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Los Angeles Rams week five recap: District of Columbia edition

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As the focal point of America’s future come November, the Los Angeles Rams travel to the nations capital for their next game against the Washington Football Team. Both teams came into the matchup going in opposite directions. The Rams have started off the year hot going 3-1 after beating the Giants last week while the Washington Football Team has started 1-3 and recently benched starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Well, the game went as expected – as the Rams took the lead early and never looked back. Fans across the league got a treat as Alex Smith played his first game since he experienced a life threatening leg injury 693 days ago. Let’s try a new format to tell the story of this 30-10 win on Sunday.

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Player of the Game: Aaron Donald

The Los Angeles Rams had a few players that could’ve got the nod. On offense Darrell Henderson had 68 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Second year line backer Troy Reeder had a great game with three sacks.

But one man stood above all of them in this easy Rams victory and that was none other than Aaron Donald himself. Donald is widely known as the best player in the league and today he showed why. According to Footballoutsider.com Washington ranks 23rd in pass protection and 29th in run-blocking. Along with this they started a new quarterback and had the aforementioned Alex Smith line up at quarterback.

All this meant there was blood in the water and Donald sensed it. Throughout the day Donald was causing havoc in the WFT backfield, to the tune of four sacks on the day. His re-introduction to the NFL for Alex Smith was a heart stopping moment, but the veteran managed to carry the weight of the all world lineman on the sack!

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Fantasy stud: Jared Goff

From the quarterback on defense to the quarterback on offense. Jared Goff had a great day carving up the Washington defense. Goff finished the day with 309 yards through the air and three total touchdowns, which included one rushing touchdown that led to one of the greatest football spikes in NFL history – or not.

Goff has been a pleasant surprise in the fantasy community . Today, fantasy managers were rewarded with 24 points in standard leagues. Overall this season Goff has been averaging 18 points a game in fantasy and is a top-15 quarterback. Not bad for a guy who went mostly late to undrafted in the majority of leagues.

He’s also elevated the play of wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods with each averaging 10 points a game. Next week, Goff should have a chance at another good game as the injury riddled 49ers take aim at LA.

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Play of the game

First off , it can’t be stressed enough how important Alex Smith coming back to play football is. This man almost lost his legs two years ago and is somehow back on an NFL field. The runner up for the day is definitely Alex Smith checking in for the first time since the incident as his family watches; but not for his understandably shaky performance.

The Rams were down 7-6 after a Kyle Allen rushing touchdown. Jared Goff fakes the handoff to Darrell Henderson and launches the ball for 56 yards to a streaking Robert Woods for the touchdown. After that touchdown the Rams didn’t look back and won big. This pivotal play was the start of it all.

The Los Angeles Rams after that win see themselves in 2nd place in the NFC West after the Seahawks come back and win against the Vikings late Sunday night. With the 49ers coming off a super bowl run, Seahawks acquiring Jamal Adams, and the Cardinals acquiring DeAndre Hopkins, the general consensus was that the Rams were the least talented team in the division. Sean McVay and company are proving a lot of people wrong. Next week the Rams will face the 49ers in a Sunday night NFC duel.

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