By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78
LA Rams 33 – Seattle Seahawks 31
The Los Angeles Rams continued their winning streak with a tight 33-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
This was a close game – and one on the road that many teams would have lost. But not the Rams!
There is only one other team, the Kansas City Chiefs, who have yet to lose a game. If this trend continues, Week 11 could be the most exciting of the season.
That doesn’t mean this is a perfect team – surprisingly, even with defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, the Rams offense is seemingly better than the defense. Am I being too hard on these guys? Expecting too much? Suh had 7 tackles and a sack, Donald had 2 tackles and sack. Losing cornerback Aqib Talib has definitely hurt the team, and the Seattle Seahawks were able to run over LA’s defense way more than what is comfortable.
The lack of consistency is always frustrating, and this defense just isn’t completely gelling yet. They’re giving up a bit too much in third downs – 7 of 12 just this week. How long can the offense cover the deficiencies? Scoring 30+ points/game is amazing and awesome, especially when it’s done for two in a row, but is it sustainable?
Quarterback Jared Goff is emerging as one of the top QBs in the league, leading the Rams to look like perhaps the best team in the league at this point. Each week Goff appears more confident, completing more passes each game.
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— The Majors LA ? (@TheMajorsLA) October 8, 2018
This is especially impressive considering how unrattled he was, even when losing and playing in the loudest stadium in the league. After a Seahawks punt gave Goff the ball back with 10 minutes left, he led the Rams on a nine-play, 61-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal. He threw two interceptions in the game, but no incompletions.
The Rams have had a rough time of it so far this season with injuries, and this Week 5 was no exception. BOTH wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks left the game with concussions. I’m hopeful they won’t miss any time, but Cooks looked pretty out of it after his hit.
If Cooper Kupp and Brandon Cooks miss any time due to concussions look to Josh Reynolds to be the number 2 WR behind Robert Woods in a high power offense #ffupdate
— Benjamin Reynolds (@ffupdateBR) October 9, 2018
That isn’t to say their replacements are worthless – quite the opposite! WR Robert Woods ended up with 92 yards, and WR Josh Reynolds had his first two catches of the season. I think if he needs to play in Denver, the Rams will be able to rely on him to carry a big role.
Week 6 takes the Rams to Denver to face the Broncos. Can they go 3-0 against the AFC West? I think this week is a lock, against a struggling Broncos.
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