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NFC West Week 9 Roundup: Seahawks overcome 21-point deficit, Rams fall short

Photo Credit: Robert Beck/SI

In Week 9 of the NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers both did not play as each team was on their bye week. There was no lack of drama in the NFC West with the other teams in the division, however. The Seattle Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit to the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that the Seahawks needed overtime to win, 27-24. The St. Louis Rams in their matchup against the Tennessee Titans lost 28-21 lost in a tight game.

Here is a glimpse at one aspect from what each NFC West team did in Week 9:

Russell Wilson

In Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers it featured the good, the bad and the ugly from Wilson as he helped contribute the team’s disastrous start by throwing an interception on the Seahawks first drive of the game, which snowballed into a 21-0 deficit with just over two minutes left in the first half. Wilson was able to lead Seattle on a scoring drive before the end of half by tossing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to narrow the margin to 14 points.

In the second half he led the three scoring drives that resulted in 17 points that included a 10-yard touchdown rush by Wilson, a 36-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin that tied the game with just under two minutes left in regulation.

In overtime, Wilson once again led his team down field for another scoring by putting the Seahawks in field goal range allowing Hauschka to make a chip shot 27-yard field goal to win the game. What Wilson and his teammates displayed on Sunday was the ability to adjust and overcome a big deficit with outstanding play on both sides of the ball. Seattle is a Super Bowl contending team and being able to comeback from anytime type of deficit will be a huge factor later on in the season and in the playoffs.

Zac Stacy

Stacy was once again the only bright spot on the Rams’ offense as for the second consecutive game he rushed for over 100 yards and unlike last week got into the end zone for two scores on the ground to go along with six receptions and 51 receiving yards. Stacy helped keep his team in the game with his first touchdown coming on a 3-yard rush in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7 — the latter occurring on a 9-yard run that gave the Rams a 14-7 lead.

The rookie sixth round pick out of Vanderbilt in the past two weeks has been arguably one of the most productive running backs, and from the looks of it his high level of play does not appear to be lighting in a bottle but rather start of something great for the 22-year-old.

Stacy is a tough and versatile running back who is effective in the rushing game and is also viable option in the team’s passing attack. So heading forward into the season look for performances like the last two weeks, where in each game he will receive near or above twenty carries, rush for near or above 100 yards and get into the end zone as the Rams do not have much of a passing attack with Sam Bradford out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL and backup Kellen Clemens struggling to produce.

Photo Credit: Robert Beck/SI

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.

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