The Los Angeles Rams (2-0) defeated the Arizona Cardinals (0-2) 34-0. LA is 2-0 for the first time since 2001. The Rams absolutely dominated the Cardinals from the start of the game. This divisional rivalry has really started to earn a reputation for blowout games. The last three games the Rams have played the Cardinals, LA has outscored them 99 to 16.
All-Star Rd Todd Gurley went off against the Cardinals having 3 total touchdowns on the day. The Rams offense feed Gurley early and often in the first half. Gurley did not have many rushing yards which were most likely due to field positioning. Todd Gurley had a total of 73 yards with 3 scores while only playing 3 quarters because of an early exit for cramps. Injury report says that Gurley is fine and sat the entire 4th quarter cause of the blowout score.
Rams’ defense was superb this week holding the Cardinals offense to only 137 total yards. The Rams defense put pressure on QB Sam Bradford all game forcing bad decision making and turnovers. “If we can play elite defense like that and put up zeroes across the board and let our offense just run up and down the field, so be it,” defensive tackle Suh said after the game.-via ESPN. LA’s defense was elite against a weak Arizona offense and will look to continue this all season.
OB Jared Goff had a solid game going over 300 yards for the first time this season. Goff has looked decent so far this year and will continue to look for his favorite new target Brandin Cooks. Cooks has had over 17 targets in two games and seems to fit perfectly as the No. 1 option for this Rams offense going forward. Cooks has yet to find the end zone with his new team but that hasn’t stopped him from racking up the yards having 246 already this season.
Special Teams will win or lose you games, just looks at the many examples of this week. LA lost their All-Pro returner Pharoh Cooper but quickly signed JoJo Natson. Natson made a solid debut having a nice 60-yard return to set up the Rams offense for a score. The Rams lost kicker Greg Zuerlein right before the game due to a groin injury. The Rams are hoping they get Zuerlein back before the Battle of LA against the Chargers.
The Rams have played some of the best football in the league, scoring over 30 points in the past two games. The defense has only allowed 13 total points all season and will have the Chargers next week at home. Starting the season 2-0 in a surprisingly weak NFC West division, the Rams are in perfect position to make the playoffs and possibly secure home-field advantage.
The LA Battle starts next week when the Rams host the Chargers Sep 23rd, 4:05 pm.