The Rams traveled to the east coast this past Sunday and beat the Giants 38-11. The Rams have now entered a 3 game stretch of teams with losing records, so consistency is something to monitor for this team. They play Detroit at home next week, so the defense has the chance for another dominant performance. If the Rams struggle again like they did in the first half of this game, then there’s a problem. That being said, I’ll be breaking down the good, the bad, and the meh of Rams vs Giants on Sunday.
The defensive line showed up this game with 26 pressures, a forced fumble, 18 hurries and 5 sacks. They were consistently getting to Jones which forced mistakes. They had a big 4th down stop, and helped give the offense a good starting field position. If they want to have a similar performance against the Lions, they’ll have to put pressure on Goff and make him make similar mistakes. Aaron Donald was consistently double teamed, which opened it up for the edge rushers. Okoronkwo and Floyd had their best games of the season so far, and both received great PFF grades (91.6, 89.5 respectively).
Kupp continued his dominance on Sunday going for 130 yards and two touchdowns. This game marked his 3rd with more than 1 touchdown, and is currently on pace to have 19 on the year. Stafford’s chemistry with him certainly shows, as he by far had the most targets on the team.
Taylor Rapp had an amazing performance against the Giants, as he picked off Daniel Jones twice. He took advantage of the pressure that the D-Line was getting on Jones and made some great plays. This was his best game of the season so far, as he’s been below average the rest of the season. It’ll be worth watching if he can pick off his former teammate Jared Goff next week.
Henderson continued his consistency by scoring two touchdowns on Sunday in addition to 107 total yards. Henderson has now scored in every game he’s played in except against Arizona, and has been a consistent RB for this team. Sony Michel also did pretty well, and averaged 4.7 YPA. Michel has also been great in pass protection, something that is an underrated trait in RBs. The Lions allow the 7th most rushing yards compared to the Giants 4th, so I’d expect Sean McVay to continue to run the ball next week.
There wasn’t that was bad Sunday, asides from the team’s first half performance. It seems that it takes McVay and co. a couple of quarters to get in rhythm, which is something they need to fix when they face high octane offenses like Arizona and Green Bay.
Rochell has had an up and down start to his rookie year. He was thrust into the starting role last week against Seattle, and notched his first career interception last Sunday. As he gets more snaps and experience, he should play better. It is of note that he was in the game instead of David Long, so the coaching staff is confident in him in that regard.
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Overall, this was a great team win, but the defense made it easy on the offense by giving them great field positions. They capitalized off of turnovers and turned them into points, something the team was struggling with a bit the past couple weeks. This game was very different from when Rams vs Giants happened last year. Looking ahead to next week against the Lions, the game plan should be the same. If they can get pressure on Goff and force him to win the game while also running the ball, they’ll set themselves up to win. The Lions don’t have much talent at receiver, but have a good RB core, so most of the focus should be on stopping De’Andre Swift and TJ Hockenson.