The Los Angeles Rams (7-7) beat the Washington Commanders (4-10) by a score of 28-20 on Sunday. There was some drama in this one in the fourth quarter, but overall LA’s defense beat up the Washington offense for most of the game, especially in the first half. The Rams didn’t play a perfect game, Kyren Williams lost two fumbles and that prevented LA from really taking this game over. Regardless it’s a big win for LA as they try to push for a playoff spot.
As mentioned above, the Rams took an early lead with a field goal. Washington did try to respond, and they had a chance to tie the game or take a lead, but LA’s defense had other ideas.
The Commanders weren’t able to do much offensively in the first half.
Williams, as mentioned above did lose two fumbles, but he actually still managed to play a solid game. When he was able to hold onto the ball.
Even with the fumbles, Williams seemed to handle the bulk of the running back work, so it seems like Sean McVay still trusts him to the be the lead back. However Williams would be wise to clean that up. Better to learn now and in a win, but if LA wants to make a real push towards the playoffs they will need to take care of the ball.
The offense was able to put up 13 unanswered points in the first half. Matthew Stafford was dealing, and his receivers were making plays.
Coming out of halftime LA quickly struck for another touchdown to take a 20-0 lead.
Washington would score some touchdowns to make the score 28-14 and eventually made the score 28-20, but LA responded to keep Washington from getting any serious ideas of a comeback.
McVay seemed to make the right adjustments after halftime because LA’s passing attack opened up.
The defense played great for most of the game, but Derion Kendrick didn’t have the best day at cornerback for the Rams, and he got burned by Terry McLaurin more than once.
Despite some of those lapses, and credit McLaurin for making his plays, the defense was able to keep it together well enough to help lead LA to win number seven on the season.
I don’t know if there are any grand revelations after this game. LA won a game that they should have won. That’s that. Now LA won’t have too much time to celebrate as they need to get ready to take on the New Orleans Saints this coming Thursday. McVay and his team will want to keep stacking wins to earn the right to play after Week 18. They’ll find out in less than a week if they can win another game and get above a .500 record.