Rams Feel Right at Home
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
There’s nothing like “home-cooking” as the Los Angeles Rams who began their 2019 home schedule with a 27-9 win over New Orleans to run it’s record to (2-0).
Some called it a “Revenge Game” after a call (or non–call) in last year’s playoff game helped the Rams move on to the Super Bowl.
In the first quarter of this matchup we saw Saints QB Drew Brees throw a pass and his hand collided with Rams tackle Aaron Donald’s hand. The veteran left the game, not to return. “I’m concerned,” said Brees. ” I hope it’s not nothing significant.” We would find out later the
future Hall of Famer will have surgery and would be out at least six weeks.
The Home team led 6-3 at the half after two Greg Zuerlein field goals, the first coming on a 7 play 56-yard drive highlighted by a Jarred Goff to Brandon Cooks 57 yard pass that brought the crowd of 71,400 to its feet.
Goff was steady all day completing 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards including a 2 yard bullet like TD pass to Cooks with 2:37 in the third that put the L.A. up 20-6. Goff also ran for a score.
The next Rams possession saw Cooper Kupp make an incredible play catching a pass from Goff and racing 67 yards from what appeared to be a touchdown but the replay official put him down at the one foot line.
“It was the greatest catch and run I have ever seen” said Rams Head Coach Sean McVay.
Kupp had 5 receptions for 120 yards on the day. Brandon Cooks had 3 catches for 74 yards. Todd Gurley rushed for 63 yards and a score.
Teddy “Take it to the Bridge” Bridgewater was 17 of 30 passing with no TD’s after taking over for Brees.
The Rams defense held the Saints to just 280 yards of offense. Johnny Johnson III had an interception.
Rams LB Cory Littleton finished with eight tackles to lead the team. “The coaches put together a great game plan and everybody did their job.” said Littleton. “We believe in the next man up. We all know he can do the job too.”
The Rams are at Cleveland next Sunday night.