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Instant reaction: 710 ESPN Seattle on Seahawks’ 24-3 win over Rams

Dec 15, 2016, 9:42 PM | Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 10:03 am
Doug Baldwin caught one of three touchdown passes by Russell Wilson in the Seahawks' win over Los A...
Doug Baldwin caught one of three touchdown passes by Russell Wilson in the Seahawks' win over Los Angeles. (AP)
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As we do every after every Seahawks game, we’ve enlisted the voices of 710 ESPN Seattle to share their initial reactions. Here’s what they’re saying after Seattle’s 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night that clinched the NFC West title and their fifth playoff appearance in a row.

Bob Stelton of “Bob, Groz and Tom”

It wasn’t always pretty and the Hawks got a couple of players banged up in the process, but they’re the NFC West champs! Russell Wilson looking decidedly better despite the offensive line looking decidedly worse. The defense did exactly what it should have against the league’s worst offense. They terrorized and eventually knocked out rookie QB Jared Goff. With two games left that they should win, the Hawks need to handle their business like a team that is a true threat in the postseason.

Gee Scott of “The Gee Scott Show”

Appreciate the day. If your football team has been to the playoffs five years in a row and has a Super Bowl win, you should never complain about your team.

Brady Henderson, Editor in Chief of 710Sports.com

It’s hard to draw any meaningful conclusions about the state of Seattle’s offense from this game. Russell Wilson was considerably better than he was last week, but he still made a couple decisions that ranged from questionable (his throw to Jimmy Graham in the end zone that was nearly intercepted) to downright careless (his throw into heavy coverage to Jermaine Kearse that was easily picked). The Seahawks’ 24 points were more than they scored in their losses to Tampa Bay and Green Bay combined, and it was only the fourth time in the last 10 games against the Rams that they’ve scored more than 20. But we’ve seen the Seahawks’ offense seemingly turn the corner only to come back with a clunker too many times to think their issues on that side of the ball are cured. And, as has been the case in just about every meeting with the Rams in recent seasons, Seattle’s offensive line looked overmatched. The Seahawks won this game in spite of their play up front on offense and not because of it.

Jim Moore of “Danny, Dave and Moore”

Should be an interesting day after on Friday in light of Richard Sherman complaining about the Seahawks passing from the 1-yard line in the third quarter. He even referred to the interception in the Super Bowl when he wondered why the Seahawks weren’t running from the 1 in Thursday night’s game. I don’t think it’s his place to give his opinion during the game about play-calling. His job is to play defense, not tell Darrell Bevell what plays to call. Besides, when they tried a running play, Thomas Rawls was stuffed. Good to see the photo from the hospital that was tweeted out by Jon Ryan’s wife. The Seahawks punter was smiling. I felt bad for laughing at his fake-punt-run-fumble-car-crash and am glad to see he’s all right. Loved the green uniforms – would like to see them at home again on selected Sundays, just like the wolf greys on the road.

Tom Wassell of “Bob, Groz and Tom”

The purpose of this exercise is to state what each of us learned about the Seahawks from the week’s game. I learned very little. Russell Wilson is still an excellent QB. The O-line is still shaky. Pete Carroll still makes weird (but mostly effective) decisions, and Richard Sherman is still screaming at somebody. Most importantly though, the Seahawks are still a championship-level team. Tell me which team in the NFC they can’t beat. Also, I don’t mind action green uniforms. I even own a Doug Baldwin No. 89.

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