The Los Angeles Rams fell to Washington at home 27-20 in a sloppy game from all four sides of the ball. I gave you five players from each side to look out for and some came and put on a show. Others were rather quiet. Let’s revisit.
CB Lamarcus Joyner
A bit of a disappointing game from Joyner after he put clamps on everyone in sight week one against the Colts. He played more safety in this game but still was matched up with Jamison Crowder quite a bit. The level of competition was a step up but Joyner did have a few lapses in coverage on Reed and Crowder at times. All in all it was a little underwhelming. He finished with 9 total tackles.
WR Jamison Crowder
Crowder only had 4 catches for 47 yards on the day but three of them were back breakers for the Rams defense. His first catch in the first quarter came on a crosser for 21 yards on 3rd and 17. That drive ended in a FG. In the 3rd quarter he moved the chains with an 18 yard screen on 2nd and 17. And with less than 5 minutes to play on their own 34 yard line, Crowder once again converted a 3rd down which ultimately kept the game winning drive alive. For the day, Crowder was mostly contained, but he killed the Rams when Washington needed a play.
WR Sammy Watkins
After some week 1 chemistry against the Colts, Watkins and Goff had trouble for most of the game. CB Josh Norman is highly regarded for a reason. Finishing with just 2 catches for 30 yards on the day, Watkins had a nice catch and run for 28 yards to open the 3rd quarter, but he and Goff just couldn’t get anything substantial going all day.
LB Ryan Kerrigan
Kerrigan made the most of the plays he was able to make against a surprisingly stingy Rams’ OL. The Rams were lucky to recover a fumble deep in their own territory when Kerrigan ripped past RT Rob Havenstein and sacked Jared Goff while knocking the ball loose. He added another QB hit on the day but for the most part was contained by the Rams OL.
TE Gerald Everett
So was this the Gerald Everett breakout game? I’d say so but we all were robbed of an even bigger day than his 3 catch, 95 yard stat line after he suffered a thigh injury he on his last catch. Everett’s explosiveness was on display with a 69 yard catch and run (next time just Run Forrest Run) on a busted coverage thanks to Goff buying time. Everett also showcased some toughness on the catch that ultimately led to his injury, getting rocked on a 24 yard catch. Not a ton of players hold on to that one. The Rams have found themselves a legit weapon.
RB Chris Thompson
Yikes. Washington ran roughshod all over the Rams defense early. Thompson had an early 7 yard touchdown run for the first TD of the day. Later, just before halftime, Thompson nearly had a handoff stolen away by Michael Brockers but ultimately slipped him and went virtually untouched for a 61 yard score. Congrats if you had the stones to start Thompson in your fantasy league. He finished the day with 3 carries for 77 yards and 2 TDs to go along with 3 catches for 29 yards.
LB Mark Barron
YIKES. Before the game I lumped Barron, Alec Ogletree, and Maurice Alexander all in this one and they collectively all really stunk. Charged with trying to cover Jordan Reed, they gave up all 6 passes thrown his way for 48 yards and were likely spared even more damage when Reed had to sit out with a chest injury. Barron and Ogletree were especially bad in run defense (more than usual) and were prime reasons why Washington rushed for 229 yards on the ground. Barron finished with 10 total tackles with 2 TFLs but that certainly needs context. Not a good game.
S D.J. Swearinger
Prior to the game I wondered if Swearinger’s aggression would get the better of him but I did not see any glaring mistakes from the safety. He kind of was just there. No amazing plays, no boneheaded plays. You could do much worse as a safety than that type of summary. Swearinger finished the game with 4 total tackles.
DT Aaron Donald
Donald’s first game of the season was lackluster. The rust from the time away showed a little bit but only in effectiveness. Donald still logged 68% of the teams defensive snaps. Only Michael Brockers played more snaps along the defensive line. Facing a difficult matchup in LT Trent Williams and an underrated Washington OL, Donald was rather quiet by Aaron Donald standards. Donald finished the game with 2 total tackles, 1 TFL and added 1 QB hit.
QB Kirk Cousins
For much of the game Cousins looked rather pedestrian while Washington’s offense was able to rely on their running game. I’m sure Kirk would say that’s the perfect script for him. Deep into the 4th quarter, Cousins had only passed for roughly 140 yards and no scores. With 7:13 left in the game, Cousins led Washington on a methodical 10 play, 70 yard drive, completing 3 of 3 passes for 42 yards and the game winning TD pass to Ryan Grant.