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NFL Week 5 PFF ReFocused: Seattle Seahawks 30, Los Angeles Rams 29

Russell Wilson was magical in the Seattle Seahawks‘ 30-29 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football to kick off Week 5 in the NFL.

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Final Score

Seattle Seahawks 30, Los Angeles Rams 29

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson had some big throws on the night. He hit D.K. Metcalf on a deep post off of play action for a touchdown with a lack of safety help in the middle of the field. Wilson threw a touchdown pass to the back corner of the end zone with perfect placement to Tyler Lockett. He also connected with Will Dissly on a big-time throw on a comeback route which gained 25 yards and put the Seahawks in field goal position.

David Moore caught a wide receiver screen and with a jump cut made Marcus Peters miss his tackle attempt and ran into the end zone. Chris Carson caught a bobbling touchdown after Aqib Talib vacated coverage to attack the scrambling Wilson.

Seattle's defense had Goff under pressure for most of the night, often winning with well-designed stunts that capitalized on Seattle's defensive line's athleticism.

The secondary was shaky, as they struggled to limit Cooper Kupp after the catch and were hurt by a few dimes dropped by Goff downfield.

Rookie Takeaways

DK Metcalf hauled in a 40-yard touchdown and another four-yard catch in the team's win Thursday night. His third target was a missed contested-catch opportunity that fell incomplete.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff was mostly on target outside of a few dangerous throws. Despite being under pressure for a good part of the night, he still managed to deliver some darts and did a good job moving the Rams' offense down the field and would have had a game-winning drive if not for a missed field goal by Greg Zuerlein.

Todd Gurley finally got on track in the first half with a number of agile runs where he made tacklers miss and rumbled his way to a number of first downs and a couple of touchdowns before being shut down in the second half when the Rams decided to go pass-heavy.

Aaron Donald didn't log a sack on the night, but he was still a factor as a pass-rusher and against the run. Donald pressured Wilson repeatedly when he rushed the passer. In the first quarter, the Seahawks ran a trap play hoping to catch  Donald out of position to make a stop, but he beat the trap block with quickness and made a tackle for loss.

Clay Matthews sacked Wilson on a stunt in the third quarter. Marcus Peters broke up the crossing route that Wilson was trying to complete to Metcalf four a fourth-quarter two-point conversion.

Rookie Takeaways

Undrafted free agent linebacker Troy Reeder really struggled in this one. He was a liability in coverage and failed to add much above expectation in run defense across more than 50 defensive snaps.

Cris Collinsworth

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