Ell’s NFL Weekly: Week 8

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December 12, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports

Week 8


Panthers 31 vs. Bucs 13

The Panthers get a needed divisional win overly the lowly Bucs as the fans called for their coach to get fired. QB Cam Newton was 23/32 for 221yds, 2TDs, and led the team with 11 carries for 50yds and a TD; he is now the 1st NFL Player with 50+ passing TDs and 25+ rushing TDs over a 3yr span. RB DeAngelo Williams had 8 carries for 43yds and a TD on the ground with his 1st TD on the season and the Bucs D 1st rushing TD allowed. RB/FB Mike Tolbert added 7 carries for 35yds and 4 catches for 29yds and a TD. WR Ted Ginn led the receiving attack with 5 catches for 80yds and a TD and star WR Steve Smith added 4 catches for 42yds, but struggled with CB Darrelle Revis on him. The Panthers D had 3 sacks on the day led by the DEs as Greg Hardy had 4 tackles and sack and Charles Johnson had 2 tackles and 2 sacks. For the Bucs, rookie QB Mike Glennon struggled in passing mode with the team down as he had 275yds and a late 4th quarter TD.  RB Mike James had 10 carries for 39yds and 4 catches for 25yds receiving while starting for star RB Doug Martin. WR Vincent Jackson led the receiving effort with 5 catches for 79yds and rookie undrafted TE Timothy Wright added 5 catches for 48yds and a TD. Undrafted rookie KR/WR Eric Page had a fumble that he loss on the day.  The Bucs D had 3 sacks on the day led by OLB Lavonte David with 9 tackles and a sack, but they had no answers for Cam Newton. The defense struggled playing mostly in zone giving a lot of open gaps to the Panthers. The Panthers improve to 4-3 on the season and things are looking better after a rough start and Newton is playing better. The Bucs fall to 0-7 and must continue to play better on both sides of the ball with the offense so young and the defense just needing to put it altogether.

49ers 42 vs. Jags 10

The 49ers dominate the Jags while playing in London as they look like the team everyone expected to see using Kaepernick’s athleticism and the run game to move the ball. QB Colin Kaepernick went 10/16 for 164yds, a TD, 54yds rushing, and 2 rushing TDs on the day; mostly converting 3rd downs along the way to scoring drives. Backup QB Colt McCoy even got in on the action with a pass for 13yds. RB Frank Gore led the way with 19carries for 71yds and 2TDs, but he did turnover the ball on a fumble. Backup RB Kendall Hunter ran well as a complement to Gore with 9 carries for 84yds on the day. WR Anquan Boldin led the receiving attack with 4 catches for 56yds and TE Vernon Davis had 3 catches for 52yds and a TD while stretching the field. FB Bruce Miller even got in on the receiving action out of the option with 2 catches for 56yds including a catch and run of 43yds. The 49ers D played physical on the day and had a forced fumble by star MLB Patrick Willis which was recovered by 5th year OLB Dan Skuta for a 47yd TD in the 4th quarter. ILB NaVorro Bowman led the way with 10 tackles on the day as a tough presence in the middle. On the other side, Jags QB Chad Henne had 228yds and a TD on the day which is not good considering that the Jags were playing from behind all game. RB Maurice Jones-Drew led the rushing attack with 19 carries for 75yds and 47yds receiving while rookie RB Denard Robinson, the former Michigan star, had 4 carries for 15yds as a change of pace back.  WR Cecil Shorts led the receiving attack with 7 catches for 74yds continuing to show a good connection with Henne. Undrafted rookie WR Mike Brown continues to make plays out of the slot with 3 catches for 43yds and a 29yd TD. TE Mercedes Lewis struggled with only 1 catch for 6yds and fumbled the ball as mentioned earlier. The Jags D got carved by the 49ers running game with the only key playing being a forced fumble by DE Jason Babin who continues to play well. MLB Paul Posluszny continues to rack up tackles leading the way with 10 tackles on the day. The 49ers improve to 6-2 keeping pace with the Seahawks as they try to win the division, however they must be able to play like this offensively more consistently. The Jags fall to 0-8 as they struggle horribly on defense, but the offense needs to make more plays also if they ever want to win a game this season.

