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W2W4 revisited: St. Louis Rams

SEATTLE -- Looking back at three things to watch in the St. Louis Rams' 20-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday:

1. Getting after Wilson: Once again, the Rams mostly made life difficult for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, especially in the first half. They sacked Wilson three times, giving them 13 sacks against him in three games played in Seattle and 25 in six meetings with the Seahawks since Wilson entered the league. The Rams also had seven quarterback hits according to the unofficial pressbox statistics. But Wilson again found enough time and created enough space to make the plays needed to get a win. He finished 17-of-25 for 239 yards with no touchdowns and an interception while running six times for 7 yards.

2. Deeper in the bag: The Rams burned the Seahawks with repeated trickery in the first meeting but had no such tricks up their sleeves the second time around. Perhaps it was because Seattle was expecting it -- the Seahawks actually used their base defense on punt return situations -- or because the Rams had emptied the playbook in the first meeting but either way Seattle didn't see much different from the Rams from the first meeting and the Seahawks walked away with the win.

3. Running in place: Aside from a couple of solid runs by back Tre Mason on a second half drive, the Rams had nowhere to run against Seattle's vaunted run defense Sunday. They finished with 42 yards on 19 carries, an average of 2.2 yards per attempt. It was the Rams' lowest per rush average since week 17 in Seattle a year ago when they managed just 0.7 yards per attempt. Since linebacker Bobby Wagner returned from injury (he didn't play in the first meetings), Seattle is allowing 3.1 yards per carry, the lowest in the league in that time. The Rams ended up with only 245 yards of total offense with much of that damage coming late in the game when the team was already trailing by multiple scores.