The Los Angeles Rams come back from a short road trip where they ended up 1-1, but nothing feels better than being home. Philadelphia yielded positive results and Buffalo showed that the Los Angeles Rams are built for the long haul. Their opponent Sunday afternoon was the struggling New York Giants.
Experts would tell you that this should have been a cakewalk for coach Sean McVay. Let’s break down what happened.
Slow and steady
Wow, this game was pretty slow and really didn’t get resolved until the fourth quarter.
Jared Goff had hit Cooper Kupp with a 55 yard touchdown in the fourth but before that Gerald Everett was the only other score on a run-play. Now, the Rams where expected to run away with this victory, but the struggles were apparent. The Rams got lucky because no skill players really stood out. Malcolm Brown was the teams leading rusher with 37 yards but that was it.
The aforementioned Cooper Kupp had the team high in receiving yards with 69 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy owners enjoyed the 55 yard touchdown because before that Kupp had under two points points then jumped to 12 points in standard.
Overall, Sean McVay wanted to get the offense going but realized that was not going to happen. Credit goes to the Giants , they may have lost but they performed admirably on defense to hold the potent Rams offense that hung 375 yards and 32 points on the Bills a week ago. The previously leaky Giants D held Goff and the Rams to 240 yards in total offense and 17 points. The Rams didn’t have to win on offense. They just had to compete on the other side of the ball.
Total defensive effort
The defense really carried the Rams to the win today. Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley should be proud of his unit today . For the first time this year the defense had fantasy relevance scoring 12 points in standard leagues and was the second highest scoring defense in fantasy on the day. The defensive line produced on the highest level today having five sacks and eight tackles for loss. Not to be outdone the secondary also contributed to the win.
Darious Williams came up clutch with a late interception, as he did earlier in the year. Unfortunately, the most memorable event on the defense wasn’t that play, but an extra curricular activity that would happen later.
Cornerstone cornerback Jalen Ramsey ended up fighting Giants wide receiver Golden Tate after the game. Supposedly there was some bad blood between the two and Ramsey had even waited outside the Giants locker room but nothing came of it. Ramsey has made his presence known this year and has brought an edge to this Rams defense.
As stated earlier, this week’s game went really slow and didn’t show much new about the Rams. What it did show was McVay’s availability to adapt. He saw that the offense was struggling but kept chipping away until the Kupp touchdown. The Williams interception saved the Rams for another week.
Coming up next, the Rams travel across the country to play the Washington Football Team, who are just coming off a big loss from the Baltimore Ravens.
The Rams have little time to enjoy LA before they hit the road again. Hopefully they can keep the multifaceted attack rolling.