Week 12: Rams Rebound against the Saints
After getting shutout in the second half last week, the Rams were ready at home to overcome a hot Saints team, who were coming off a eight-game winning streak.
The Rams’ offense had a sour taste from last week against the Vikings as they were essentially shutout 7–24. With that in mind, Rams quarterback Jared Goff stepped up his game at home with 354 passing yards and two touchdowns with completions to eight different receivers. The Saints went head-to-head with the Rams but the defense did just enough to come up with the victory.
Alvin Kamara and the Rams’ Run defense
With Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara, you can’t stop him — you can only hope to contain him. Kamara finished with 180 all-purpose yards against the Rams’ front seven defense which included a 33-yard touchdown reception in the flats and a 74-yard touchdown run. However, when you take out those two plays, the Rams’ did everything else right to contain the Saints’ power run game. Outside of that, the Saints were held to 16 carries for 49 rushing yards which comes out to a 3.06 yard per carry average. It’s hard to ignore the impact Kamara made with those two plays but by limiting the run game, the Rams won the time of possession 35:26-24:34.
The Other Rams’ Receivers
The Rams top receiver, Robert Woods, is out with a shoulder injury for the next couple of weeks which meant the Rams’ other playmakers had to step up. That certainly happened as we finally saw Sammy Watkins receive his fair share of targets with four catches for 84 yards, including the opening touchdown. The player that I’m particularly proud of is rookie receiver Cooper Kupp, who responded with his first 100-yard receiving game after making two costly errors the previous week. Kupp led the Rams with eight catches for 116 yards, including a long 56-yard reception that set up the Rams for their second touchdown before halftime.
Kupp led the Rams with eight catches for 116 yards, including a long 56-yard reception that set up the Rams for their second touchdown before halftime.
It was a complete game for the Rams only all phases of the game. The passing game was on point (354 passing yards), the defense held the Saints’ run game in check, and the special teams was superb (four field goals, three punts inside the 20). Keep in mind that the Rams just defeated a similarly built team to the Vikings who they just lost to the previous week.
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