Browns 17 vs. Chiefs 23

The Chiefs pull off a close one as the Browns keep it close, but a few mistakes leave the Browns with another loss and the Chiefs remain the only unbeaten team in the league. QB Alex Smith had 225yds, 2TDs, and 40yds rushing on 6 carries showing his athleticism this season. RB Jamaal Charles had 18 carries for 74yds and 5 catches for 46yds as the 2nd leading receiver for the Chiefs continuing to be a dual threat. WR/RB/KR Dexter McCluster led the team in receiving with 7 catches for 67yds including a nice 28yd TD. The Chiefs Special Teams made the play of the game when WR Davone Bess muffed a punt and it was recovered while the Chiefs already had a 20-17 lead. The Chiefs D stopped the run this game, but struggled against the passing game as they only had 1 sack on the day by OLB Justin Houston and ILB Derrick Johnson had 12 tackles on the day. For the Browns, QB Jason Campbell had a good game in his 1st start of the season as he had 293yds and 2TDs along with 17yds rushing on 3 carries as RB Willis McGahee didn’t provide much help (9 carries for 28yds, 2 catches for 0yds). Backup RB Chris Ogbonnaya continues to be a dual threat with 3 rushes for 12yds and 3 catches for 15yds. Star WR Josh Gordon continues to impress with 5 catches for 132yds and a TD leading the receiving attack. TE Jordan Cameron continues to display his receiving skills with 4 catches for 81yds on the day as the 2nd option. The Browns D played well holding KC to only 3pts in the 2nd half and they kept Charles out the end zone as they had 6 sacks on the day, but the passing game of Alex Smith was too much in the 1st half. The defense was led by the Inside Linebackers as ILB D’Qwell Jackson had 7 tackles and 1.5sacks and ILB Craig Robertson had 10 tackles and a sack. The Chiefs improve to 8-0 with a game lead on the Broncos with a tough win, but the defense can’t afford to sleep on the lower teams. The Browns fall to 3-5 with a tough loss in a game that was within reach, but the play of Jason Campbell might be exactly what they needed as Weeden couldn’t move the ball at all.

Dolphins 17 vs. Pats 27

The Patriots get a nice comeback win over their divisional rival Dolphins who led 17-3 at the half, but couldn’t score in the 2nd half; Tom Brady appeared to be playing with a swollen hand during the game which affected him in the 1st half. Brady went 13/22 for 116yds a TD, an INT, and 5yds rushing overall, but a nice 8yd run on 4th down to keep the drive alive in the 4th quarter. The Pats RB trio got in on the action as starter Stevan Ridley had 79yds on 14 carries and a TD, backup power back LeGarrette Blount added 11 carries for 46yds, and 3rd down change of pace back Brandon Bolden added 8 carries for 22yds, a TD, and 7yds receiving. Rookie WR Aaron Dobson led the way with 4 catches for 60yds including a nice 14yd TD off a double move; no one else have over 27yds (Gronk) receiving. The Pats D played well with 6sacks, 2INTs, and a forced fumble (recovered) on the day led by rookie CB Logan Ryan with 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. On the other side, the Dolphins started out well offensively in the 1st half, but QB Ryan Tannehill struggled to move the ball in the 2nd half as he had 192yds, 12yds rushing, 2 TDs, a fumble (loss), and 2 INTs. RB Lamar Miller had 89yds on 18 carries and 23yds receiving on the day. RB Daniel Thomas complemented him well with 9 carries for 47yds including a nice 15yd run on 4th and 1 which led to a scoring drive (14-0). WR Mike Wallace led the way with 3 catchers for 41yds, but he had some drops in the game. TE Charles Clay added 5 catches for 37yds and WR Brian Hartline had 4 catches for 37yds. Rookie K Caleb Sturgis missed 2 kicks on the day going 1/3. The Dolphins defense played well until they allowed Brady and the running game to drive up the field in the 2nd half as they had 3 sacks and a an INT in the game led by DT Jared Odrick with 2 tackles and 2 sacks. The Pats improve to 6-2 on a needed comeback win to move another game ahead of the Dolphins in the division, but the passing game will not always play this poorly so they will be good going forward. The Dolphins fall to 3-4 by letting a big game get away from them as both the defense and offense need to play more consistently. The Dolphins have destroyed their 3-0 start and need to get some wins fast if they want to keep up with the Pats.


