Thursday’s roundup: Seahawks top Rams, win NFC West
Seattle — Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Tyler Lockett had 130 yards receiving and a score, and the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West title with a 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.
Seattle claimed its third NFC West title in four seasons, assuring itself of at least one home game in the playoffs and keeping the pressure on Detroit in the competition for the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. Seattle also snapped a three-game losing streak to the Rams.
It wasn’t an impressive display by Seattle (9-4-1), but was far better than Sunday when the Seahawks were blown out by Green Bay with Wilson throwing five interceptions.
Wilson was good enough against the listless Rams. After slogging through the first half, Wilson threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin late in the third quarter for a 17-3 lead, then put the game away on a 57-yard touchdown strike to Lockett on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Wilson finished 19 of 26 for 229 yards, but also threw a careless interception at the goal line midway through the fourth quarter. Seven of those passes went to Lockett, whose previous career high was 104 yards. Luke Willson also had an 8-yard TD catch in the first half.
Another mostly forgettable Thursday night game was made at least somewhat more entertaining by the Seahawks and their highlighter green uniforms that drew wild opinions all over social media. The “Action Green” uniforms had very little action in the first half, before a second-half effort that assured another banner would be raised at CenturyLink Field.
A tumultuous few days for the Rams (4-10) after the firing of Jeff Fisher as head coach culminated in their fifth straight loss and first under interim coach John Fassel. The Rams’ defensive front caused problems for Seattle in the first half but the Los Angeles offense provided zero help.
Jared Goff was 13 of 25 for 135 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter to be checked for a possible concussion. The Rams finished with 183 total yards, but 90 of those came in the fourth quarter.
Winston, woman settle suit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him.
Federal court records show that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and his accuser, Erica Kinsman, “reached a compromise with contingencies” Wednesday with joint motions for dismissal anticipated within 20 days.
Terms of the settlement are confidential. Blaine Kerr, one of the attorneys representing Kinsman, said “the case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.”
The trial had been scheduled to begin April 3 in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Kinsman has spoken publicly about her case, including in a documentary.
Winston had filed a countersuit against Kinsman. Donald King, who is one of the attorneys representing Winston, said that also has been settled.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says an MRI on quarterback Cam Newton’s right shoulder revealed no serious damage and he anticipates the 2015 NFL MVP will play Monday night against Washington.
... Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey has been suspended without pay for two games by the NFL for a substance violation.
He will be eligible to return to Cleveland’s roster on Dec. 25 following the team’s Dec. 24 game against San Diego.
Bailey was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Sept. 26.
... The NFL is investigating the Giants’ illegal use of a walkie-talkie to communicate with quarterback Eli Manning from the sideline in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, league sources have confirmed.
... The Patriots have claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd off waivers, one day after he was released by the Cardinals, which was two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.
Floyd had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns with Arizona this season, but had several critical drops.
... Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who underwent meniscus surgery in late September, says he is targeting a Week 16 return. But Mike Zimmer said the decision is not completely up to Peterson.
Zimmer said Peterson was able to participate in team drills in his first practice since surgery.
... The Rams put defensive end Robert Quinn (concussion protocol) and running back Benny Cunningham (neck) on injured reserve, and promoted offensive lineman David Arkin and defensive lineman Morgan Fox from the practice squad. The team was without starting cornerback E.J. Gaines (thigh) and starting safety Maurice Alexander (concussion) on Thursday night against the Seahawks.
... Packers running back James Starks is in the concussion protocol after being in a car crash Monday, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. Other than saying Starks was “OK” otherwise, McCarthy did not provide any details.
... Jets running back Matt Forte practiced on a limited basis and likely will be a game-time decision against the Dolphins on Saturday night.
Forte sat out practice Wednesday with an injured right knee, but was able to participate in some of Thursday’s session.