Rams Win By 20 – Without Their A-Game

The Rams didn't look great against the Raiders on Monday – and still won by 20 points

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 11, 2018 - 9:05 am

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The Los Angeles Rams didn’t play their best game Monday and trailed the Raiders 13-10 at halftime.

Then they won 33-13, as the offense found its footing in the second half and Marcus Peters returned a Derek Carr interception 50 yards for a touchdown.

Jared Goff finished 18-of-33 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, finding Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley for touchdowns. And, while Brandin Cooks didn’t find the end zone, he led the Rams with five catches for 87 yards.

“It looked like he fit in well,” Orange County Register Rams reporter Rich Hammond said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It looked like he fit in the flow of the offense. It didn’t seem like they were forcing plays to him. Its seemed pretty natural, so that was good to see – particularly since this offense didn't play at all in the preseason. That was really their first game action at all. So for a first game, not bad. They can certainly be a lot more efficient. Jared, I think, can play a lot better than he did for much of the game. But at the end of the day, they end up with a 20-point win.”

The Rams acquired Cooks from New England this offseason. The speedy 24-year-old is playing for his third team in three seasons, but his value cannot be questioned.

“It just opens up the field for (Robert) Woods and Cooper Kupp,” Hammond said. “To have a guy like Brandin Cooks who you always have to keep an eye on coming over the top, you always have to be peeking to see where Cooks is going. That certainly opens up room for Robert Woods in the middle of the field, Cooper Kupp in the middle of the field.”

And in the run game. That duo combined for three carries for 22 yards.

“Interesting to see both fo those guys used in the run game – something we had not seen last year,” Hammond said. “Both Woods and Kupp took some handoffs, whether they were jet sweeps or little reverses. That was not a part of the Rams’ playbook last year. So a new wrinkly by Sean McVay to get the ball into the hands of Woods and Kupp.”

The Rams (1-0) play their next three games at home against the Cardinals (0-1), Chargers (0-1) and Vikings (1-0), respectively. Sunday’s kickoff against Arizona is slated for 4:05 p.m. ET.