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Seahawks 31 Rams 33

The Seattle Seahawks lost a hard-fought battle against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams, falling 33-31 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle’s offense was a well-oiled machine, with both Chris Carson and Mike Davis having outstanding games. Carson ran 19 times for 116 yards, while Davis chipped in 12 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. Brian Schottenheimer’s offense was a near-perfect blend of run plays, passing plays and a few play-action passes, which frequently resulted in big gains.

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A few of those big plays went to David Moore, who had the first two touchdown receptions of his NFL career. He has taken over as Seattle’s No. 3 receiver, with Brandon Marshall seeing very limited action.

Seattle’s defense had an up-and-down performance, with a couple of highlight-reel plays but also a discouraging tendency to immediately allow the Rams to answer after each of Seattle’s touchdowns. On all four of Seattle’s touchdowns, the Rams scored on the ensuing possession.

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Frank Clark had a dominant first quarter, with a strip-sack on the first drive of the game and a tipped interception that he returned 26 yards out of the end zone. Tedric Thompson recorded his first career interception as well, and he finished third on the team with seven combined tackles.

The Seahawks had every chance to win this one after a 44-yard strike from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett gave the Seahawks first-and-10 on the 32-yard line. The Seahawks were down two and within field goal range with just 5:19 to go.

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However, a false start by Germain Ifedi and a holding penalty on D.J. Fluker created a second-and-23 from the 45, and the Seahawks were eventually forced to punt. That gave the Rams the ball with the lead and only 3:38 left on the clock, and they were able to get two first downs and kneel out the clock.

Seattle will look to get back to .500 next Sunday when they face the Oakland Raiders in London. Game time is slated for 10 a.m. PT.

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