NFL Week 1 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 30, Seattle Seahawks 13

2RT4HBF Seattle Seahawks cornerback Riq Woolen breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

The Los Angeles Rams descended upon Lumen Field and shocked the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, holding them to less than 200 yards of total offense to open the season with a road win.

Offensive spotlight: This Rams team is completely different from the one that won the Super Bowl two years ago, but several relatively unknown players stepped up to make an impact for L.A. in this game.

Running back Kyren Williams led the charge out of the backfield, scoring two rushing touchdowns. Cam Akers also added a rushing touchdown to help the Rams bury Pete Carroll's squad.

On the receiving side, rookie Puka Nacua and former second-round pick Tutu Atwell led the way with a combined 238 receiving yards (119 each).

Geno Smith and the Seahawks offense couldn’t get much going outside of a touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf early in the game. Seattle put up less than 200 yards on the day, as the Rams defense was surprisingly too much to overcome.

Defensive spotlight: Aaron Donald played just 11 games and recorded a career-low five sacks in 2022, but today he looked like the player we’re used to seeing. He tallied three total pressures for a 90.0-plus pass-rush grade on first review.

Rookie spotlight: Fifth-round rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua led the Los Angeles receiving room with Cooper Kupp on injured reserve. Nacua did his best Kupp impersonation by leading the team in targets (15), which led to 10 receptions for 119 receiving yards. Nacua may have dropped his first target but commanded a 41% target share on the day and more than made up for a couple of drops by becoming a reliable option for Stafford in the passing game.

Box Score

Passing
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Matthew Stafford 17.5 24 / 38 334 8.8 0 0 0 91.3
Seattle Seahawks
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Geno Smith 9.1 16 / 26 112 4.3 1 0 2 84.1
Rushing
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Matthew Stafford 17.5 3 11 3.7 0 9 0
Kyren Williams 17.4 15 52 3.5 2 9 0
Cam Akers 8.9 22 29 1.3 1 12 0
Seattle Seahawks
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Kenneth Walker III 10.7 12 64 5.3 0 15 0
Geno Smith 9.1 1 6 6.0 0 6 0
DeeJay Dallas 2.8 2 4 2.0 0 5 0
Zach Charbonnet 1.1 3 11 3.7 0 9 0
Receiving
Los Angeles Rams
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
Puka Nacua 24.9 15 10 119 7.9 11.9 0
Tutu Atwell 20.9 8 6 119 14.9 19.8 0
Kyren Williams 17.4 2 0 2 1.0 0.0 0
Tyler Higbee 7.9 3 3 49 16.3 16.3 0
Van Jefferson 6.4 5 4 24 4.8 6.0 0
Brycen Hopkins 3.1 2 1 21 10.5 21.0 0
Ben Skowronek 0.0 2 0 0 0.0 0.0 0
Seattle Seahawks
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
DK Metcalf 13.7 5 3 47 9.4 15.7 1
Kenneth Walker III 10.7 5 4 3 0.6 0.8 0
Jaxon Smith-Njigba 4.3 5 3 13 2.6 4.3 0
Will Dissly 3.7 2 2 17 8.5 8.5 0
Tyler Lockett 3.0 4 2 10 2.5 5.0 0
DeeJay Dallas 2.8 1 1 14 14.0 14.0 0
Colby Parkinson 1.8 2 1 8 4.0 8.0 0
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