The Los Angeles Rams came out of their matchup with the Denver Broncos at 6-0 as many of us predicted they would. If you’re just looking at the recap and/or box score following the game, you might be a bit disappointed and look to TST to figure out what went wrong.
But that score is largely misleading and the game was never as close as the score indicated. The Rams battled injuries (more on that in a bit) all day but snagged an early lead and never looked back.
Last week, Hotdaddywags took a look at some Rams to watch. Let’s take a look back and see how they performed.
To be completely honest, Peters looked god-awful against the Seattle Seahawks. He was constantly being fooled by double moves and got beat deep multiple times. For fans who remember what it was like when Janoris Jenkins was with the Rams, the similarities were staggering.
In Denver, Peters was back to his usual self. Broncos QB Case Keenum was afraid to challenge Peters and largely avoided throwing to his side. Then again, with fellow CB Aqib Talib still out, the Broncos didn’t have to.
Peters was given a game ball by our own Skye Sverdlin and erased lingering doubts that he might not be 100% recovered from his injury.
Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks
Cooks and Kupp didn’t do much on Sunday, but they didn’t have to. The Rams were dominant on the ground and QB Jared Goff wasn’t as accurate as usual in the cold weather. When Goff was able to connect, he looked early and often to WR Robert Woods - who again eclipsed 100 yards. Woods is now 7th in the NFL in receiving yards with Cooks and Kupp not far behind at 10th and 19th respectively.
More worrisome for Rams fans is the injury that Kupp suffered at the end of the 1st half. It looked ugly, but he was able to return in the 2nd half - which is encouraging. Adam Schefter has reported that it’s an MCL sprain and that Kupp could miss some time.
Gurley was damn near impossible to tackle on Sunday. He had his first career 200 yard game and averaged an impressive 7.4 YPC. He was a freight train that the Broncos had no answer for. This was exactly the type of performance the Rams needed from Gurley with Goff struggling.
Gurley was able to overcome the OL injuries throughout the game and is already making a strong case to repeat as Offensive Player of the Year.
A week after an impressive showing against the Sehawks, Hill allowed multiple bombs to his side of the field and looked horrid. Three Broncos players had receptions of 40+ yards and I’m fairly certain that Hill was targeted in all of time.
Get well soon Aqib. The Rams miss you.
Brockers had another quiet day at the office in Denver, but that doesn’t mean that it was a bad day for him either. Constantly overlooked because of his higher profile teammates, Brockers often gets lost in the shuffle. But that’s fine by him.
He never complains about having to do the dirty work or not getting the recognition he deserves. He ate Broncos OL for breakfast, lunch, and dinner en route to 5 tackles (4 solo).
The shoulder injury he sustained is worth monitoring, but it didn’t seem to be bothering him after he returned to the game so I’m not horribly concerned about it.