quarterback's streak of 16-straight games with at least one passing touchdown came to an end.

While he and Lockett will never be as candid as Shaquill Griffin was following the ugly defeat on primetime, there were still a few troublesome quotes from those two.

In their respective evaluations of what went wrong, both Wilson and Lockett pointed to a lack of opportunities early in the game. After an opening drive field goal, Seattle went seven-straight drives without points. The Rams went on a 21-0 run during that span.

“It felt like we didn’t have the ball really until the fourth quarter,” Wilson said. “And then we started throwing and making some plays and doing the things we wanted to do.”

That’s not true, though, as Seattle had more time of possession in the first half, 15:17-14:43. Lockett was under the same impression as Wilson – that there was a lack of opportunities.

“They executed their offensive game plan really well,” he said. “They were holding the ball a lot, and we weren’t really having a lot of possessions to be able to do what we wanted to do. They were controlling the game, and it took us out of our element. We had to hurry up and try to rush the game plan more to try to get the ball going, to try to get the touchdown going so we could get back in the game.”

The Rams did execute really well out of the gate, scoring touchdowns on three of their first four possessions. But Seattle’s offense – its passing game in particular – has enough firepower to be able to respond. It’s why the Seahawks were able to keep pace and ultimately beat the Rams in a 30-29 shootout in Week 5. It’s why Seattle was able to erase a 20-6 deficit and top the Browns in Week 6. I could go on.

Seattle’s 7-2 start was due primarily to Wilson’s MVP-level first half of the season and his uncanny chemistry with Lockett. It’s no coincidence that their lack of production together is why the Seahawks passing attack has sputtered of late.

Lockett dealt with a leg contusion and the flu in Weeks 10, 12 and 13, but what was the issue against the Rams? How was Los Angeles able to keep Wilson to 245 yards and no touchdowns and Lockett to just four receptions for 43 yards?

“I just think that we’ve been running the ball more,” Lockett said. “We haven’t been focused much on trying to air-raid the ball like we kind of did earlier on. I think a lot of teams are trying to force us to run the ball instead of trying to force the throw all the time. We’ve been taking what teams give us to run the ball early on.”

That, right there, is alarming. Championship caliber teams should be able to dictate the tempo beyond just taking what a defense gives them, especially when trailing 21-3 in a pivotal primetime matchup. Seattle had every chance to get back into the contest. The defense cleaned things up at halftime, only giving up seven points over the final two quarters, and even scored a touchdown on Quandre Diggs’ pick-six.

But the Seahawks passing game remained anemic from start to finish. It was a low point amid a four-game stretch in which Wilson hasn’t topped 245 yards. And this quote from Lockett may be the most concerning of all.

“We haven’t been running plays to be explosive,” Lockett said. “We’ve been running plays to run the ball and control the clock. We haven’t really been trying to go over the top like we normally have because teams have been game-planning it.”

That strategy works in games like Seattle’s wins against Philadelphia and Minnesota where the Seahawks defense was stout, and the running game was churning out yards with ease. But when Plan A has to go out the window, as it did in Los Angeles, you have to have a counter punch. The Seahawks simply didn’t have one against the Rams.

Perspective is still important as long as Seattle can figure things out in the days leading up to its Week 15 road game against the Panthers. The reality is that the Seahawks, now 10-3, are still in a great spot to win the NFC West if they take care of their own business. That’s what Wilson and Lockett chose to focus on following Sunday’s eye-opening loss.

“Just let it go,” Lockett said of how he plans to handle the defeat. “We’ve still got three more games. We’re in a great position. On to Carolina. Just keep on playing, learn from it and just move on. It’s nothing to just sit and nod your head and get mad about.”

I’d agree. Sunday’s loss wasn’t one to lose sleep about. But squandering an opportunity to win the NFC West and ending up with the No. 5 seed in the postseason would be regretful, which is why the Seahawks need a sense of urgency it clearly lacked against the Rams.

Shaquill Griffin: Seahawks knocked off ‘high horse’ in loss to Rams

Shaquill Griffin: Seahawks knocked off ‘high horse’ in loss to Rams

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquill Griffin wasn’t bashful about calling a spade a spade following the Seahawks ugly, 28-12, loss to the Rams in Week 14. The primetime defeat was decisive on both sides of the football as the Rams built an early lead and never looked back.

“I’ve got to take my hat off to them,” Griffin said. “Their game plan was good. Their scheme was good. They took advantage of that. The main thing we have to do is go back to the drawing board and figure out what happened – what went wrong and what went right.”

