Though the Rams played well and moved the ball with ease, there were a handful of points left on the field which proves just how incredible this Rams team really is. The fact that they threw up 35 points and could have had another 10 or 15 is really mind boggling.
Let’s take a look at who’s stock is headed up and who’s is headed down:
FS Lamarcus Joyner
Joyner had a rough game yesterday. First, typically the Rams like to employ him as a single high/cover-2 safety covering the deep portion of the field. The secondary was finally tested, and Philip Rivers took advantage as he made some big plays. Joyner also rotated slowly to WR Mike Williams and allowed a 20-something yard touchdown in his coverage. In a rep versus the run, Joyner was also completely hurdled by Melvin Gordon.
CB Marcus Peters
This has more to do with his injury as opposed to anything else. Peters was beat on a long 45-yard touchdown by Mike Williams who seemed to take his turn beating all of the Rams’ DB’s. Though everyone feared the worst with Peters, it sounds like he might have been able to avoid a serious season-ending injury (Thank God). Let’s hope for a quick recovery.
KR/PR JoJo Natson
Just as JoJo Natson starts to cement his status as a dangerous and explosive return man, he breaks his hand. Very unfortunate for a guy who was making the most of his opportunities because it sounds like he may hit injured reserve - and if he does - it’s probably safe to assume his season is all but over.
K Sam Ficken
To be fair to Ficken, I was generally surprised he actually hit all of his extra points. My expectations are low I guess, but the end-of-the-half field goal attempt from 46 yards is where a guy like Ficken becomes a problem. Greg Zuerlein likely makes that kick with ease, but it’s clear Ficken can’t be counted on unless the range is within 38 or so yards. Oh, he also probably shouldn’t be kicking the ball out of bounds on kickoffs.
WR Robert Woods
Robert Woods was an absolute problem yesterday. 10 receptions, 104 yards and two touchdowns. Woods was putting in work on all levels of the field. His smooth route running ability and amazing hands make him a QB-friendly target. As this offense dictates, everyone is going to go off some week - and this week it was Woods. The sideline catch where Jared Goff threw an impossible pass that evaded two separate defenders was one of the best things I’ve ever seen.
QB Jared Goff
Just a brilliant performance from the head of the Rams. Goff couldn’t go wrong in this one as he picked apart the Chargers’ defense one-by-one. Goff went 29/36 for 354 yards (with maybe another 40 or 50 brought back by way of penalty), three touchdowns, and one interception. Outside of a telegraphed INT, this performance was downright marvelous by Goff. His impromptu scramble and dime to Cooper Kupp for a 50-yard touchdown was something I’ve never seen from Goff before. Also, his sideline pass to Robert Woods was probably the best pass I’ve seen in his career so far.
Dominant. Another absolutely dominant performance. Jared Goff had all day in the pocket to pick apart the Chargers’ defenders and was only sacked once where he simply held the ball for too long. Oh yeah, the rushing attack also averaged 4.9 yards per carry. This group of five needs to stick together for as long as possible.
WR Cooper Kupp
Cooper Kupp wasn’t given a ton of chances to make big plays in this one, but he still managed to register four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. His long of 53 yards was a beautiful scramble drill where he turned his route into a wheel route down the sideline securing a dart from Goff, breaking a tackle, and scampering his way to a 53-yard touchdown.