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Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers: Report card glows in dominant performance

The defense stepped up and turned in a dominating performance. What about the other guys?

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A grade

Another solid performance by QB Jared Goff, leading the Los Angeles Rams to another victory with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Goff was poised, steady, and accurate when he needed to be. He did leave some completions on the field, but his clutch throws to pass catchers like Robert Woods was enough to warrant an A.

Running Backs

A plus grade

Not much more can be said about RB Todd Gurley, but he said a LOT on the field with his three touchdown runs. And RB Malcolm Brown proved his value by relieving Gurley in spots, taking control on several drives. Together they accumulated 100+ yards of offense and of course, Gurley proved yet again he’s a touchdown machine.

Wide Receivers

A grade

Their numbers weren't fantasy-esque, but WR Robert Woods and WR Brandin Cooks did what was asked and very impressive. And how about WR Nick Williams filling in for Cooper Kupp at slot receiver? Williams had some clutch grabs that helped Goff and company move the chains.

Tight Ends

C grade

So, we basically have extra offensive linemen who are eligible receivers. But they made their blocks and almost made some big plays.

Offensive LIne

B plus grade

The offensive line didn’t play like rock stars like last week, but they helped move the offense up and down the field, so that was cool. Jared Goff’s jersey was pretty clean at the end of the game, so that was also cool. And Gurley’s three touchdowns had something to do with the big guys up front, right?

Defensive LIne

A plus grade

This was by the far the best performance by the defensive line unit this season. DE Aaron Donald showcased his superhuman skills by stripping a fumble while also sacking the QB multiple times (It was four, but he could be sacking another 49er in the locker room right now for all we know). And DT Michael Brockers and DE Ndamukong Suh were also extremely destructive — they were truly the Mob Squad on Sunday afternoon.


A grade

In what was basically the Cory Littleton show, the other linebackers were also impressive, keeping the San Francisco 49ers’ run game in check. LB Trevon Young showed up with an athletic grab while OLB Samson Ebukam proved he can get to the QB. Mark Barron’s return, however, is still a work in progress.

Defense Backs

A grade

San Francisco’s passing attack was locked down all game. S John Johnson III secured another interception while CB Sam Shields and S Lamarcus Joyner were all over the receivers.

Special Teams

A plus grade

The defensive special teams were pretty great, led by LB Cory Littleton who blocked his 4th punt of the season. How does one accomplish a feat like that? Who knows. But adding in the WR JoJo Natson return that gave them excellent field position, the special teams unit was outstanding.


A grade

With a rout like this, coaching didn’t really stand out that much, but the play calling was fantastic as usual.