Bills 17 vs. Saints 35

The Saints carve the Bills through the air behind QB Drew Brees as he continues to light-up the scoreboard. Brees went 26/34 on the day with 322yds and 5TDs on the day leading the way offensively. RB Pierre Thomas had 14 carries for 65yds and 29yds receiving on the day. Rookie WR Kenny Stills led the receiving effort as the star of the day with 3 catches for 129yds and 2TDs including a 69yd TD as he stretched the field like he did in the preseason. The TEs got in on the action as Ben Watson had 3 catches for 45yds and star Jimmy Graham had 3 catches for 37yds and 2TDs. The Saints D played well putting Bills QB Thad Lewis under constant pressure with 4 sacks, an INT, and 3 forced fumbles (2 recovered). LB David Hawthorne led the way with 8 tackles, a sack, and an INT on the day. On the other side, Lewis threw for 234yds, a TD, an INT, and fumbled 3times (1 recovered). RB Fred Jackson struggled with 15 carries for 45yds and a TD as the starter with RB C.J. Spiller out with injuries, while backup RB Tashard Choice added 7 carries for 35yds on the day. TE Scott Chandler added 7 catches for 72yds on the day tied in catches with WR Stevie Johnson who had 7 catches for 72yds and a TD.  Rookie WR Marquise Goodwin added 3 catches for 56yds on the day stretching the field. The Bills D struggled in the secondary despite having 4 sacks on the day, as Brees escaped pressure all game to convert deep passes and TDs. The Saints improve to 6-1 on the season as they roll over the Bills with a nice balanced effort on both sides of the ball. The Bills fall to 3-5 as the offense is not the same under Lewis and the defense struggles to contain Brees. The Bills really need QB E.J. Manuel and RB C.J. Spiller to return and make some explosive plays.

Cowboys 30 vs. Lions 31

The Lions win a big one at home proving to be legit NFC contenders as they comeback scoring 24pts in the 4th quarter to beat the Cowboys. QB Matthew Stafford had 488yds, a TD, 12rushing, a rushing TD, and 2INTs on the day. Stafford had a nice drive going 4-5 for 79yds to beat the cowboys with a game winning TD on a fake spike at the 1. RB Reggie Bush had 21 catches for 92yds and a TD with 8 catches for 30yds also including a fumble (loss). Backup RB Joique Bell complemented Bush well again with 4 carries for 32yds and a TD with 1 catch for 22yds. Star WR Calvin “Megatron” Johnson had a record setting day with 14 catches for 329yds and a TD including a rare fumble (loss). WR Kris Durham added 4 catches for 54yds as he continues to be a part of the receiving core helping on the game winning drive. The Lions D played well against the run, but struggled mightily against the Cowboys passing game as MLB Stephen Tulloch led the way with 7 tackles on the day. For the Cowboys, Tony Romo had 206yds and 3TDs, but he was short on a pass to star WR Dez Bryant leading to a confrontation on the sidelines. Rookie RB Joseph Randle struggled as the start with 14 carries for 26yds and 18yds receiving. Bryant led the Cowboys in receiving with 3 catches for 72yds and 2TDs while rookie WR Terrance Williams added 4 catches for 64yds and a TD. The Cowboys D held the Lions to only 7 1st half points until a big 4th quarter, but they had a sack, 2 INTs, and 2 forced fumbles (both recovered) led by star MLB Sean Lee with 7 tackles and 2 INTs. The Lions improve to 5-3 on the season as they pull off a big drive with 40 seconds on the clock to win on a good offensive effort. However, the defense can’t afford to give up this kind of yardage and cause 0 turnovers. The Cowboys fall to 4-4 on the season in a game they let get away and turmoil on the sidelines doesn’t help the cause with Dez Bryant confronting teammates Tony Romo and TE Jason Witten. The Cowboys need to play better on both sides of the ball going forward if they want to beat the better teams.

