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Key Decision #1: (Rams leading 13-0/4th & 1 SEA 24/11:45 Q2)
- Rams had seized an early 13-0 lead and drove the ball into Seattle territory. Facing a 4th & 1 well within field goal range, the Rams elected to go for it and did not convert the play. Under normal circumstances, we consider this a negative in play calling, as we feel a visiting team should take the opportunity to go up two scores, especially in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. However, because of the final score, we’re not deducting much, if any, from Head Coach Sean McVay, as the Rams obviously made good on their decision to call an aggressive game.
Key Decision #2: (Rams leading 13-0/4th & 15 SEA 8/10:31 Q2)
- On the series after they failed to convert the above 4th down, the Rams defense held Seattle to three-and-out forcing them to punt the ball. The Rams orchestrate a punt return that took the ball into scoring territory; their second successful return of the day. This play immediately seized back momentum from Seattle and set up the offense for a touchdown. In our opinion, this was an excellent example of game planning, as it was the second punt return taken into scoring territory, and it was called at a time when the momentum was able to break the game open for Los Angeles. Credit to Los Angeles’ special teams coaching here.
- After scoring the touchdown on this possession to go up 20-0, the game never was close again, and Los Angeles maintained their momentum for an impressive win in Seattle.
- Rams were 2/2 on challenges, showing excellent communication between McVay and his staff in the booth.
- Seattle had a lot of struggles in this game that were outside of the control of the head coach. Penalties, turnovers, and a depleted linebacking group made this a difficult day for Seattle.
- Los Angeles did an excellent job calling plays that created production from several different players. Credit to their use of personnel as well as their play calling.