Week 10: Rams beat Texans; Woods has a Career Day
The “Greatest Show on Turf” v. 2.0? The Rams are rolling a career day from Robert Woods
Texans 7 Rams 33
If Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson had been healthy, this might’ve been a competitive game. Instead, the Texans became the victims to a Rams’ offense that continues to fire on all cylinders. With the Rams leading the NFL with 32.9 points per game, is this the GSOT v. 2.0?
Goff to Woods
Who would’ve guessed that former Cal quarterback Jared Goff and former Trojan receiver Robert Woods would end up being a near perfect duo this season. Aside from Woods’ 94-yard touchdown in the first half, this was an all-around career performance; you can no longer peg him as just a possession receiver. Goff targeted Woods 10 times this game for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Conversely, Goff finished with a career-high 355 passing yards for three touchdowns; three of his receivers caught at least six catches.
All the attention this year has been on the Rams’ emerging offense but some things never change. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald continues to play at an All-Pro level. His presence was immediately felt as he strip sacked Texans’ Tom Savage on the first drive of the game. All in all, he finished the game as this week’s top defensive lineman with a 93.8 PFF rating based on his impact rushing the passer (9 hurries). His teammate Michael Brockers was no slouch either, providing a strong presence against the run. Brockers leads the NFL with a stuff rate — percentage of carries by running backs that are stopped at or before the line of scrimmage — of 17%.
It often gets lost in the shuttle but the Rams’ special teams was once again excellent this week. Kicker Greg Zuerlein converted four field goals and is on pace to actually lead the league in scoring. He’s currently atop the chart accounting for 114 points, making 28 of 29 field goals along with a perfect 30 extra points.
Aside from being down early, the Rams quickly rallied together with an overall team effort from all three aspects of the game. It seems like the Rams are running on all cylinders heading into the second half of the season; they came into this week with no players on the injury report.
The Los Angeles Rams play at the Minnesota Vikings. What makes this game interesting besides sharing the same record (7–2) is the fact that Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum was the Rams’ opening day starter last season when Goff was a rookie.