Heaps: How Seahawks’ DK Metcalf got the better of All-Pro Jalen Ramsey

Oct 14, 2021, 12:31 AM

When the Seahawks faced off with the Rams in Week 5, a lot of eyes were glued to the matchup of star Seattle receiver DK Metcalf against shutdown Los Angeles cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

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Since the two began facing off in 2019, the more veteran Ramsey for the most part has gotten the better of Metcalf. That wasn’t the case last Thursday, though, as Metcalf finished the day with a five-catch, 98-yard performance. Most importantly, though, Metcalf found the end zone twice in Seattle’s 26-17 loss.

During his latest Chalk Talk video breakdown, former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps went in-depth on how Metcalf was able to have a two-touchdown day against Ramsey and the Rams.

The Seahawks were in the red zone on the first touchdown, and while the Rams appeared to be playing Cover-4, they instead played Cover-3 week. Heaps breaks down how Metcalf was able to secure the pass from Russell Wilson on a skinny post route, beating both Ramsey and safety Taylor Rapp.

Metcalf’s second score of the day came with Geno Smith under center after Wilson was knocked out with a finger injury. Rather than facing off with Ramsey yet again, the Rams opted to use rookie corner Robert Rochell on the 2020 second-team All-Pro. Heaps breaks down how Metcalf exploited that matchup, giving Smith the opportunity to connect with Metcalf for a 23-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Check out the full in-depth breakdowns of both plays at this link or in the video at the top of this story.

For more Seahawks video breakdowns from the 2021 season, click any of the links below.

Seahawks Football 101 and Chalk Talk

Wyman: Week 5 – Solving Seahawks’ problems defending screen plays
• Wyman: Week 5 – Where the struggling defense can make a fix
• Heaps: Week 4 – How the offense gets DK Metcalf the mismatch it wants
• Wyman: Week 3 – What the run defense is struggling against
Heaps: Week 2 – Why Tyler Lockett keeps getting better
• Wyman: Week 2 – How Hawks adjusted midgame to Titans’ passing attack
• Heaps: Week 1 – Russell Wilson’s TDs to three different receivers
• Wyman: Week 1 – Why Lockett’s 69-yard TD catch was so impressive

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