Eric Dickerson ran for three touchdowns in his season debut tonight, leading the Los Angeles Rams to a 35-24 victory over Seattle for the Seahawks' first loss.
Dickerson, the two-time NFL rushing champion back for his third pro season after a 47-day contract holdout, scored on runs of 1, 2 and 15 yards while gaining 150 yards on 31 carries to help the Rams improve to 3-0. The Seahawks are 2-1.
Los Angeles and the Chicago Bears are the only undefeated teams in the league.
The Rams scored two touchdowns -- on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Dieter Brock to Bobby Duckworth and Dickerson's two-yard run -- in the first 2:03 of the second half after a 7-7 halftime tie.
The Rams took the second-half kickoff and moved 80 yards in five plays, with Brock finding Duckworth in the left corner of the end zone with 1:46 elapsed.
Seattle's Randall Morris fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Rams' Mark Jerue recovered on the Seattle two. Dickerson scored on the next play for a 21-7 lead.
The Seahawks closed to 21-17 on a 26-yard field goal by Norm Johnson and a three-yard scoring pass from Dave Krieg to rookie Danny Greene. But the Rams went 80 yards in six plays to put the game out of reach. Dickerson opened the drive with a 43-yard run and finished it with a 15-yard run with 3:33 left.
The Rams' final touchdown came on the fifth Seattle turnover on Johnnie Johnson's 27-yard return of an intercepted Krieg pass with 1:45 to go.
The Rams pressured Krieg throughout and sacked him seven times for 61 yards.
Reserve quarterback Gale Gilbert threw 37 yards to Daryl Turner for the final Seattle touchdown with 28 seconds left.