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Seahawks’ near-comeback results in another close loss to Rams

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Seattle Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown stood outside the visitors locker room lamenting another close loss in a season that is threatening to become defined by them.

“It sucks, man,” the veteran said. “It hurts.”

Minutes earlier and a few feet away, a fired-up Pete Carroll stepped up to a podium and began his news conference by stating that he loved what he had just seen from his team.

“That kind of fight, that kind of battling, will take you a long ways,” the coach said.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

This was the wide range of emotions from the Seahawks after their 36-31 loss to the Rams on Sunday, and you can understand why. It drops them to 4-5 and makes their road to a potential playoff spot that much tougher, especially with two more difficult matchups before their schedule eases up. It also provides more evidence that the gap between Seattle and the top of the NFL‘s pecking order isn’t as big as it seemed.4

The Seahawks were right there Sunday, just like they were the last time they played the Rams — a two-point defeat in October — and just like they always seem to be. At one point this week, they were listed as 10-point underdogs, the most their opponent has been favored by since 2011. That was Carroll’s second season and the year before Russell Wilson arrived.

Yet they led 7-0 after scoring another opening-drive touchdown, 14-7 after finding the end zone on their second possession and 21-20 in the third quarter following Wilson’s second of three TD passes. They had a chance to win when they took over with 84 seconds left and down five. Wilson led a final drive that reached the Rams’ 35 before it ended with a fourth-down pass that sailed over Tyler Lockett’s head.

The Seahawks kept it that close with the help of a whopping 273 yards rushing yards, their first time over 200 since Week 13 of the 2016 season. That came despite not having top tailback Chris Carson or right guard D.J. Fluker, two of the biggest reasons why Seattle’s running game had gotten on a roll. It stayed on that roll Sunday, with first-round draft pick Rashaad Penny (102 yards, touchdown) and Mike Davis (58 yards) picking up the slack. Wilson went for 92 yards, running more often and more effectively than he has all season.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“That’s just a statement about the guys running the football up front,” Carroll said. “It doesn’t matter who’s up there, who’s running it.”

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