The Seattle Seahawks locked up the NFC West division on Thursday night with a 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle got a huge performance for second-year wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who caught seven passes for 130 yards and one of quarterback Russell Wilson’s three touchdown tosses on the night. It was Lockett’s second big game of the season against the Rams as in the Week 2 game between the teams he had four catches for 99 yards.
His touchdown came on a 57-yard pass from Wilson in which Lockett burned two Rams defenders down the right sideline to make it look easy.
“They were in Cover 2 and so I just kind of ran a vertical route,” said Lockett on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench show. “Obviously, Jermaine helped me out a lot because he ran in the middle of the safeties and the safety on my side came and tried to play off of Jermaine, which allowed me to be able to be wide open once I passed number 22. I was able to catch the ball, secure it, and get in the end zone.”
Lockett giving Kearse credit for clearing out the safeties is unsurprising. The Seahawks receivers thrive because they seem to be a tight-knit group that is willing to help each other out in the pursuit of winning games.
“Kearse is a good player. He’s a phenomenal player at that. I learned a lot from Jermaine Kearse, and Doug as well,” said Lockett. “That’s the kind of thing we talk about in the receivers room, that there’s no job too little and no job too great. So, whether it’s running a route to get the ball or running a route to get somebody else open, we’re willing to do that.
Now that the Seahawks have taken care of the NFC West crown, the next item on their checklist is to wrap up a first round bye for the playoffs. Sitting at 9-4-1 they are currently the third seed, just behind the Lions who play at the Giants this weekend. Seattle’s next game will come on Christmas Eve when they welcome the Cardinals into CenturyLink for another divisional match-up. Lockett and friends are likely looking forward to that one considering how the first game between the two teams ended in a 6-6 tie.
“We’re looking forward to playing against the Cardinals on Saturday because we know that we control our own destiny,” said Lockett. “Obviously, we’re in the playoffs, but we want to be able to put ourselves in a position to get a bye and maybe play at home the whole entire playoffs.”