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- Rams Head Coach Sean McVay had some clock management issues today; in a one score game, he was already down to one timeout left with just under 9 minutes left in a 13-10 game at that point.
- The Seahawks got themselves into a 10-0 deficit with some questionable play calls; in the first quarter, they ran a gadget play with a double pass play from WR Tanner McEvoy (which was intercepted), and in the 2nd quarter, had QB Russell Wilson move to his left and throw back all the way across the field to his right (which was intercepted). To be fair, we don’t know if that was the play design or a freelance, but it appeared to be the former. One trend that we see with the Seahawks is a tendency to be somewhat loose like this with their playcalling on the road; it’s as if they acknowledge they don’t perform as well on the road, so they have to be slightly more gimmicky.
- The Seahawks did make some nice adjustments; one wrinkle we liked was their confidence in moving RB JD McKissic around in the formation and into the slot.
- The Rams have been doing a good job all year with their offensive playcalls, utilizing all of their personnel in a variety of roles in the formation. In this game, WR Tavon Austin ran the ball the effectively to give them a different dimension. However, they did neglect RB Gurley in this game just a bit, and after an effective first quarter, they simply chose not to run the game through him for some reason. Notwithstanding this, we believe Head Coach McVay is very promising and has done an excellent job thus far this season. Additionally, the Rams defense has been stout almost all season and their trap games with their defensive backs are growing more and more effective each game. The Rams are real contenders for the divisional crown.