Just months removed from justifying calls from the peanut gallery to “Let Russ Cook,” Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks looked absolutely cooked on Saturday night.
In Seattle’s 30-20 wild-card loss to the divisional rival Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks mustered 11 first downs and 278 total yards against L.A. and converted just 2 of 14 third-down attempts.
Seattle was still in the ball game in the second half despite its paltry production. But after kicking a field goal and cutting L.A.’s lead to three on the first drive of the third quarter, Seattle then punted on four consecutive drives, moving the ball just 21 yards on 17 plays, picking up just two first downs and never reaching midfield. Meanwhile, Los Angeles and an injured Jared Goff stretched their lead from three points to 17. All this, while the Rams’ star defender, Aaron Donald, was sidelined by a rib injury.
Wilson and Co. failed to take advantage of Donald’s absence and to wake up on offense until it was too late in the fourth quarter.