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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Seahawks 37, Rams 13


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- The Seahawks got what they needed heading into their bye week, a victory that appeared to feature no new injuries of significance.

The Seahawks still have problems, but nothing close to those ailing the 0-3 Rams. The Rams put up very little fight, particularly early, and the game quickly devolved into a blur of Seattle handoffs as the Seahawks rushed for 245 yards.

The bye week might allow the Seahawks to get reasonably healthy at receiver for the first time this season.

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck calmly predicted another NFC West title for the Seahawks even before the team blew out St. Louis. Nothing about beating the Rams mattered much -- St. Louis is a horrible team at this point -- but the victory itself mattered a great deal.

Arizona's defeat closed the Cardinals' lead in the division to one game. The gap could close further if the Cardinals lose a road game to the Jets in Week 4.

For the Rams, coach Scott Linehan absorbed another blowout defeat only days after owner Chip Rosenbloom threatened changes if the team failed to improve. It's tough to see Linehan lasting past the bye in Week 5 unless the Rams somehow upset the Bills next week.