The Los Angeles Rams have been unwatchable final season. Accidents depleted the workforce, and after beginning the 2022 marketing campaign at 3-3, the Rams misplaced their subsequent six video games and have been out of the division and playoff hunt by mid-November. Only one yr after climbing to the NFL mountain high and profitable Tremendous Bowl LVI, the Rams completed 5-12. Getting into the season, the highlight was off LA, however after an under-the-radar thrashing of the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, the Rams appear to be a workforce out for redemption.
Matthew Stafford was again to his regular type to open the season. Though he didn’t throw any touchdowns, Stafford accomplished 63 % of his passes for 334 yards and nil interceptions. It was a strong efficiency for Stafford within the Rams’ 30-13 win over the Seahawks. LA dominated this recreation in almost each side on each side.
This high-powered Rams offense transformed 11 of 19 third downs, whereas the protection held Seattle to 2 of 9 in the identical class. The discrepancy in whole yards was astonishing, because the Rams posted 426 and the Seahawks 180. For those who didn’t watch the sport, you’d most likely be shocked to be taught Seattle was up at halftime, 13-7. Aaron Donald and that Rams protection pitched an eye-popping second-half shutout. Seattle had no solutions within the second half of this recreation.
There was a humorous — albeit scary — second for Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, the place Donald rushed up the center and acquired by way of Seattle’s line with out being touched. As Donald approached Smith whereas the QB tried to cross the ball, you’ll be able to clearly hear Smith exclaim, “Oh my god!” as Donald barreled towards the passer. That’s acquired to be the equal of a nightmare. Think about Aaron Donald sprinting at you full steam forward, unimpeded. Yikes!
Cooper Kupp didn’t even play (hamstring damage), and the Rams nonetheless ran it up on offense, falling again on the bottom recreation for 3 touchdowns. Two by Kyren Williams and one by Cam Akers.
Williams and Akers solely managed a mixed 81 yards, however it was greater than sufficient to get the victory. Total, the Rams ran the ball 40 instances (Stafford had three carries) and handed 38. That’s the kind of steadiness you’ll be able to trip all through the season. If LA can keep in that balanced offense mode, they need to be within the combine towards the top of the yr. As of now, the redemption run is in full impact.