Seattle Seahawks QB Geno Smith heads off the sector following sport towards the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 4, in Inglewood, Calif. AP Photograph/Marcio Jose Sanchez
By Tim Sales space
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — One of many lacking items from Geno Smith’s terrific comeback season for the Seattle Seahawks was directing one thing memorable late within the sport.
That lastly occurred Sunday when Smith led a game-winning drive within the last minutes as Seattle rallied previous the Los Angeles Rams for a 27-23 victory in a must-win sport for the Seahawks’ playoff hopes.
Smith hitting DK Metcalf for the profitable landing with 36 seconds left was one other particular second to be savored in what has continued to be an unforgettable season for Seattle’s QB. His 367 yards passing have been a profession excessive, he threw at the least two TD passes for the sixth straight sport. If not for a disputed interception, Smith’s 116.1 passer score would have been nearer to 130.
“I feel it places it to relaxation that, OK, he’s completed that. He’s come from behind and led the ultimate drive. … It’s simply good to have that behind him. It’s been some time and he was conscious of that,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll mentioned.
However the truth Smith needed to rally the Seahawks (7-5) regardless of such a giant sport throwing the ball solely highlighted a few of Seattle’s continued deficiencies.
Seattle’s protection struggled to cease the run for a 3rd straight sport. And this wasn’t the Rams’ Tremendous Bowl-winning offense they have been failing to sluggish. This was a Rams unit crammed with backups that have been discovering loads of yards to achieve towards a protection that has continued to backslide following a powerful midseason stretch.
Moreover, Seattle’s run sport remained largely quiet, however that was as a lot to do with accidents as effectiveness. Kenneth Walker III had simply three carries for 36 yards and performed solely 14 snaps earlier than being sidelined by a foot/ankle damage. Deejay Dallas was additionally slowed by an ankle sprain and it left Tony Jones Jr. as an sudden contributor within the second half.
The effectivity of Seattle’s move sport and the connection between Smith and his major broad receivers continues to thrive. The win over the Rams was a show of simply how sturdy that connection has turn out to be. Smith was 17 of 20 for 255 yards and two touchdowns when focusing on Lockett and Metcalf. All eight of Metcalf’s targets resulted in completions. No matter considerations a couple of dropoff in manufacturing for Metcalf and Tyler Lockett with the departure of Russell Wilson have been pushed apart. Each gamers are on tempo for almost 100 catches, which for Metcalf could be a profession excessive. Lockett is on tempo for 10 TDs, which might match his profession greatest.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
For the primary time this season, the Seahawks received a sport when permitting greater than 150 yards speeding. Seattle nonetheless managed to let the Rams rush for 171 yards and common 5.2 yards per carry. Greater than half these yards got here within the first half earlier than Seattle made some changes, however it’s nonetheless a troubling pattern for the Seahawks. Previously three video games, Seattle has allowed 615 yards speeding and 5.3 yards per try.
What extra could be mentioned about rookie CB Tariq Woolen? Whereas it wasn’t a flawless sport, Woolen did decide off his sixth move of the season, tying Seattle’s document for interceptions by a rookie. He’s tied for the league lead with Philadelphia C.J. Gardner-Johnson and stays one of many favorites for defensive rookie of the yr. Woolen can also be getting the therapy extra established standout cornerbacks obtain with groups actively selecting to not throw his course.
The general well being of Seattle’s working backs room, which is particularly necessary for a crew that wishes stability offensively. Accidents to Walker and Dallas have been exasperated by Travis Homer being inactive and left Jones getting an sudden quantity of snaps. Relying on the severity of the accidents, Seattle could have to make a roster addition to bolster its choices.
The working again scenario will probably be watched all week. Carroll was obscure with updates about Walker and Dallas. Walker jammed his ankle and whereas it’s not a standard ankle sprain there’s some strained tissue within the ankle space leaving his standing undetermined. Dallas’ damage is extra of an ankle sprain. … S Ryan Neal, already coping with an elbow challenge, has a sore knee, however Carroll mentioned he’s hopeful he’ll be capable to play Sunday.
12 — Smith has posted at the least a 60% completion share and a passer score of 80 or increased in all 12 video games this season. It’s tied for the longest streak to start a season, together with Aaron Rodgers (2011) and Peyton Manning (2009).
Seattle begins a essential two-week stretch with consecutive dwelling video games 5 days aside. The Seahawks will host Carolina on Sunday with the Panthers coming off their bye. That’s adopted by a Thursday evening showdown with San Francisco and large implications within the NFC West race on Dec. 15.