It was another ugly game for the Rams, but at least they got the victory.
The Rams beat the New York Giants by a score of 17-9 on Sunday at home.
The Giants should have been an easy win and with what the Rams showed us in weeks 2 and 3 the score should have been much higher.
It was a weird game. The game might have been overshadowed by the personal beef between cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Giant’s wide receiver Golden Tate. The game was really chippy not just between these two. It was like watching a rivalry game. These are my observations from the win.
In the first three weeks, the Rams averaged 170 rushing yards per game. In week four they only 58 rushing yards. The Giants through three games have allowed 123 rushing yards per game. The Rams should have run all over the field against the Giants. You can’t blame the absences of Cam Akers for the Rams poor run game in week four. Last week the Rams still ran for 167 yards.
The Rams running backs could not get past New York’s linebackers. Darrel Henderson and Malcolm Brown averaged 3.45 yards per carry on 17 carries. The only rushing touchdown came from tight end Gerald Everet. Over the Rams 17 carries the Giants were able to record seven tackles for loss. The offensive line could not block New York’s defensive front three.
The run game is a huge part of the Rams offense, especially on scoring. Through three weeks the Rams averaged two rushing touchdowns a game. Tyler Higbee scored three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles but that was supported by rushing touchdowns from Henderson and Robert Woods. Against the Giants, they only had one rushing touchdown.
The Rams don’t need the running game for the passing game to be successful.
The common thought in football is that your run game sets up your passing game. The Rams proved that’s not always true. They passed for 200 yards against the Giants, the lowest passing yards in a game for the Rams. Wide receivers averaged eight yards per reception. Even without the rushing game, the Rams were just as efficient on the pass as they have been the whole season.
The offensive line has been great in pass protection. They’ve only allowed opposing defenses two sacks and four QB hits per game. They’re giving Jared Goff enough time to get the pass off and it’s elevating his game. Goff completed almost 80% of his passes this week and is incredibly effective when the offensive line is playing at its best.
This is only a one-game sample but the offensive line has been dominating on pass protection.
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