The Los Angeles Rams now 5-1 took a quarter to get warmed up and then caught fire. Matched up against a banged up New York Giants, the Rams fired on all cylinders on the way to a win at the Meadowlands. Here is a breakdown of the performances by position group and the resulting letter grade.
Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 28 passes for 251 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Stafford was sacked twice both of which could be considered coverage sacks as he held on to the ball after adequate time to work progressions but he held on to the ball and still has not given up a fumble. Overall, Stafford had an impressive day posting a 78.5% completions rate and throwing a few nice balls to Cooper Kupp and Darrell Henderson that displayed touch and accuracy, a touchdown to Robert Woods demonstrating velocity and timing and then also a no look pass to Kupp showing off elite confidence and ability.
Darrell Henderson Jr handled the load of a lead back today with 21 carries that resulted in 78 yards and touchdown. He also had two catches for 29 yards and a receiving touchdown. His touchdown catch was especially impressive given his route running display. Sony Michel was also productive posting 42 yards on nine carries for a 4.7 yard average. Ball security adds to the grade with a full load and no fumbles.
Cooper Kupp had nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. We could almost begin to grade this group on Kupp alone. His consistent ability to find and maximize windows and be on time for the QB is again what led to this weeks production. Add in Kupp's elite hands and field awareness you get a touchdown to the flat on a fourth and goal where he secures the catch right at the sideline, plants the feet in bounds at the one and leans in to break the plane all within inches of the boundary. Add in Kupp's run after catch talents and you get a short pass that Kupp takes 13 yards into the end zone. Robert Woods had two catches and one touchdown. The blocking contributions by mainly Kupp and Woods are again adding to this groups grade.
Tyler Higbee had five catches for 36 yards. Johnny Mundt was injured and left the game with a knee issue and by way of Sean McVay’s presser comments it seems like he may miss some time.
The offensive line allowed two sacks but those could very well be considered coverage sacks and adequate time to work progressions was afforded before the walls caved in. However, the offense seemed to otherwise be clicking while posting 365 total yards and 38 points. Stafford had protection to get off four touchdown passes, Henderson and Michel combined for 130 yards rushing and a 4 yard average.
The Giants were held to 60 rushing yards and their primary running back for the day Devontae Booker had a 3.4 yard average. Aaron Donald had a tackle for a loss an assisted sack and was an all around menace creating pressure and even batted down a pass. There will be more competitive offensive fronts than the Giants group on this day but when expected to dominate the line of scrimmage the Rams D line did just that.
Leonard Floyd had a sack (and a half), Terrell Lewis had a sack, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo had a strip sack that was recovered by the Rams. This group had a day making things difficult of Daniel Jones and the Giants offense. Kenny Young and Troy Reeder get good grades for run support as the NY run game was stagnant without Saquon Barkley against this group.
This group is graded on a bit of a curve this week as Rams were without one of their starting cornerbacks and the Giants were without two of their starting receivers. On the Rams, Darious Williams missed the game on IR, rookie Robert Rochell and Dontae Deayon fill in while on the Giants, Kenny Golladay was out with injury and Kadarius Toney left the game early in the first quarter. Given those changes, the Giants came away 242 yards of passing yards, no passing touchdowns, and Rochell grabbed one of the defenses three interceptions.
After a lot of scrutiny over the first five games, Taylor Rapp had a day with snatching two interceptions off of Daniel Jones. Playing in underneath zone coverages on both plays, Rapp was in the right spot, got a good read on the quarterbacks vision, anticipated the cross and the out route just right to take advantage of his opportunities. The only curve here would be that this was a QB that doesn’t rank near the top ten on anyone’s list and does not demonstrate any ability to disguise his progressions. Nonetheless Rapp took advantage.
Punter Johnny Hekker almost got on the passer stat column by connecting with Ben Skowronek on a fake punt but it got called back due to a penalty. Hekker did punt four times all inside the twenty. Matt Gay was 100% hitting one for one on his field goal attempts and made four of four extra points.
Overall, the Rams played an excellent game against a team that is playing at the lower end of the tiers and dealing with injuries. When put in a position to show how dominant they can be, big plays and a one sided game were produced. Momentum from this game and a 5-1 record is what the Rams have as they roll on to week seven to take on the 0-6 Detroit Lions at SoFi Stadium.