Giants 15 vs. Eagles 7

The Giants get a much needed divisional win to improve on their bad start behind 5 field goals by veteran K Josh Brown (5/5) as Mike Vick was quite healthy and left the game replaced by ineffective rookie QB Matt Barkley in his 2nd game of action. Eli Manning had 246yds on the day no TDs and most importantly no INTs. RB Peyton Hillis got the starting nod, but only had 70yds on 20 carries and 15yds receiving.  WR Victor Cruz led the receiving attack with 7 catches for 86yds and WR Hakeem Nicks had 7 catches for 51yds. TE Brandon Myers found holes in the defense with 3 catches for 42yds. The Giants D played well with 4sacks, 2INTs, and 3 forced fumbles on the day (1 recovered) led by CB Terrell Thomas with 10tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. For the Eagles, QB Mike Vick was 6/9 with 30yds and an INT before leaving with another hamstring injury. Rookie QB Matt Barkley had 158yds, an INT, and 3 fumbles; the one he loss was with the Eagles at the goal line right after Vick was injured on a ball that should have been thrown away. RB LeSean McCoy had 15 carries for 48yds and 17yds receiving on the day. WR DeSean Jackson led the receiving attack with 8 catches for 63yds and WR Jason Avant had 3 catches for 54yds stretching the field.  The Eagles D struggled to get a pass rush as they only had one sack on the day by Fletcher Cox, but kept the Giants out of the end zone, but the offense couldn’t answer. 2nd year ILB Mychal Kendricks led the way with 11tackles on the day. The Eagles only score came from the Special Teams unit as they recovered a punt for a TD after a high snap in the 4th quarter. The Giants improve to 2-6 with the defense finally showing some of its usual pass rush, but the offense must play better going forward. However, it is a good day when Eli doesn’t throw any interceptions or fumble the ball. The Eagles fall to 3-5 with a big loss in a game they could have won, but the offense needs to solve the QB problem and the defense needs to get more pressure on the QB.


Steelers 18 vs. Raiders 21

The Raiders surprisingly pull off the win at home as they build a 21-3 lead in the 1st half which proved to be enough as Kicker Shaun Suisham missed two field goals within 30yds. QB Terrelle Pryor struggled in the passing game going 10/19 for 88yds and 2INTs, but he displayed his athleticism with 9 carries for 106yds including a 93yd run for a TD (the longest run ever by a QB in NFL History). RB Darren McFadden pounded the ball with 24 carries for 73yds and 2TDs. WR Rod Streater led the receiving attack with 4 catches for 45yds and WR Denarius Moore added 2 catches for 32 yards; no one else had over 9yds. WR/KR Jacoby Ford had 2 fumbles on the day losing one, but the Raiders Special Teams had a nice blocked punt on the day leading to their second score. The Raiders D played well with 5sacks and 2INTs, but gave up 15pts in the 4th quarter. The defense was led by rookie OLB Sio Moore with 4 tackles and 2 sacks on the day. On the other side, Big Ben under constant pressure all game until trying to bring the team back in the 4th as he had 275yds, a TD, and 2INTs. RB Le’Veon Bell struggled with 13 carries for 24yds, a TD, and 27yds receiving. WR Emmanuel Sanders led the way with 7 catches for 88yds and a TD and WR Antonio Brown played well with 9 catches for 82yds. The Steelers D had 2 sacks, 2 INTs, and a forced fumble on the day, but they got carved by the running game again. The Raiders improve to 3-4 on the year behind the running game and good defense. They could get a few more tough wins as Pryor learns to throw better and this young defense grows. The Steelers fall to 2-5 on the season behind the poor O-line, poor running game, and poor run defense which continues to be a trend making it tough to win.

Jets 9 vs. Bengals 49

The Bengals win big at home against the Jets behind QB Andy Dalton and the passing game which the Jets had no answers for. Dalton threw for 325yds, 5TDs, and an INT on the day showing off his skills as more than an average QB. The Bengals run game was almost non-existent as Benjarvus Green-Ellis had 11 carries for 33yds and the rookie Giovani Bernard had 5 carries for 18yds and 1 catch for 9yds. WR Marvin Jones had a huge game leading the game in receiving with 8 catches for 122yds and 4TDs. Star WR A.J. Green added 3 catches for 115yds stretching the field well drawing double teams. The Bengals D played well with 4 sacks, 2INTs, and a TD (pick 6 CB Adam “Pacman” Jones 60yds 4th quarter) on the day. For the Jets, rookie QB Geno Smith was 20/30 with only 159yds and 2 INTs on the day, while his backup QB Matt Simms was only 3/7 with 17yds, but led the team in rushing with 3 carries for 35yds. RB Bilal Powell got most of the carries in the game with 10, but he had only 19yds rushing, backup Chris Ivory added 11yds on 6carries, and 3rd stringer Alex Green added 3 carries for 20yds. WR David Nelson led the team in receiving with 8 catches for 80yds, but no one else had over 27yds. Kicker Nick Folk scored all the points going 3/3 continuing to show his value to the team. The Jets D played horribly against the pass and the only impact plays came from 3rd year DE Muhammad Wilkerson who continues to impress as he had 2 tackles, a sack, and an INT on the day. The Bengals improve to 6-2 on the year proving to be legit playoff contenders and maybe more as they have balance to match their explosive passing game. The Jets fall to 4-4, but are in a position to continue to make noise in the AFC with only a few good teams. However, Geno must play better going forward and the defense must get pressure on the QB.

