The offense finally kicked into gear in Week 8, capping at a total of 470 yards. Defensively, the squad did all they had too — mustering together five sacks against Andy Dalton and his depleted offensive arsenal.
We gave you five players to watch pregame last week. We return to take a look at those five players’ performances.
Players to Watch
The Offensive Line
I previously mentioned the offensive line is a cohesive unit, and it acted as such in London. The line held stout, did not give up a sack, and gave Goff time to deliver the ball.
While this does not scream improvement, these are strides the offensive line can take and build on. Hell, rookie OL David Edwards is gelling well with the other four guys up front. Continuity is a good thing for these big fellas; lets keep it going.
CB Jalen Ramsey
It was the second week on the job for Ramsey and the Rams. From the look of things, all is well. Jalen had an active tackling night in the UK, totaling six tackles on the contest.
In a game where the oppenent ranked near the league’s bottom, the Rams’ secondary as a whole kept the lid shut. It did not give up a single touchdown (Joe Mixon’s 4-yard TD catch does not count).
Job well done, Ramsey & Co.
EDGE Dante Fowler, Jr.
I asked Fowler to follow up his three-sack performance with more of the good stuff. And boy, oh boy, did he provide. Dante recorded 1.5 sacks against the Bengals. Fellow edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo also notched in his first sack of the season — ending the match with 1.5 sacks.
It is a welcoming sight. The pass rushers had been a little quiet. Active edges equals more pressure on the QB and more disrupted throws.
A good day’s work from the pass rushers, in my opinion.
Darrell Henderson, Jr.
The running game still has a bit of ways to go, but London’s version of the ground and pound game is something we can work with. Star running back Todd Gurley did not have to do much; his rushing touchdown and 44 yards on ten carries was sufficient. Backup rookie Darrell Henderson picked up the rest of the slack and strung together 49 yards on 11 carries.
That, to me, looks like a functioning running back stable, fine ladies and gents.
WR Cooper Kupp
Boom. I muhfreakin called it, bruv. First name Cooper, Last name Kupp. Dude had an absolute monster of a game. 220 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches. He’s the winner, eating the chicken dinner.
Take a bow, Kupp.