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Where Seahawks stand in NFC West following win over Vikings

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Where Seahawks stand in NFC West following win over Vikings

The Seahawks are now at the top of the NFC West and control their own destiny with a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. 

The New Orleans Saints (10-2) jumped into the conference's No. 1 seed thanks to the Seahawks' win, dropping their division rival 49ers down to No. 5. 

Seattle (10-2) moved to the No. 2 seed and holds the top spot in the NFC West Division thanks to a 27-24 OT win over the 49ers in Week 10 at Levi’s Stadium. 

New Orleans holds the tie-breaker on Seattle because of their win over the Seahawks in Week 3. The stakes remain high for all teams involved as New Orleans and San Francisco will face off next week.

Three of the Seahawks final four games are to divisional opponents. They will have a short week before traveling to Los Angeles to take on the LA Rams. The Seahawks took down the Rams in Week 5, 30-29. After a trip east to take on the Panthers, the Seahawks host the Cardinals, a team they defeated 27-10 in Week 4. Then, what could turn out to be the game that decides the division, Seattle hosts San Francisco in Week 17 in the final game of the regular season. 

Here's the full NFC playoff picture after Monday night:

  1. New Orleans Saints (10-2)
  2. Seattle Seahawks (10-2)
  3. Green Bay Packers (9-3)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
  5. San Francisco 49ers (10-2)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (8-4)

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

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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

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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.

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. 

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.

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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