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Los Angeles Rams-Indianapolis Colts: Week 1 Recap Reaction

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The Rams were victorious (as expected) against a shorthanded Colts Team.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Most impressively today was the noticeable improvement of the Rams offense, including QB Jared Goff (albeit against a depleted secondary missing CB Vontae Davis):

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.