Seahawks blowout Rams in opener

Hasselbeck had a huge day after a shaky start

His first two passes fell incomplete and his third was intercepted in the endzone, but eventually Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck settled down and he, along with RB Julius Jones and TE John Carlson, helped lead the Seahawks to a 28-0 blowout of the St. Louis Rams in front of a raucous Qwest Field audience.

Seattle's first four possessions resulted in only 71 yards, two interceptions, a fumble and a punt, but early on it was their defense that had its way.

Thriving off the boisterous Qwest Field crowd, the defense blitzed the Rams into submission all day, allowing only 247 yards, 13 first downs and forced the visitors to go 2 of 12 on third down conversions.

Seattle got things started early, when LB Will Herring recovered a Donnie Avery fumble on the opening kickoff, giving Seattle great field position right off the bat, but Hasselbeck forced a throw to WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the endzone that was picked off by Rams CB James Butler.

However, the Rams, as was the theme most of the day, were unable to capitalize and eventually in the second quarter Seattle was able to get on track, posting two scores within the final 5:45 of the half.

The first came off of a 13-play, 73 yard drive that ended when Hasselbeck hit TE John Carlson for a one-yard touchdown pass.

Seattle's second touchdown came off of an error by the Rams. K Olindo Mare came on to attempt a 49 yard field goal, but his kick was blocked and returned for an apparent touchdown by CB Quincy Butler who scooped up the ball and returned it 51 yards, but after a review by the officials, it was determined that the Rams had 12 players on the field, resulting in a five-yard penalty, giving Seattle a first down at the St. Louis 26. Tow plays later Hasselbeck hit WR Nate Burleson on a 12-yard slant, giving the Seahawks a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Two big plays in the third quarter resulted in the final scores on the day as Hasslebeck hit Carlson for a 33-yard touchdown pass and RB Julius Jones busted loose for a 62-yard touchdown on the first play of their next possession.

Hasselbeck finished the day with a 96.9 QB rating, going 25 of 36 for 279, three touchdowns and the two interceptions.

Leading the charge on the ground was Jones who posted a game-high 117 yards on the ground. Backing up Jones were Justin Forsett (17 yards rushing) and Edgerrin James (30 yards rushing) who posted modest gains on the ground, but generally helped keep the chains moving.

Hasselbeck's favorite target on the day was Burleson who had seven receptions for 74 yards, but Carlson posted six receptions for a game-high 95 yards and the two touchdowns.

Houshmandzadeh had a big first day as a Seahawk, posting six receptions for 48 yards and four first downs.

For the Rams, QB Marc Bulger was harassed all day, getting sacked three times -- once each by LB Lofa Tatupu, DE Lawrence Jackson and DT Brandon Meban -- and it showed in his stat sheet going 17 of 36 for 191 yards.

Seahawks rookie linebacker Aaron Curry was solid in his first regular season game, posting four tackles while generally mixing it up with RB Steven Jackson who didn't take too kindly to the rookie's words following the final play of the first half.

Jackson only managed to post 67 yards on 16 carries and didn't record a reception. Avery was the leading receiver for the Rams, posting six receptions for 46 yards, but WR Laurent Robinson led the team with 87 yards on five receptions.

St. Louis rookie LB James Laurinaitis posted 14 tackles to lead the Rams' defense while LB David Vobora and S Oshiomogho Atogwe each chipped in eight.

Seattle will now prepare to travel south next Sunday to take on the San Francisco 49ers, who beat Super Bowl runner-up Arizona on the road 20-16.

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