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Rams Blow Out Seahawks 42-7: Seven Stats to Know

Posted Dec 18, 2017

Check out seven key stats from the Rams 42-7 blowout win over the Seahawks.

Los Angeles took control of the NFC West with a dominant performance over the Seahawks on Sunday. The Rams were impressive in all three phases — scoring three rushing touchdowns, registering seven sacks, and recording three punt returns of at least 25 yards — as they took home their 10th win of the season.

Check below for seven key stats from Sunday’s 42-7 victory in Seattle:

1. GURLEY CONTINUES DOMINANCE

Running back Todd Gurley rushed 21 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 28 yards and one touchdown, marking his 11th game this season with over 100 yards from scrimmage.

With his incredible performance, Gurley became the first running back in the league since Darren McFadden (2010) to record three or more rushing touchdowns and at least one receiving touchdown in a single game. The Georgia product is also the first player to post four touchdowns in a game this season. Plus, he is the first player in Rams history to rush for at least two touchdowns at CenturyLink Field.

2. SUCCESS ON THE ROAD

The Rams came out hot on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, scoring 34 unanswered points in the first half. The 34-point margin marked the largest halftime road lead in franchise history. The team’s 42 points overall also marked the most ever scored on the road in Seattle.

Additionally, the Rams moved to 4-1 against NFC West opponents and 6-1 on the road. 6-1 is the club’s best road record since 2001 when they finished the year undefeated away from home.

3. MCVAY MAKES HISTORY

Head coach Sean McVay, 31, became the youngest head coach to win 10 regular season games since Milan Creigton, 29, with the Chicago Cardinals in 1937. In his first year as the Rams head coach, McVay has led the Rams to a 10-4 record. The last time the franchise had 10 wins in a single season was in 2003, when the team finished 12-4.

4. ROOKIE REPORT

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp (804 yards) passed Torry Holt (788 in 1999) for second on the Rams all-time rookie receiving list. Eddie Kennison currently holds the record with 924 receiving yards during his rookie campaign in 1996. Kupp will need to average 60.5 yards in Los Angeles’ last two regular season games in order to set the new franchise record.

5. RAMS NOTCH 7th OPENING DRIVE TURNOVER

On Sunday, the Rams defense caused its seventh turnover of the year on the opening drive.

On 3rd-and-5 from the Seattle 21, quarterback Russell Wilson completed a pass to wide receiver Tanner McEvoy. But as the wideout attempted to get some extra yards after the catch, safety Lamarcus Joyner hit McEvoy and forced him to fumble. Middle Linebacker Alec Ogletree recovered the football, giving L.A. possession at the Seahawks’ 40-yard line.

With kicker Greg Zuerlein’s 36-yard field goal on the following drive, the Rams had scored 107 points off of turnovers this season. They’d add another touchdown off a takeaway later in the first half.

6. SACK PACK

The Rams sacked Wilson seven times on Sunday. This is most that Wilson has been sacked in a single game throughout his six-year career. L.A. is the only team to accomplish that feat as it also notched seven sacks in 2013 as well.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald led the team in this regard, getting to the quarterback three times — marking a new single game career-high. Outside linebacker Robert Quinn added two sacks on Sunday, bringing his career total to 62.5 sacks. He is now tied with defensive end Kevin Carter for third most in franchise history.

7. ZUERLEIN SETS FRANCHISE RECORD

Zuerlein scored 10 points against the Seahawks with two completed field goals and four extra points. In total, he has scored 81 points on the road this season to break the franchise record set by running back Marshall Faulk (78 points) in 2000. Zuerlein (20) has also tied Jeff Wilkins for the most field goals ever made on the road in a single season.