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Los Angeles Rams At Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Winners and Losers

The Rams did some good things. They won.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not really sure how to respond to this game. On the one hand, the Rams are 2-1 for the very first time under Fisher. They’re also in first place due to a head-to-head tiebreaker with Seattle.

That’s exciting, as are the 37 points the Rams managed to put up on the board.

But at the same time, this is a defense who is averaging holding a team to 21 points a game, when outside of Week 3, the Rams have only managed 9.

Tempered excitement. Let’s get to it!

The Quick Five

Rams Defense

I'm a little concerned about the defense. The sacks haven't been there and they've struggled to stop opposing offenses from scoring

The Rams allowed Jameis Winston to shred them for 405 yards in a game that should have been over longer than it was. They need better performances against better teams if they want to keep winning.

Todd Gurley, RB

27 ATT, 85 YDS, 2 TDS

It was quite ugly to witness, but Gurley willed himself to two scores during the game.

The line itself struggled quite a bit, but it's good to see the Rams only offensive superstar make some waves.

Brian Quick, WR

2 REC, 53 YDS, 1TD

Where has that been for five years?

Lamarcus Joyner, CB

9 TKL (7 SOLO)

Joyner has struggled in the past, but seems to be turning a corner.

He's continuously been playing in the base defense, and he's given the team no reason to doubt he shouldn't be playing. The defense as a whole struggled, but gave up a lot of passing yards at the end for the sake of keeping the Bucs out of the end-zone. All in all, a good day for Joyner.

Robert Quinn, DE

3 TKL (3 SOLO), 1 SACK,


Quinn continued to impress against the Bucs. The team as a whole has struggled with getting to the QB, but Quinn has made his numbers count.

He forced a turnover for the second straight game, and the Rams were able to capitalize.

Assorted Thoughts

  • The Rams offense seemingly decided to use the other half of their playbook today. Let's keep using that half, okay?
  • Case Keenum struggles from a talent standpoint but got it done today.
  • What in the hell got into Eugene Sims?
  • The Rams continued their culture change against the Seahawks with 8 penalties for 69 yards.