Falcons 13 vs. Cards 27

The Cardinals display a nice defensive effort and running game to get a big win over the Falcons as QB Matt Ryan throws 4 interceptions on the game. Veteran QB Carson Palmer went 13/18 for 172yds 2TDs and an INT on the day. Rookie RB Andre Ellington proved to be a legit playmaker and more than just a 3rd down back with RB Rashard Mendenhall out with injury as he had 15 carries for 154yds and a TD.  The other rookie RB the Cards drafted Stepfan Taylor had 14 carries for only 38yds. 2nd year WR Teddy Williams led the team in receiving with 1 catch for 51yds stretching the field, star WR Larry Fitzgerald had 4 catches for 48yds and a TD, and 2nd year WR Michael Floyd had 3 catches for 30yds and a TD. CB Patrick Peterson had a 13yd catch on the day as a multiple threat (CB/KR/WR).  The Cards defense kept Ryan under constant pressure with 4 sacks and 4 INTs in a dominate effort. For the Falcons, Matt Ryan threw for 301yds, a TD, and 4 INTs; sadly, he led the team in rushing with 1 carries for 13yds. RB Steven Jackson struggled in his 1st game back from a hamstring injury with 11 carries for 6yds with 7yds receiving and backup RB Jacquizz Rodgers had 2 carries for 8yds and 11yds receiving, but turnovers negated the running game. WR Harry Douglas had another big game as the #1 WR with 12 catches for 121yds showing his growth this season. 2nd year WR Drew Davis added 5 catches for 77yds and a TD and rookie WR Darius Johnson added 4 catches for 40yds out the slot for a Falcons team in need of playmakers at WR without star WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White. The Falcons defense had 3 sacks, an INT, and forced fumble, but they had no answer for Ellington and Ryan’s turnovers put them in a hole. The Cards improve to 4-4 on the season and show that they are a legit team and will compete against anyone with their tough defense and efficient offense. The Falcons fall to 2-5 as their bad start on the season continues with poor chemistry between Ryan and his new wide receivers and the struggled of the defense as they also have injuries to contend with. If Jackson doesn’t run the ball better, there is not too much else the Falcons can do to contend against the better teams anymore.


Redskins 21 vs. Broncos 45

The Broncos comeback from a turnover filled 1st half by Peyton Manning to destroy the Redskins by a wide margin in Coach Mike Shanahan’s 1st return to Denver. Manning had 354yds 4TDs, 3 INTs, and loss a fumble in the game off a sack. The run game didn’t do much as Knowshon Moreno had 43yds on 13 carries and rookie Monte Ball had 12 carries for 38yds and a nice goal line TD showing his power. However, Moreno led the team in receiving with 6 catches for 89yds and a TD continuing to give teams problems in space. WR Wes Welker led the receivers with 6 catches for 81yds and a TD and WR Demaryius Thomas 7 catches for 75yds including a nice 35yd TD on a WR screen. The Broncos defense struggled mid game, but came along strong in the 4th quarter as they had 3 sacks, 4 INTs, 2 forced fumbles (1 recovered), and a TD (pick 6) late in the game by CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a 75yd yard. The secondary really played well this game. For the Redskins, RGIII struggled under pressure all night with only 132yds, a TD, 2 INTs, 2 fumbles (1 loss) on the day also suffering a minor knee injury (the other knee) which kept him out the game in the 4th quarter for precautions. Backup QB Kirk Cousins struggled going 5/9 for 48yds and 2INTs (1 pick 6). RB Alfred Morris had a good game with 93yds and a TD on 17 carries. Rookie TE Jordan Reed led the team in receiving again with 8 catches for 90yds and WR Pierre Garcon added 7 catches for 46yds. The Redskins D played well early, but they were carved by Manning in the 4th quarter, but they had 2 sacks, 3INTs, a TD (pick 6 CB DeAngelo Hall 26yds) and a forced fumble (recovered). OLB Ryan Kerrigan got to Manning on a nice sack/forced fumble, but the pressure stopped in the 1st half and the effectiveness of Hall.  The Broncos improve to 7-1 and seemed to have found balance with the defense creating turnovers and making plays while the offense continues to put up points. The Redskins fall to 2-5 in a season that continues to get worst as they need to play better offensively and the defense can’t afford meltdowns in the secondary.

