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NFL Week 10 PFF ReFocused: Los Angeles Rams 23, Seattle Seahawks 16

Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Justin Lawler (53) celebrates after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. The Los Angeles Rams won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The reeling Seattle Seahawks found themselves on the losing end for the third time in four games after falling to the Los Angeles Rams, 23-16, in Week 10. After cooking in the first half of the season, Russell Wilson might need more culinary lessons after some subpar play during this recent stretch. 

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Story of the game

Wilson has not been the same player we saw in the first half of the season. The MVP candidate has tossed multiple interceptions in three of his past four games — with all three resulting in Seattle losses. Wilson came into this game as the highest-graded quarterback on throws 20-plus-yards downfield (99.7), but he failed to log even a single completion out of his six attempts against the Rams. 

Wilson's lack of success can be attributed to sensational play from Jalen Ramsey and the Rams' secondary. Ramsey logged 44 coverage snaps, was targeted only twice and allowed just one 5-yard completion. The All-Pro corner has led a unit in 2020 that has allowed the fewest 15-plus-yard receptions on the season (36). 

The duo of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf was held in check, much like the rest of the Seattle offense. Lockett and Metcalf combined for seven receptions and 94 yards — the fewest by the tandem this season. 

Los Angeles was able to take advantage of a horrid Seattle defense that entered the day on pace to give up the most passing yards in NFL history. Jared Goff threw for 302 yards, with 131 of those yards coming on play action.

Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Watch

Cam Akers, a second-round pick out of Florida State, racked up a team-high 38 yards. Akers’ production has been inconsistent of late, but 10 carries was his second-highest total of the season. DeeJay Dallas, another rookie running back, has been an active participant with the absence of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde, but he saw only four touches for 31 yards. 

Freddie Swain led all rookie receivers with four targets and three receptions — he was also Seattle’s second-leading receiver. Van Jefferson added one 15-yard reception for Los Angeles. 

Damien Lewis is coming off a career game in Week 9, ranking as the highest-graded guard last week (92.2). Against the Rams’ pass rush and Aaron Donald, Lewis allowed four pressures on the day. 

Ramsey was not the only Rams defensive back to put up an impressive performance. Jordan Fuller was targeted three times on 46 coverage snaps and allowed just one reception. Terrell Lewis also made an impact, bringing down Russell Wilson once. 

For the Seahawks, linebacker Jordyn Brooks broke up a pass from Goff and added five tackles, while Alton Robinson made two tackles on 27 snaps. 

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