From the onset, the Los Angeles Rams offense impressed against the Oakland Raiders. Jared Goff came out slinging and Todd Gurley showed glimpses of his 2015 season. The new weapons of Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins, Gerald Everett, and even Josh Reynolds all had flashes giving the Rams offense life.
When Coach McVay was hired, he was tasked to bring innovation to the Rams offense. So far, although it’s early, this offense has exhibited signs of progress. Is it still just preseason football, of course. However, when’s the last time we’ve seen stats like this for a half?
So apparently stats I was looking at were incorrect.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) August 20, 2017
Goff: 16/20, 160 yds, 1 TD
Kupp: 6rec, 7tar, 60 yds, TD
Watkins 2 rec, 4 tar, 8 yds https://t.co/wPicO04wXB
While the Rams offense had a great day (the starters anyways), the defense was a bit more vulnerable without essentially half their starters (Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Mark Barron, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Kayvon Webster). Save for a nice interception by Trumaine Johnson, the Rams defense had some tough moments. However, the Raiders offense led by Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, and Amari Cooper are going to have their moments like this and sometimes you just have to give them their props.
Overall, the Rams exuded another level of improvement this week. Next week is the real test as preseason week 3 is usually the best indicator of teams being at full strength.
Will the Rams continue to show another level of offensive progress? Can the Rams settle their contract situation with Aaron Donald? Is the defense going to show some consistency with more starters back?
Only time will tell but so far this preseason, the Rams have definitely impressed.