The Los Angeles Rams traveled to the desert for their first road game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. LA came away with a 20-12 victory, as the Rams’ defense strangled the Cardinals offense for much of the game. Of course, Rams Twitter was pleased with the win.
LA started hot in this one, with a quick three-and-out immediately followed by a blocked punt courtesy of defensive lineman Michael Hoecht. This set the Rams up with great field position at the Cardinals 35-yard line.
one handed too holy that was a sexy block— alex (@xgenalexrev) September 25, 2022
It was a sexy block indeed.
Brandon Powell, who continues to take snaps away from Tutu Atwell, was the victim of a clear facemask which would have given the Rams a first and goal opportunity. The refs decided to pick up the flag, denying LA a fresh set of downs.
@NFL refs already fxxking up this @RamsNFL @AZCardinals game. Flag thrown on the play. Refs wave it off, no face masking, they say. Replay shows… absolutely face masking.— Pat (@pacjun10) September 25, 2022
I didn’t know @MLB Angel Hernandez also officiates football games! pic.twitter.com/fyEk7JTOnC
No problem though. Allen Robinson beat his defender to the inside on a quick slant and an easy touchdown for the first score of the game. Oh, wait. The ball went right through his damn hands.
Remember when Allen Robinson was going to be an upgrade over Robert Woods? Pepperidge Farms remembers. Too early in the season maybe? pic.twitter.com/d2JkSE8pT8— WI Rams Fan (@iramsfan) September 26, 2022
Allen Robinson managers searching for fantasy points pic.twitter.com/cnaEWU6pUC— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLFantasy) September 25, 2022
Los Angeles was unable to take advantage of the promising field position to start the game, settling for a Matt Gay field goal for the first points of the game.
When all else fails, find ways to get Cooper Kupp the ball. The Rams did just that, leading to Kupp’s first rushing touchdown of his career on a 20-yard jet sweep. I’d honestly like to see more of those please.
BEST IN THE LEAGUE— Fredrik ☄️ (@freddew0w) September 25, 2022
Despite only scoring 10 points in the first quarter, the Rams dominated Arizona, leading some to speculate if Kyler Murray studied the game film for at least four hours leading up to the NFC West battle.
Let’s break down mr Kyler Murray and his 200 million dollar worth pic.twitter.com/joUxpZQavR— Coach Jason Brown (@TheRealCoach_JB) September 25, 2022
Some glaring first-quarter stats:— Tyler Drake (@Tdrake4sports) September 25, 2022
- Arizona went 0-3 on third down.
- Rams outgained the Cardinals 158 yards to 26.
- One first down for Arizona compared to eight for Los Angeles.
He spent much of the day running for his life, as the defense consistently found their way into the backfield. Though Greg Gaines was unable bring Murray down for a sack, he made his presence felt on more than one occasion.
One man who did register a sack was Aaron Donald, and it was quite the historic sack. AD tripped up the former Heisman Trophy winner for the 100th sack of his Hall of Fame career. He became the fastest defensive tackle to reach that historic achievement.
9️⃣9️⃣ stretchin' out for 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣. pic.twitter.com/OyqubWqbIB— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 25, 2022
Donald and the rest of the Rams defense continued to stifle the Cardinals offense, keeping them out of the end zone for the entirety of the game.
Cam Akers would ultimately put the game away with a 14-yard touchdown run, led by my favorite fullback Ben Skowronek. I would also like to see more of this please.
Wicked block by Ben Skowronek here to open the hole/running lane for Cam Akers https://t.co/iyMzn4yFpV— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) September 25, 2022
The Rams now shift their focus from a team that they have dominated over the past few years to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has had LA’s number outside of the NFC Championship. Here’s to starting a win streak against the 49ers.