JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams attempts a pass during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Rams Vs. Seahawks: St. Louis Falls In Seattle On Monday Night Football

The Rams were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks 30-13 under ESPN's bright lights.

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Rams Vs. Seahawks Score Update: Steven Jackson's 50-Yard Reception Can't Stop Rams Ineptitude, Trail 13-6

The St. Louis Rams' offensive woes just get more and more oppressive: Their best play of the night, Sam Bradford's pass to an open-in-space Steven Jackson for 50 yards, got them all the way to the one yard line after the Seattle Seahawks were called for pass interference against Brandon Lloyd in the end zone. Coming next, if you couldn't guess: Steven Jackson took a direct snap, for no gain; Sam Bradford made an awful mental mistake and got called for intentional grounding; Sam Bradford has no open receivers in the end zone and throws the ball into the stands.

Three plays, negative-10 yards, a Josh Brown 29-yard field goal. and the Rams trail 13-6, which is the Ramsiest score there is. Bradford, even after that 50-yard completion, is 6-for-18 with 109 yards and an interception. Jackson has been neutralized in the second half; he's got 15 carries for 56. The Seahawks haven't been much better; Tarvaris Jackson is 14-for-25 for 119 yards, while Marshawn Lynch has 16 carries for 67 yards. 

That's what futility looks like: Surprising success, and then more brutal failure than you could reasonably imagine. 

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Marshawn Lynch Does Beast Mode Thing Again On Monday Night Football (Video)

The St. Louis Rams actually did a fine job of stopping Marshawn Lynch in the first half of their deeply unpleasant Monday Night Football game with the Seattle Seahawks, but by the second half Lynch had successfully done his whole Beast Mode thing for what remained of ESPN’s national audience with another painful-looking pinball run. Here’s the video:

At least the people brave enough to watch this game—currently 13-3 Seahawks, with neither offense doing much of anything—have finally gotten the one good thing either team is known for doing on Monday Night. Hopefully none of their rowdy friends had already left.

Lynch has 16 carries for 67 yards as the Rams and Seahawks near the end of the third quarter. Steven Jackson had 13 carries for 59 yards, and both quarterbacks would just as soon you not talk about this whole thing—Sam Bradford is 5-for-14 with 59 yards and an interception, while Tarvaris Jackson is 14-for-23 with 119 yards. The only touchdown thus far comes from the Special Teams—the Seahawks blocked a Donnie Jones punt in the first quarter and ran it back for a touchdown.

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Rams Vs. Seahawks Halftime: St. Louis Avoids Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode, Still Trails 10-3

The St. Louis Rams trail 10-3 at halftime in their Monday Night Football contest against the Seattle Seahawks, but their disappointing defense at least has this going for it: Marshawn Lynch has not yet entered Beast Mode. Lynch has just nine carries for 28 yards and a fumble, which Brady Poppinga of the Rams recovered. He's also 0-for-1 as a passer, though I'm not sure if that's supposed to come in the Beast Mode package. 

Meanwhile, Steven Jackson has 11 carries for 50 yards, one of his better halves of the season. It hasn't mattered, though, because of the Rams' own offensive ineptitude—the Seahawks' touchdown came not on Marshawn Lynch putting the team on his back doe so much as the Rams performing terribly on offense and getting their punt blocked for a touchdown. 

In the Rams' defense, the Seahawks' performance on offense has been nearly as mistake-filled and self-destructive. We're one blocked punt away from an equally frustrating and unwatchable performance on both sides of the ball. 

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St. Louis Rams Rely Heavily On Steven Jackson, Brandon Lloyd In First Half Scoring Drive

The St. Louis Rams’ much-maligned offense has had just two players find even intermittent success in 2011, and both of them were crucial in their first successful scoring drive of the night, cutting the Seattle Seahawks’ lead to 10-3. Steven Jackson has nine rushes for 47 yards midway through the second quarter, while Brandon Lloyd got open for two receptions for 28 yards as Sam Bradford seemed to briefly find a rhythm.

Jackson, in particular, was impressive, as was the Rams’ wide-ranging play calling for their feature back; for the first time since Cadillac Williams’s legs failed him again, Jackson’s getting a lot of looks to the outside.

Both Jackson and Lloyd have played well even at the Rams’ quarterbacking nadir; if Bradford can get it together long enough to put together, say, his best game of the season, the Rams could look truly impressive for once in the increasingly brief-looking Josh McDaniels era. (Already Lance Kendricks, the disappearing sleeper pick of the Rams’ preseason, has made himself visible, catching one ball for 26 yards.)

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Rams Vs. Seahawks Score Update: Tarvaris Jackson Looks Great Against St. Louis, Predictably

The Seattle Seahawks have wondered all year about their decision to replace Matt Hasselbeck with Tarvaris Jackson, but never fear: The St. Louis Rams have made Jackson look great in the early going. With two minutes to go in the first quarter, Jackson is 6-for-10 with 58 yards through the air, leading the Seahawks to a field goal to go along with their special teams touchdown off a blocked Donnie Jones punt. 

The Rams' impressive pass rushing—all thanks to Chris Long and rookie Robert Quinn—has been given back by their supremely awful secondary. Quinn's harassment of Jackson at the close of the first kept the Seahawks from scoring a second touchdown, but it was too late to stop the bleeding entirely—Jackson's already found six different receivers with his six passes. 

In the meantime, Sam Bradford has looked inconsistent and inaccurate in his first game back. A nice 26 yard reception for Lance Kendricks—a short pass to the tight end in the open field, following an excellent fake to Steven Jackson—is all he has to show for the first quarter. And ESPN wept. 

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Rams Vs. Seahawks Score: Seattle Blocks Punt, Scores In Monday Night Football Opener

The St. Louis Rams' offensive woes continued in the first quarter of their aborted Monday Night Football contest against the Seattle Seahawks, when Michael Robinson recovered a blocked Donnie Jones punt and ran it into the end zone to give the Seahawks an early 7-0 lead, following an embarrassingly conservative third-and-nine draw play to Jerious Norwood. It was just more of the usual ugliness from a Rams offense that has never once seemed in synch, even with Sam Bradford back in the lineup; after a nice fake from Bradford led to a big play for Lance Kendricks, the offense was unable to get over the 50, let alone score. 

The Seahawks' 7-0 lead looks insurmountable already, but that's just the sadness talking—the Rams are bad, but the Seahawks aren't exactly great. And that's all that can be said about this week's Monday Night Football, much to the chagrin of all your rowdy friends and ESPN's programming directors. More Sam Bradford watching to follow here on SB Nation St. Louis. 

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