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2020 Rams Recall: A Week 4 win vs the Giants

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Losing to the Bills in the fashion that they did in Week 3, the Rams could have fallen into the trap that many teams do after an emotional game: losing some more.

Instead, the Rams returned home from a two-game road trip to host the Giants, a winless team coming off of a 36-9 defeat at the hands of Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers. New York allowed three touchdowns in the final 18 minutes of that loss, and they’d fall behind early in Week 4 against Los Angeles.

But the game remained tight throughout and the Rams needed every bounce and every ounce in order to reach 3-1.

Week 1 - Win over the Cowboys

Week 2 - Win over the Eagles

Week 3 - Loss to the Bills

Week 4 - (2-1) LA Rams vs (0-3) NY Giants

Important Personnel Notes:

  • Malcolm Brown 35 snaps, Darrell Henderson 22 snaps, Cam Akers out
  • Van Jefferson now down to 3 snaps.
  • Jordan Fuller is OUT, Taylor Rapp plays in 100% of the defensive snaps.
  • Terrell Burgess gets 19 snaps.
  • Micah Kiser leaves after 44 snaps, will miss Week 5.
  • Ogbonnia Okoronkwo’s 30 snaps would be a season-high. He had 1 sack, 1 PD.

I’ve been noting how LA is so much better in the first quarter than the rest of the game, and this is no different. The Rams forced a quick three-and-out, including a sack shared by Aaron Donald and Samson Ebukam, to get the ball on offense less than two minutes into the game.

Jared Goff went 5-of-6 on the drive, gaining 49 yards on those plays, while Darrell Henderson had four carries for 12 yards. LA got into the end zone on a Gerald Everett run from two yards up to go up 7-0 early after a PAT by Sam Sloman.

The game rarely gets more interesting than that.

Between 6:00 remaining in the first quarter and 6:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, there are three field goals by the Giants’ Graham Gano, one by Sam Sloman, and the score is 10-9 midway through the final quarter. Everett lost a fumble. There were 10 punts in the game, combined.

Key Play:

Then Cooper Kupp happened.

The Giants turned it over on downs once, then Daniel Jones was intercepted by Darious Williams and that was the game.

Final Score: Rams 17, Giants 9

Up next: 3-1 Rams at Washington Football Team