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St. Louis at Seattle

Rams suffer third straight beating as Seahawks claim first victory

CBSSports.com wire reports

SEATTLE -- All the ailing, winless Seattle Seahawks needed was everyone's cure-all, a visit from the St. Louis Rams.

Julius Jones ran for 140 yards on 22 carries and T.J. Duckett had his first two-touchdown rushing day in four years as the Seahawks sidestepped six injuries at wide receiver and rolled over the malfunctioning Rams 37-13 on Sunday.

Despite a calamitous September, Seattle (1-2) headed into its off week with the promise of a return to health while just one game out of the NFC West lead. The Seahawks have won the last four division titles.

The Rams (0-3) lost for the 16th time and 19 games, and for the seventh consecutive time to Seattle. They have been outscored 116-29 this season.

Endangered coach Scott Linehan, 11-24 in two-plus seasons in St. Louis, had hinted at lineup changes. Maybe he should have made them. The only ones were replacements for two injured linemen.

The league's lowest-ranked offense continued to sputter with Marc Bulger often throwing wide of open receivers. He was 18-for-31 with 184 yards, his third consecutive game below 200 yards passing. He had one touchdown and one dismally underthrown ball that was intercepted by Deon Grant, though rookie Donnie Avery was free down the sidelines for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The defense, also ranked dead last, allowed 267 yards and 27 points in the first half.

Jones had his biggest rushing day since he gained 194 yards for the Cowboys on Dec. 24, 2005. He had 96 yards by halftime, as Seattle took a 21-point lead.

His touchdown came late in the first quarter. After he smacked into a pile of Rams, he cut left, where Matt Hasselbeck was waiting for Jones and comically waving his arms. The quarterback roll-blocked Oshiomogho Atogwe, who then took out Fakhir Brown, and Jones trotted the final 10 yards for a 29-yard score. Seattle led 17-0.

Hasselbeck was 12-for-20 for 172 yards, after completing just 45.5 percent of his throws through two games. He gave Seattle a 10-0 lead in the first on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bumpus, an undrafted rookie signed off the practice squad eight days earlier.

The Rams' only two trips across midfield in the game's first 34 minutes came because of Seattle mistakes. Bumpus lost a muffed punt he flailed at as it soared over his head. St. Louis lost two yards on its subsequent scoring "drive," which new Rams kicker Josh Brown ended with a 43-yard field goal amid a roar of boos for deserting Seattle in free agency last spring.

In the second quarter, Seattle's Marcus Trufant lowered his shoulder into Avery's back at the end of a 5-yard catch for a first down. The 15-yard personal foul set up St. Louis' first offensive play inside the 20 this season. Jackson ran for 1 yard and 3 yards in the foreign red zone before Brown kicked 28-yard field goal through more boos.

St. Louis' six plays inside the 20 netted minus-2 yards, with a penalty for offensive pass interference on Anthony Becht that ruined a first-and-goal on the opening drive of the second half. Pushed back to familiar turf outside the 20, Bulger found Dane Looker for a 21-yard catch and run to cut Seattle's lead to 27-13.

But Seattle pulled away with a 15-play, 86-yard drive. The last of 12 runs was by Duckett for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 34-13 with 8:44 left.


  • Rams defensive end Leonard Little was out with a hamstring injury. Rookie Chris Long moved to left end, and James Hall started at right end. Starting offensive guard Jacob Bell (hamstring) was also out, giving Adam Goldberg the start.
  • Koren Robinson's return for Seattle will have to wait at least two more weeks. The former No. 1 draft choice signed out of his house in North Carolina on Tuesday was inactive with a knee injury sustained in practice Wednesday.
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Julius Jones puts up his second straight 100-yard game, gaining 140 on 22 carries for the Seahawks.
Julius Jones puts up his second straight 100-yard game, gaining 140 on 22 carries for the Seahawks. (AP)


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STL - Pass: M. Bulger (18-31, 184), Rush: S. Jackson (23-66)
SEA - Pass: M. Hasselbeck (12-20, 172), Rush: J. Jones (22-140)
Scoring Summary
FGOlindo Mare 28 Yd, 11:19. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards in 3:41.
TDMichael Bumpus, 10 Yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare kick is good), 6:44. Drive: 6 plays, 24 yards in 3:11.
TDJulius Jones, 29 Yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good), 1:16. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards in 4:19.
FGJosh Brown 43 Yd, 13:26. Drive: 4 plays, -2 yards in 1:18.
TDT.J. Duckett, 4 Yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good), 8:39. Drive: 11 plays, 83 yards in 4:47.
FGJosh Brown 29 Yd, 2:52. Drive: 12 plays, 60 yards in 5:47.
FGOlindo Mare 38 Yd, 0:03. Drive: 4 plays, 54 yards in 1:01.
TDDane Looker, 21 Yd pass from Marc Bulger (Josh Brown kick is good), 9:07. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:53.
TDT.J. Duckett, 1 Yd run (Olindo Mare kick is good), 8:39. Drive: 15 plays, 86 yards in 8:59.
FGOlindo Mare 38 Yd, 4:46. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards in 2:25.
Players of the Game

J. Jones
Rush 22
Yds 140
Avg 6.4
TD 1

M. Bulger
Att 31
Comp 18
Yds 184
TD 1
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M. Bulger18/3118411
S. Jackson236608
T. Minor1-10-1
S. Jackson562050
T. Holt437022
D. Avery324010
D. Looker121121
T. Minor220012
R. McMichael21208
D. Hall1808
M. Hasselbeck12/2017210
J. Jones22140132
T. Duckett1979229
M. Hasselbeck219015
L. Weaver2504
O. Schmitt1202
B. McMullen476034
J. Carlson238022
M. Bumpus229119
C. Taylor111011
K. Colbert1808
W. Heller1606
J. Jones1404
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