Looking at the box score again, what stands out the most is just how quickly the Rams jumped in front of the Bears. They had a 10-point lead at the half, but that score was much closer than the game on the field. At any rate, it makes it pretty easy to pick out the big plays.
And that starts with Tavon Austin. In two games, he's making the kind of plays the Rams and the rest of the world envisioned when they traded up for him in the first round. Partly, that's confidence in his own ability as well as having a better feel for the game itself. It's also got to do with play calling that doesn't even look like it came from the same offense we saw during the first month of the season.
Here's the play.
The best part about this play is just how simple it is. Wait, that's the second best part. The best part is seeing Brian Schottenheimer use Brian Schottenheimer against himself.
An end-around to Tavon Austin has been a staple of his playbook all season, a mostly fruitless one too. Every defense in the NFL with a date against the Rams has to know it's coming. The Bears certainly looked like they did. Except, Tavon does that little step before he comes back, it's more than enough to get the defense off guard ... and he's gone for a 65-yard rushing touchdown.
It's not so different than what the Rams did in Week 10 against the Colts. Get Tavon in space, use a little misdirection and don't get too fancy. Sure enough, it works.
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