Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings 2nd Down , second guessing: The Professor

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    The Breakout GameNo Aqib Talib? No problem.In Goff, we trust.Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins torching Womens Ramik Wilson Jersey the Los Angeles Rams secondary? No problem.In Goff, we trust.Missing a crucial field goal at the end of the game? No problem.In Goff, we trust.In what will go down as the career breakout game for QB Jared Goff, the Rams beat the Vikings, 38-31, in a thrilling Thursday night nationally televised game, upping their record to 4-0.The Rams have, through their history going back to days of the great Norm “The Dutchman” Van Brocklin and most recently Kurt Warner, had some great quarterback performances. The performance by QB Jared Goff was for the aged ranking right up there with the great ones.While there was a boatload of purple and yellow, the Rams fans were louder and finally had a home field advantage which had the Coliseum rocking. From my location in the same seats my father had high up in the Coliseum since 1946, I could see every long pass developing watching the ball be perfectly placed into either WRs Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods or Brandin Cooks hands. Touchdown Rams!I haven’t seen a performance like that since WR Harold Jackson caught four touchdowns from QB John Hadl against the Dallas Cowboys. But there was a difference. Jackson was wide open, and even I could have made that those throws. In this game, the looking off of the safety and the pinpoint accuracy were a thing of beauty harkening back to the days of QB Joe Montana torching the Rams. Yes Youth Brandin Cooks Jersey , that’s how good Jared Goff was. Montana-like.His five touchdown passes could never have been accomplished without the unsung heroes: LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Rodger Saffold, C John Sullivan, RG Austin Blythe and RT Rob Havenstein all of whom deserve as much credit for Goff’s success as Goff. This offensive line through four weeks has provided him a pocket and plenty of time for Jared to make these throws. They were outstanding in this game as well.But as good as the offense was under Goff, the Rams still have more work to do to make it to the big game.The Rams’ special teamsNot counting either Kupp or KR Blake Countess, the Rams’ special teams were absolute garbage. K Sam Ficken missed a gimme field goal which would have iced the game. Unacceptable (and clearly the team agrees having replaced Ficken with Cairo Santos). P Johnny Hekker shanked a punt, his second of the year, at a crucial moment the Rams needed a kick to land inside the Vikes’ 25-yard line. Terrible.Grade: FThe Rams’ defenseThe Rams’ secondary got torched by Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins while WR Adam Thielen solidified his role as one of the best receivers in the game. Yet when it counted most, the Rams’ defense came through by holding the Vikings to field goals on two key drives. DT Aaron Donald finally got his sack, two of them in total, and coming off the edge DT Ndamukong Suh got his first as well. The Law Firm of Johnathan Franklin-Myers came up with huge strip fumble which sealed the fate of the Vikings leading to the victory formation at the end the game.As I said in my preview, the Rams defense didn’t need to be perfect, just good enough. They accomplished that.They still need consistency at the edge rusher position and better play in the secondary, but the Vikings had the fourth-rated pass offense in the league coming into the game. To say that the Rams would be able to totally shut them down was foolhardy. The Rams defense got the job done.They did enough.While I still have some concerns, the Rams’ defense is getting better each week Womens Cory Littleton Jersey , Playing without Talib and an injured CB Marcus Peters not 100% percent, the current secondary unit will improve over time.Grade: B-The Rams’ offenseHow can I honestly write an article second guessing the Rams offense after that game?The scheming by Head Coach Sean McVay getting the wide receivers match upped with LB Anthony Barr in man-to-man coverage was ingenious.And with Goff making the proper reads, looking off the safety, and throwing darts for touchdowns, the Rams’ offense was on fire.But I do have a criticism.THE RAMS PUNTED TWICE.Grade: AThe X-FactorsIf you’re living in Los Angeles and you’re not at the Coliseum watching the Rams live, your missing an exciting team and event.The crowd was loud, raucous, the Coliseum was rocking and rolling.It made a difference.You could feel it. Sense it. It was a playoff atmosphere.Sitting with my son, I was reminded of what my own father must have thought about me with his crazy, fanatic son that he unleashed onto the NFL world. Sitting in those same seats we shared together, my own son jumped into my arms five times screaming, “Touchdown!” The feeling we shared of pure joy and astonishment at what we were witnessing is what creating memories that last a lifetime are all about. After that game, there’s no doubt our Rams legacy started by my father will continue with my own son.Its still early in the season and our Rams have a long way to go, so we should temper our enthusiasm just a bit. But, as a diehard I can’t stop this wonderful feeling I have because I know this team will only get better.We have a championship-caliber team.Final Grade—B+Los Angeles Rams 19 Womens Johnny Hekker Jersey , Oakland Raiders 15: Rebound Well, that was better.After a paltry showing against the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener, the Los Angeles Rams rebounded to have a nice performance from the reserves in today’s 19-15 win over the Oakland Raiders.First and foremost, it was the Rams’ second-string offensive line that really changed the early game action from a week ago. Whether it was the personnel changes (OT Cornelius Lucas out, rookie OL Joseph Noteboom in) or the difference between the Ravens’ starters and the Raiders’ backups on the D-line, the big boys up front for the Rams gave QB Sean Mannion much more time to operate today. And he looked much better as a result. Not sparkling, but better.Mannion’s day wasn’t overwhelming. A 47-yard toss to WR KhaDarel Hodge was impressive but moreso for the catch than a throw that was just a 50/50 ball. Aside from that long gain, Mannion was 9/15 for just 37 yards.As a preseason game played exclusively by backups between two teams that will face each other in Week 1 in the regular season, the playcalling was overwhelmingly lean.That helped things in the run game where rookie RB John Kelly again impressed. With RB Justin Davis sidelined with a hamstring tweak, Kelly took the majority of the work today and showed why many Rams fans are eager to see him get even more work finishing with 56 yards on 18 carries with a fluky touchdown on his own fumble recovery.Beyond that, the second half was mostly about the deep tail end of the roster. Not sure how relevant the majority of the gameplay was to anythign beyond September 1 when the Rams have to cut the roster down.Overall though, a good bounceback as the Rams prepare to get the starting lineups their only action of the preseason next Saturday against the Houston Texans.

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