Packers 44 vs. Vikings 31

The Packers smash the Vikings on the road behind a balanced offensive effort which proved to be too much in this divisional matchup. Star QB Aaron Rodgers went 24/29 with 285yds, 2 TDs, and 31yds rushing on the day carving the Vikings secondary. Rookie RB Eddie Lacy pounded the ball with 29 carries for 94yds and a TD and backup RB James Starks had 7 carries for 57yds and a TD for a good day on the ground. With 3 out of the top 4 receivers on the team out, WR Jordy Nelson carried the team with 7 catches for 123yds and 2TDs including a nice 76yd catch, while 2nd year WR Jarrett Boykin added 5 catches for 89yds. PR/CB Micah Hyde had a 93yd punt return for TD on the day.  The Packers D gave up some big plays on the day, but still pull-off the win behind 3sacks led by DE Mike Daniels with 3 tackles and 2 sacks on the game. On the other side, Vikings QB Christian Ponder had only 145yds passing, 38yds rushing and a rushing TD; this is a horrible stat line for any starting QB. Star RB Adrian Peterson had 13 carries for 60yds, including a nice 8yd TD running over SS Morgan Burnett, and 23yds receiving. Backup RB Toby Gerhart added 1 carries for 13yds and a TD on the game and 15yds receiving. TE Kyle Rudolph led the team in receiving with 4 catches for 51yds and rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson led receivers with 2 catches for 26yds. Patterson led the Vikings to a TD on the opening kickoff with a 109yd kick return on the day. The Vikings D struggled on the day against both the pass and the run with only 2 sacks on the day. The Packers improve to 5-2 with a much needed win over a divisional rival, but the defense needs to play much better. The Vikings fall to 1-6 as the offense struggled to move the ball and the secondary problems continue.

Seahawks 14 vs. Rams 9

In a game that many people expected to be a blowout, both defenses played well keeping it close, but QB Russell Wilson out played backup, now starting QB Kellen Clemens for the Rams. Wilson was 10/18 with 139yds and 2TDs on the day, also adding 16yds on the ground. RB Marshawn Lynch struggled with only 8 carries for 23yds on the day. WR Golden Tate led the receiving attack with 5 catches for 93yds and 2TDs including a nice 80yd TD which was the play of the game; no one else had over 16yds. The Seahawks D played well with 3sack, 2INTs, and a forced fumble on the game including a few clutch goal line stops, but they struggled against the run. The defense was led by OLB Bruce Irvin who had 8 tackles, a sack, an INT, and a forced fumble on the game showing how to defensively fill up a stats sheet. For the Rams, Clemens struggled with only 158yds, a fumble (recovered), and 2INTs on the day while showing poor accuracy until late in the game. Rookie RB Zac Stacy had a great game with 26 carries for 134yds as the new workhorse back and back Daryl Richardson added 8 carries for 39yds, but couldn’t get into the end zone late in the game to take the lead. WR Chris Givens led the receiving attack with 4 catches for 59yds and a 16yd run. Kicker Greg Zuerlein went 3 for 4 on the day, but missed a 50yd kick that would have put them down only 2 points and they might have won if they only needed 3points on the last drive to win. The Rams D played well with 7 sacks led by DEs Robert Quinn (5tackles, 3sacks) and Chris Long (4tackles, 3sacks) who absolutely dominated the Seahawks O-line. The Seahawks improve to 7-1 on the year with a good divisional win behind their tough defense, but the offense definitely needs to play going forward. The Rams fall to 3-5 as the offense struggled behinds Clemens as expected, but this team is tough defensively and have found a new workhorse back so some wins could be on the horizon.

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