The Rams almost shut out the Texans, but let them score 22 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. The Rams did dominate the first 3 quarters, and here’s the good, the bad, and the meh of their win on Sunday. 

Good

Ernest Jones

The rookie finally had his first start on Sunday after Kenny Young was traded to the Broncos. Jones picked off Mills and returned it for 19 yards. He led the team in tackles, had half a sack, and had no problems getting to the QB. Jones had a great start, backing up the coaches confidence in him after trading Young.

Defensive Line 

The D-Line had a day against a weak Texans team, and were a big part in stifling their offense. They had 5 sacks, 9 QB hits, and 4 tackles for loss. Leonard Floyd was exceptional and consistently got after Davis Mills. With Sebastian Joseph Day out, the other guys on the team stepped up in a big way. 

Pass catchers

The Rams pass catchers make this list yet again, after a great game in Houston. As usual, Cooper Kupp led the pack with 115 yards and a TD, while Woods and Jefferson had solid games. Ben Skowronek started his first game as a main part of the offense and looked like a mini Kupp with the way he was able to get YAC. If Van Jefferson is to miss time, Benny Skow looks like he’s ready to step in.

Run game

The run game had a bounce back game after struggling last week against Detroit. Henderson averaged 6.4 Y/A, and had a rushing and receiving touchdown. The whole team had 165 yards on the ground and averaged 5.3 Y/A. Woods and Buddy Howell got more involved in the run game and should get more work as the season goes on. This game saw Woods’ best rushing performance on the year with a 16 yard run and a TD. Woods has always gotten involved on jet sweeps and designed runs so it’ll be interesting to see how Sean McVay plans to get him involved more as the season goes on.

Bad

Special teams

The Rams special teams unit has now given up back to back onside kicks, something that seems nearly impossible. They seem to not be as disciplined as Joe DeCamillis would like them to be with multiple special teams errors over the past 2 weeks. The return game continued to disappoint with Tutu returning the ball 3 times for a total of 2 yards. Kupp, Skowronek, and Howell have been rotating returning kicks the past couple of weeks and should continue to if Atwell misses time. The Tutu pick has been disappointing this season as Jefferson emerged. The Rams have yet to find a consistent kick returner this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed/traded for one soon. 

Meh

Overall defense

The defense held the Texans offense to 0 points for the first 3 quarters then let up 22 in the 4th. Their placement in the meh section says more about the Rams defensive depth than the normal defense. The defense was solid all game, they only let up a couple of big plays. Donte Deayon almost had a pick, but it got called back due to a flag, and Ernest Jones had one in his first start. The secondary needs to tighten up especially before next week against the Titans. 

Week 9 Preview

Overall this was a great win, and broke the uniform curse after last year’s loss vs the Jets. The defense had one of the best performances of the season even if it was against a bad offense. Stafford and the offense kept it rolling against the Texans, and should do the same against a weak Titans secondary. he Rams now have the Titans coming to Sofi, with the Titans winning 4 in a row. With Derrick Henry now out, the Rams secondary should be more focused on stopping AJ Brown and the passing attack. If I were Raheem Morris, I’d have Ramsey match up on Brown for most of the game to keep him out of the game. Now back at home for a primetime game, the defense needs to hold the line against the Titans.

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