By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After back to back road trips cross country the L.A. Rams returned home and came out with a hard fought 17-9 win against the stubborn New York Giants.
The Rams (3-1) led a low scoring first half (10-6) as TE Gerald Everett scored on an end around run from the two-yard line.
The home team could not get the usual 300 plus yards passing on offense. Jarred Goff completed 25 of 32 passes for 200 yards and a 55 yarder to Cooper Kupp. The big thing is they came out with the win.
“Three and one is great,” said Goff. “It’s better than 2-2, 1-3 or 0-4, but you would love to be 4-0”
After all the LA offense who averaged 170 yards a game on the ground only mustarded up 58. Coming into the game they were third in the league in rushing and seventh in scoring. The G-Men (0-4) out-gained them in total yards 295 to 240. They also led in time of possession 33:17 to 26:43.
“We were probably a little more conservative than I would have liked to have been,” said Head coach Sean McVay. “But we couldn’t get anything going in the run game.”
The defense was stiff enough to hold them to just three field goals. They had 5 sacks on the day with 8 quarterback hits. Taylor Trapp who started in place of the injured Jordan Fuller led the team with 8 tackles 1 solo.
Darius Williams had a key interception stopping a Giant drive with under a minute left, Giants QB Daniel Jones tried to hit Damion Ratley at the five yard line, that when Williams dove in front of Ratley and made interception that killed the drive to save the day for the Rams.
“Guys were just stepping up making plays,” said Aaron Donald who had two tackles and .5 sack fighting double and triple teams all day. “We have 11 guys on the field at any time one of these guys can make a play and a game changing play at anytime.”
RAM NOTES: The next three of four games are on the road they visit Washington next week, then open up AFC West competition at the 49ers. They host the Bears at SoFi, then head back east to take on the Dolphins. LA continues a great habit of low penalties, they only have 1 this game. The most they have had was 5 against the Bills last week.