Both offenses have struggled. The Rams had one good drive. The Jaguars had one good drive and one explosive run from RB Leonard Fournette. Other than that, the defenses have eaten everything up on the other ten possessions with the Rams going 1/7 on third down conversions and the Jaguars even worse at 0/7. It’s worth repeating that given that that explosive Fournette run came on the first offensive play of the game. That the Rams’ defense settled in as well as they did is a credit to the entire unit.
The difference today has been special teams. WR Pharoh Cooper’s opening kickoff return for a touchdown and the blocked punt by LB Cory Littleton that RB Malcolm Brown scooped up and powered in are what have the Rams ahead by 10 right now.
The second half isn’t likely to feature such spectacular outcomes on special teams. If the Rams defense can hold as well as they did on the final five possessions, the offense won’t have to do much to put this one away. But should Fournette or the more unlikely combo of QB Blake Bortles and Jacksonville’s passing attack put some points up, the Rams are going to have to get more out of the offense than the 57 yards of passing offense QB Jared Goff put up.
This is a huge, huge 30 minutes of football for the 2017 Los Angeles Rams.
Hold on to your seats.