Week 2 WAS vs. LAR Post Game Thoughts
Despite coming fighting back late, the Rams gave way to the Redskins late in the fourth quarter
Redskins 27 Rams 20
With 1:41 left in the fourth quarter tied 20–20, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins found Ryan Grant for the game-winning touchdown to put them up a score. Rams rookie quarterback Jared Goff, who had a relatively good day with 224 passing yards, got the ball back with the chance to match. Goff stared down rookie slot receiver Cooper Kupp in the flats and was subsequently picked off by Redskins’ linebacker Mason Foster.
Todd Gurley — After a forgettable sophomore season, Rams running back Todd Gurley is starting to look like the franchise player they drafted a couple years ago with the top pick. Gurley had 16 carries for 88 rushing yards but was also heavily featured in the passing game; he accounted for two touchdowns, including his first career receiving touchdown off this leap in the flats.
I like how McVay is finding ways to get the ball into Gurley’s hands and keep him motivated despite an underwhelming offensive line. There were many times last year it seemed like Gurley was frustrated with the Rams’ lackluster offense.
Run Defense — Despite the return of All-Pro Aaron Donald back, the Rams’ defensive line was uncharacteristically bad in this outing. The Redskins haven’t been known for a strong run game but found a way to gauge them for 230 rushing yards despite running back Robert Kelly leaving the game with a rib injury. Chris Thompson was the running back that became the X-Factor.
Robert Wood LVP — Rams receiver Robert Woods had a forgettable performance as he might’ve single-handedly shot the Rams in the foot. He drew two costly penalties in the fourth quarter that could’ve cost them a touchdown instead of a field goal while also dropping several passes, including a would be touchdown in the end zone.
The Rams spotted the Redskins an early 13–0 lead and were down 20–10 late but still found a way compete. Last year’s team wouldn’t have done that so I will give Rams’ head coach Sean McVay and his staff a lot of credit. It was the mental errors in the end that cost them the game.
The Los Angeles Rams have a road game against the San Francisco 49ers for Thursday Night Football.