The Los Angeles Rams came up a bit short against the New Orleans Saints. In a game that the Rams trailed by 21 in the first half (35-14 before K Greg Zuerlein’s 56-yard FG), the Rams rallied all the way to a 35-35 tie only to come out on the losing side, 45-35.
I pointed out the plethora of players to watch for as many Saints truly stepped up big to come out with the crucial victory for the top of the NFC contention picture.
QB Drew Brees
In a game that featured nearly 1,000 total yards combined, Drew Brees emerged as the victor with an amazing 97.2 QBR in the contest. Completing 25 of 36 attempts, Brees finished the game with 346 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.
CB Marshon Lattimore
Lattimore had his hands full. With a tough matchup that saw the top three Rams receivers combine for 270 yards plus, Lattimore contributed with four total tackles. Down the stretch, his secondary mate P.J. Williams seemed to be more active (also evident by his three passes defended). Lattimore continues to be in a little sophomore slump but will continue to be crucial for the Saints going forward.
WR Michael Thomas
Thomas tore up the Rams. Although everyone will remember the 72-yard touchdown to essentially seal the game, Thomas caught 12 of 15 passes (which actually brought his reception % down) for 211 yards. Please get well soon CB Aqib Talib!
DL Cameron Jordan
Jordan had a quiet game (like most defenders in the contest). Jordan finished the game with two total tackles as the Rams were able to boast a 4.8 yards per carry average.
RB Alvin Kamara
Kamara again proved why he is such an explosive player. Kamara lead the game with 82 rushing yards and two touchdowns while also adding a third touchdown via the passing game (with 34 yards). In a showcase of so much running back talent, Kamara had a better game than Todd Gurley.
Overall, there’s no shame in losing to the Saints in their Dome. The Rams will have to regroup and look forward to getting back on the winning track as they host the Seahawks this week.