The Rams offense did most of its damage in the first half. Jared Goff completed 15-of-18 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns over the first two quarters. Malcolm Brown added a third touchdown on the ground in what was a 21-0 run for Los Angeles.

Seattle’s defense struggled to get comfortable in the early going and it showed. Goff had all day to throw and was playing catch with wide open receivers. Griffin didn’t use the word predictable, but he suggested that the Rams knew exactly how to carve up the Seahawks secondary.

“What was different was the routes we were seeing, they cut them a little shorter,” Griffin said. “They saw the open windows. They saw the open spots. I feel like they knew what coverage we were in. … They sat in windows that we didn’t go over.”

Beyond being handled from a schematics standpoint, the Seahawks were beat on an emotional level as well. The Rams were in a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive, and it showed. Seattle had an opportunity to leave Week 14 atop the entire NFC, and yet there was zero urgency to suggest as much.

Griffin admitted that his team didn’t have the mental edge required given the quality opponent, the stakes of the game and the primetime spotlight.

“We came in thinking like, ‘OK, this game, we’ve already got it won.’ That’s the part that we have to do better and we will,” he explained.

Seattle entered Sunday’s game as winners of five straight. On the heels of three standout defensive performances, it appeared that the Seahawks were on the verge of having everything come together for the home stretch. Instead they were humbled in front of a national audience.

The wake-up call can be a positive as long as the proper lessons are learned and the necessary adjustments are made.

“I feel like we were on a high horse at the time,” Griffin said. “That’s not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it takes that little loss to make you feel like, ‘You know what? We can’t act like we’re just the best team out there. We can’t come in thinking we’re automatically going to win this game.’”

Griffin took ownership of his part in Seattle’s lopsided defeat. Seattle’s top corner back and budding leader in the locker room assumed the blame for a few of Los Angeles’ key offensive plays.

Griffin allowed Rams tight end Tyler Higbee to beat him up the right sideline in the first half for a 33-yard gain. He also gave up a 2-yard touchdown to Robert Woods in the second quarter.

“I feel like I didn’t have the game that I usually have,” he said. “I didn’t play well. I have to do better. I have to do more for my team, and I will. I will do better.”

The loss isn’t catastrophic from Seattle’s standpoint. It’s unlikely that the Seahawks claim the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but the NFC West crown is still well within reach. Seattle can win the division by winning out, including the highly-anticipated matchup against the 49ers in Week 17.

“It’s still there. We still believe. We still have the chance to control our own destiny and we will,” Griffin said. “I feel like this is going to be a whole different team come Carolina next weekend.”

The Seahawks know they laid an egg on Sunday night. How they respond, especially against a reeling Panthers team in Week 15, will be telling.

Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny suffers ‘significant” ACL strain

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Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny suffers ‘significant” ACL strain

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 sprain.

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

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.

Social media reacts: Seahawks tumble in 28-12 loss to Rams

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Social media reacts: Seahawks tumble in 28-12 loss to Rams

You could blame it on the loss of Rashaad Penny or the fact Russell Wilson, a candidate for league MVP, did not score a single touchdown. 

But there's only one word to describe the way the Seattle Seahawks played on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams: ugly. 

In a crucial game where the stakes were high, the Seahawks, vying for the No. 1 seed out West and a playoff berth, let the Rams take control of the game from the start. 

Los Angeles held a 21-3 lead at halftime, but as we know to expect with Seattle, it's never over until it's over. Back-to-back interceptions from Quandre Diggs, one returned for a pick-6, gave the Seahawks momentum to cut it to 21-9 before the end of the third quarter.

Todd Gurley and the Rams, however, hauled in another touchdown in the final quarter and after a Malik Turner dropped fourth-and-1 pass and another Jacob Hollister third-and-7 pass, LA called game. 

Here’s a look at how fans and media reacted to the big plays in the Seahawks 28-12 loss the Rams. 

The highlight of the first half was when the Rams cheerleaders spent a little too much time on the field and got called out for it. 

Quandre Diggs came alive in the second half with back-to-back interceptions, including a pick-6. Lions fans took a moment to mourn the loss of a player that got traded away to the Seahawks for a 2020 fifth-rounder. 

Rasheem Green, a former USC standout, also made a noteworthy block on a Rams field goal attempt in the third quarter. 


Seattle still controls its destiny in the West, despite being 10-3, but they are now unlikely to take top seed in the NFC. 

Next up, the Seahawks head to Carolina to take on the lowly Panthers (5-8), who are coming off a 20-point loss to the Falcons.