Silver linings: Seahawks at Rams

October, 2, 2012
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The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 2-2 with a 19-13 defeat to the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • James Carpenter started at left guard and played nearly a full game in his first appearance since suffering a knee injury last season. Seattle had success running the ball over the left side. This was a good start for Carpenter.
  • Marshawn Lynch carried 20 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. He leads the NFL in total rushing yardage (423). He also leads the NFL in yardage after contact (199), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
  • Seattle's defense held the Rams to 2.8 yards per rushing attempt and zero touchdowns (St. Louis found the end zone on a fake field goal). The Rams managed only 286 yards on 60 plays, an average of 4.8 per play.
  • Cornerback Richard Sherman picked off a pass, his second interception of the season.
  • Leon Washington had a 69-yard kickoff return.
  • Left tackle Russell Okung earned high marks for his work at left tackle, especially in the run game. So did defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who seems to be playing at a Pro Bowl level this season.
  • Russell Wilson completed all three pass attempts for 40 yards and also had an 8-yard scramble during an 80-yard touchdown drive to open the game.
  • Alan Branch and Jason Jones had sacks. Bobby Wagner had three tackles for loss (Mebane had two).
  • Robert Turbin showed quickness and power in rushing six times for 45 yards (7.5-yard average).
  • Seattle rushed for 179 yards overall.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 5.

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