If only the Los Angeles Rams were lucky enough to to play a shorthanded Indianapolis Colts team every week. The Rams pounced on the Andrew Luck-less Colts early and often, starting off with a field goal from K Greg Zuerlein and then pick-six from CB Trumaine Johnson.
In fact, the Rams scored in a myriad of ways against the deflated Colts:
Rams today have scored by: Passing TD, Rushing TD, FG, Pick-6 and Safety— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 10, 2017
Most impressively today was the noticeable improvement of the Rams offense, including QB Jared Goff (albeit against a depleted secondary missing CB Vontae Davis):
Sean McVay can coach. Jared Goff can ball. Don't be mad.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) September 10, 2017
Jared Goff was 5-of-5 for 126 yards on throws at least 15 yards downfield in first half.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 10, 2017
Completed 36% of those passes in 2016 pic.twitter.com/J0lTM3ZWxu
From the eye test, Goff and the offense looked superior to last year. Goff didn’t win a single game in 2016 so a win is a win. It may have taken a shorthanded opponent to give Goff more confidence but admittingly with the Rams, everything has to be taken with a grain of salt.
I do think Goff is better this year and that Sean McVay is working magic.
Took a couple seasons, but Jared Goff has won his first NFL game. pic.twitter.com/qExWVqJidt— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 10, 2017
Of all the rookies today, none impressed me more than Cooper Kupp. He continued to build on his strong but short preseason and caught his first of hopefully many touchdowns for the Rams. Kupp also led all players with 76 receiving yards. Apparently Goff and Kupp have long been working on this chemistry.
When Cooper Kupp was drafted by @RamsNFL he lived at Jared Goff's house for a while. Chemistry paying off so far 3 catches, 48 yds & a TD.— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) September 10, 2017
Note: No way Goff makes this throw in 2016.
Defensively, the Rams are who we thought they were. They were expected to shut down a Scott Tolzien led offense and they came through. While Aaron Donald has made his comeback and didn’t want to be a distraction in Week 1, another Rams defensive linemen really impressed today.
Michael Brockers led the Rams with five tackles and tackle for loss. Brockers stepped up as the nose-tackle and even flashed with some pass-rushing ability.
Nose tackle Michael Brockers led the #Rams defense in tackles (5) today. Not sure I’ve ever seen a nose tackle do that before.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 11, 2017
The Colts looked a lot like the 2016 Rams today and it’s really a blessing that we have Coach McVay to lead us out of football ineptitude.
The Colts did not convert a single third down in that entire game. That’s amazing.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 11, 2017
Look for McVay to get an edge against his former team next week as Washington looks to rebound from a weak performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.