The Los Angeles Rams came out of the home opener with a decisive 34-0 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. With now a 2-0 record overall and 1-0 in the division, the Rams are building cushion in their defense of the NFC West crown.
RB David Johnson
Johnson was held in check by the Rams defense. While many Cardinals fans are upset at the usage of Johnson so far this season with new Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy, Johnson hasn’t helped with his production either with only 48 yards on 13 carries against the Rams.
David Johnson with one of his better opportunities of the day. pic.twitter.com/yOxpWexcFE— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) September 17, 2018
This was the second longest of the day for Johnson. The Rams did much better against the run, especially from the get-go in this game.
CB Patrick Peterson
Peterson had an okay game. Although he was active with eight total tackles, a TFL, PD, and interception, cornerbacks racking up a lot of tackles are usually not a good thing.
Patrick Peterson gets his first INT of the season. It’s his 22nd career pick, now tied for 15th in career INT’s among active NFL players, with Vontae Davis, who technically retired today... #12Sports— Cam La Fontaine (@LaFontaineCam) September 16, 2018
Considering the Rams had 354 yards in the air, I’m sure Peterson wasn’t too happy with his personal or unit’s performance.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald was going to have a tough day with CB’s Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib looking to lock him down. Couple that with only 27 total passing attempts by the Cardinals for the entire game, Fitz just didn’t have the oppportunities. Fitzgerald still lead his team in receiving with three catches for 28 yards on five targets.
EDGE Chandler Jones
Jones had a relatively quiet day but did prevent a touchdown by knocking down a pass that was intended for WR Brandin Cooks. Jones finished with one tackle and one pass defended.
QB Sam Bradford
Josh Rosen preserving his energy while watching Sam Bradford. pic.twitter.com/dYLZVRXj5t— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 16, 2018
Former Rams QB Sam Bradford had a rough day facing pressure and being unable to get into a rhythm. Bradford finished the game with 17/27 passing with only 90 yards and an interception. The questions will only get louder as fans want the team to turn to first round pick Josh Rosen.