The Houston Texans came into Los Angeles looking to spoil Jared Goff and the Rams’ current streak of domination. Houston gave it the old college try in the first half but was no match for the Rams high powered offense as the Rams coasted to a 33-7 win to put a bow on the easy part of their schedule. Lets check on how the players to watch performed.
RB Lamar Miller
Miller entered the game having not once rushed for more than 75 yards in any game and left with his streak in tact. Miller busted loose for a 21 yard run but was held to 60 yards rushing on 11 attempts as the Texans finished the game with 89 yards on the ground. Miller added 1 catch for 14 yards on his only target but did little to move the needle for a Texans offense that surely has realized their season is over with their QB problem.
WR Robert Woods
Not only did Woods remain a fixture of the offensive game plan after his breakout game in New York, he emerged as the Rams biggest playmaker since the bye week. Woods exploded for a 94 yard TD bomb with Goff backed into the end zone and busted the game wide open for the Rams in the second half. Robert caught 8 passes for 171 yards for two scores and now has 4 TDs, 12 catches and 241 yards in his last two games.
MLB Benardrick McKinney
McKinney was right in the thick of it for the majority of the game but didn’t have too many tackles to show for it. McKinney and the Texans front were successful in the first half bottling up Todd Gurley and the Rams offense in holding them to less than 30 yards rushing. As the game wore on, the Rams pass attack was too much. McKinney finished the game with 3 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 QB hit.
CB Trumaine Johnson
Splitting the coverage duties with Kayvon Webster, Tru was faced with trying to cover Nuk Hopkins, no easy task even with Tom Savage. Hopkins was able to haul in 7 of his 14 targets for 111 scoreless yards with the damage distributed pretty evenly on both sides of the field. In the first half, Tru dropped a gift interception that likely would have gone for a TD he wishes he could have back. Still solid for the day, Johnson ended the game with 5 tackles and 2 passes defensed.
Whew. Savage had the looks early that he might fool some people into thinking the Texans had a chance to win but ultimately fell well short. With two interceptions that could have easily been four, Savage completed 18 of 36 passes for 221 yards with 1 TD pass aided by a confused John Johnson. Add in 3 sacks and Savage and the Texans offense looked cooked for the majority of the day. Savage is a backup/3rd string QB thrust into a starting role and it shows.
RB Todd Gurley
The Texans were one of the toughest defenses on RBs heading into the game and proved up to task once again against Todd Gurley. With barely 20 yards rushing in the first half, Gurley couldn’t find much room with the Texans front 7 getting the best of the Rams OL. Still, Gurley couldn’t be contained as a receiver or rusher all day and finished with 68 yards receiving and rushing on 11 carries and 6 catches, adding to his 100+ total yard game totals.
WR Will Fuller
Perhaps no healthy player felt the negative side effects of an injury like Will Fuller did when Watson went down for the year. A strict big play specialist, Fuller was ineffective against the Rams yesterday before exiting the game due to runaway freight train, Lamarcus Joyner hit. Fuller hauled in just two of his three targets for 15 yards before being ruled out.
QB Jared Goff
Whew. Goff came off his best career game last week against the Giants and started this game off a little flat early. Faced with consistent pressure from the Texans, Goff entered survival mode until halftime and weathered the storm. The second half was a completely different story as Goff and the offense regrouped and put up 24 straight points in the second half as Jared finished the day 25 of 37 for 355 yards and 3 TDs. Goff’s passing yards set a new career high and has shown some of his best ball the last two games.
EDGE Jadeveon Clowney
Having to fight off everlasting bust calls, Clowney was the primary reason the Rams offense was stuck in 1st gear during the first half. Trying to block him with Rob Havenstein, Tyler Higbee, and Cooper Kupp or some combination of the three, wasn’t working as the Rams tried to play into Clowney’s side of the field early on. Credit more of those half time adjustments, and the Rams were able to negate Clowney in the 2nd half on their way to a blowout. Clowney ended the day with 3 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFLs, and added a QB hit.
EDGE Connor Barwin
Barwin’s first revenge game of the year got off to a scary start when he was injured following the Aaron Donald strip sack. After a couple series off, Barwin was able to play and finished playing 69% of the Rams defensive snaps. With a rather quiet day, Barwin had just a few pressures and resulted in two QB hits while adding one tackle.