After a big win like this, it’s tough to wrangle up players for the “loser” section, but that’s just how these things work.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the players who earned some much-needed props for their play against the Bucs and those who underwhelmed on Monday night.
RB Cam Akers
While the running game as a whole was abysmal, Akers earns his spot among the winners after scoring his first professional touchdown on a four-yard pass from Jared Goff. He finished the game with only 15 yards rushing on five carries, but when it’s a milestone like this, you have no reason but to celebrate.
Akers has shown plenty of potential throughout his rookie season, but he’s stuck sharing the backfield with the likes of Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. The 2020 season may not be the one Akers had hoped for, but the Florida State product is doing his best to make the most of his rookie campaign.
WRs Cooper Kupp & Robert Woods
It was a phenomenal outing for both of the Rams star wideouts against the Bucs as each hauled in double-digit passes for well over 100 yards receiving. Woods also got in the end zone on a first-quarter score.
At times, it seemed like the only three players on the field for the Rams were Jared Goff, Kupp, and Woods. Kupp showed off his superior YAC ability while Woods just kept showing up when Goff needed him the most.
By the end of the game, the two combined for 23 catches for 275 yards and a lone score. This is the type of outing that Rams fans expect from their dynamic duo on a weekly basis and the two were happy to oblige under the lights.
S Jordan Fuller
What a night for the rookie out of Ohio State. Not only can he now walk around and tell his friends and family that he picked off the G.O.A.T., but he can claim to have picked him off TWICE in the same game, with the second effectively ending the game and crushing all hope the Bucs had left.
Fuller made his presence felt from the very first game of the season against the Cowboys. He’s continued to improve throughout the 2020 season and the Rams may have truly found a gem in the 2020 sixth-round pick.
QB Jared Goff
Goff had his best outing of the year in terms of yardage output against Tampa Bay but he really put the Rams in a tough situation when he threw his second interception of the night on a potential put-away drive with a little under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Luckily for them he came back and made the plays he needed to get the victory, but two interceptions is never a good thing, especially against top competition. It’s Goff’s second game with two interceptions in the last three weeks, so while the team is finding themselves winning, he cant expect the defense to bail him out on a weekly basis.
K Matt Gay
In his first game as a Ram that also happened to be against his former team, Gay missed a 44-yard field goal early in the third quarter. The Rams have struggled enough with kickers this season and it doesn’t bode well for Gay that it took him two kicks before he recorded his first miss with his new team.
I don’t think there’s any immediate action taken to bring in more kicking competition, but Gay’s leash is going to stay short for the time being.