Are you tired of winning? I’m not.
And I’m sure the Los Angeles Rams aren’t either.
After traveling on the road for three weeks, the Rams returned home to play against a dominant QB in Aaron Rodgers and a solid team in the Green Bay Packers.
The game turned out to be a nasty, gritty, and close win as the Rams ultimately found a way to get it done - again.
Let’s take a look at the stock report:
CB Marcus Peters
After stringing together two or three solid games, Peters’ roller coaster ride continued. Davante Adams burned Peters for three massive gains on the day totaling five receptions for 133 yards on the day. Hopefully we can chalk this up as a rough day and expect a bounce-back week for Peters as he’ll likely see his fair share of star WR Michael Thomas next Sunday.
OLB Samson Ebukam
Ebukam was relatively invisible yesterday. Although his motor never stops and his speed can’t be replicated, the Rams’ edge rush is simply lacking. If it’s not one guy it’s the other.
The offensive line actually bounced back in the second half to balance out what was a very rough first half, but I’ll still jot them down here. Goff was sacked five times on the day and pressured multiple more. The running game was non-existent in the first half as well. I wouldn’t knock them too hard though. Like I said, the second half was a big flip for the big uglies upfront as they got the ground game humming and Goff worked his way to nearly 300-yards passing and three passing touchdowns.
DT Aaron Donald
The freak continues to alter gameplans and dominate opponents. AD was all over Aaron Rodgers yesterday living in the Packers backfield all game long. He notched another two sacks on the day bringing his total to 10 sacks on the season (unreal). He also had multiple pressures and QB hits that forced Rodgers to throw the ball early and errant. Donald has been worth every single penny thus far.
RB Todd Gurley
Even though there wasn’t much space for Gurley to run in the first half, he made his impact felt in the second. Gurley finished the day with 25 carries for 114 yards on the ground and six receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown receiving. Gurley essentially grinded the game out with a massive run on a pitch that closed out the game, but not only that, he had the situational awareness and unselfish behavior to go down instead of scoring a touchdown and giving the Packers the ball back.
WR Josh Reynolds
Talk about stepping up, that’s exactly what Josh Reynolds did. With WR Cooper Kupp missing another game, Reynolds was relied upon needing to step up. Even though he only had three receptions for 42 yards, he made the most of his opportunities with two out of those three catches ending in touchdowns. Having a fourth body like Reynolds at the receiver position must provide the Rams’ offense with much comfort.
CB Troy Hill
This may be weird for some, but I thought Hill was relatively solid all game outside of one blunder that costed him pretty big. On that snap, Hill tried to press the WR (Marquez Valdes-Scantling) at the line of scrimmage and missed miserably. It gave the WR an easy release and big separation right off his release and it turned out to be a 40-yard touchdown. Outside of that snap, his coverage was solid and Peters was actually the cornerback that Rodgers targeted.
DT Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh had himself a terrific game yesterday, probably because he and Aaron Rodgers aren’t exactly in a love affair. There was a specific pressure where Suh made sure he laid a good hit on Rodgers tossing him to the floor. Also, he was the key cog in making sure the safety happened occupying blockers and opening up a big gap for Mark Barron to make a big hit and securing the tackle.
P Johnny Hekker
Even though Hekker didn’t really look like himself on a punt or two, he had a few that were classic Hekker punts too. The punt that was downed by former Packer CB Sam Shields was obviously a big play and a game-changer for the Rams as it sparked the scoring and swung the momentum the Rams’ way.