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Rams News: 3 takeaways from LA’s win vs Seattle on Thursday Night Football

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 10/8/21

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks round one delivered as one of the traditional highlight matchups of the NFC West. On Thursday night, we got a little bit of everything, from three different quarterbacks, a double punt play, big plays from both offenses, finger injuries to both quarterbacks and more. Here are three main takeaways from the week five matchup.

ROBERT WOODS IS THE MAN

Woods became the fourth different game leading receiver for the Rams this season. In weeks one and two, Cooper Kupp led in receptions. It was DeSean Jackson who led the team in yardage against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Van Jefferson was the teams most productive in week four. After Thursday Night, thanks to a 12 catch 150 yard performance by Woods, the Rams move forward with a proven set of receivers who will represent the most versatile passing attack in the league.

THE SECONDARY HAS ISSUES

Cornerback David Long Jr was beat too many times against the Arizona Cardinals and was replaced for week 5 by rookie Robert Rochelle. Unfortunately it was not a substantial improvement. Rochelle got beat by Tyler Lockett for one of the first big gains of the game and then later got beat by DK Metcalf for a touchdown. Why he was covering Metcalf could be a question on the coaching but nonetheless Rochelle was not prepared for that assignment. Taylor Rapp continues to be a step behind in coverage and a repeat offender for missing tackles. Metcalf scored two touchdowns, one of which was against a high low coverage with Jalen Ramsey under and Rapp on the over.

MATTHEW STAFFORD DID BETTER, BUT CAN BE BETTER

Stafford had a few misses in the game like he did in week four whether it was a big miss to Van Jefferson on a curl or the end zone interception. At times it was a completion like the fourth quarter corner route to Cooper Kupp that could have been a touchdown if Kupp didn’t have to slide down for the catch with no one around him. However, unlike the week four loss, Stafford threw enough good balls and made enough connections to keep critical second half drives alive and hit Tyler Higbee with a nice pass for a Touchdown.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

What we learned from Rams’ win over Seahawks on Thursday night (NFL.com)

Rams QB Matthew Stafford ‘popped’ out finger, ‘threw it back in’ during Thursday’s win (NFL.com)

Aaron Donald sets new Rams record for career sacks (Rams.com)

Rams are 4th team ever to accomplish this feat in first 5 weeks of a season (RamsWire)

NFL NEWS:

Pete Carroll: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson suffered ‘badly sprained finger’ (NFL.com)

Ten players who will rebound after slow starts to the 2021 NFL season (NFL.com)

Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey feels good about possible return Sunday vs. Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN)

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield playing with partially torn labrum, source says (ESPN)