The Battle for LA was dominated by the Rams as they defeated the Chargers in week 3, Rams 35 Chargers 23. The Rams offense was on fire totaling over 500 plus yards against the Chargers. The club averaged over 7 yards per play and was completely controlling the time of possession all game. 3rd down efficiency was impressive going 8 for 11 but they need to clean up on the penalties and turnovers. QB Jared Goff might be the most underrated player in the NFL.
Jared Goff took over the game and looked like an All-Pro QB today. Goff stuffed the stat sheet with a crazy completion percentage, 29 of 36, 354 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. QB Goff was dropping dimes all over the field against the Chargers secondary. WR Cooper Kupp caught a nice 53 yard TD from Goff in the 3rd quarter. WR Robert Woods had his best game of the young season with 10 rec, 104 yards, 2 TDs. Jared Goff will need to keep that fire going on a short week against a strong Vikings defense Thursday night.
RB Todd Gurley continues his path for MVP as he had another big game having over 150 plus all-purpose yards. Gurley rushed for 105 yards and added another TD to his total of 5 on the season. Gurley will have a short week to recover and will face a stout Vikings front 7. The last time Gurley faced the Vikings defense, they held Gurley to under 40 yards rushing.
The Rams special teams continue to be one of the teams best weapons this season. Cory Littleton blocked a punt into a TD in the 2nd quarter. The Rams defense was all over the Chargers, causing turnovers and putting pressure on QB Philip Rivers. The Rams allowed some big plays by WR Mike Williams but were still able to hold on to the lead. CB Marcus Peters left the game with an apparent calf injury. Peters is scheduled to go in for x-rays tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.
The Rams face the Vikings on a short week on Thursday Night Football. Luckily for the Rams, this will be a home game and will save them from traveling. LA is now 3-0 and is the best team in the league. They will have big targets on their backs and every team will circle them on their schedule. This is a lot of pressure for a young coaching staff and players but this type of pressure is what makes or breaks championship teams.
-TJ BAIN @TopRatedSports