By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a day for big plays as the Rams took on the Washington football team at FedEx field in Landover, Maryland.
The team came away with a 30 -10 win on their third trip in 4 weeks to the East Coast and giving them a sweep of the NFC East. All a team can do is play who are put in front of them. LA has wins over Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, and now Washington (1-4). It marks the first time Head coach Sean McVay has swept a division since 2017 (NFC South).
After the defense forced an early punt the offense got things going as QB Jarred Goff led them on a 10 play 76-yard drive with Darrell Henderson taking it in from the one-yard line to give L.A. a 6-0 lead as first year kicker Sam Sloman missed the PAT.
During the drive Goff completed third down passes of 17 and 23 yards to Gerald Everett and a 17 yarder to Josh Reynolds.
This was the third time in four games the Rams scored on their opening possession.
Goff finished the day completing 21 of 30 passes for 309 yards and one interception, giving him a QBR of 111.7. He came into the game as the leagues eight rated passer.
Trailing 7-6 Goff faked a hand-off to Henderson dropped back all the time looking downfield, he then hit Robert Woods with a 56-yard score to give L.A. the lead. It was Woods 30th career touchdown. He finished the day with 4 catches for 71 yards.
Goff began the game by completing his first ten passes.
The offense had several big plays as Goff connected with Cooper Kupp and Everett with a 40 and 49-yard completions and Reynolds with a 29 yarder.
Everett finished the day with 4 catches for 90 yards as LA rolled up 430 yards of offense.
“We’ve always known what our offense is downfield,” said Goff. “We were able to show a little bit.”
Washington QB Kyle Allen left the game in the second quarter with a head injury. Back-up Alex Smith came in for his first game since suffering a brutal leg injury in 2018. Since then he has had 17 surgeries. It was a touching moment after entered the game his wife Elizabeth and three kids were in the stands gave him a standing ovation.
Smith completed 9 of 17 passes for 37 yards.
The defense was led by Aaron Donald who tied a career high 4 sacks and Troy Reeder for started the injured Micah Kiser had 3 sacks to go with 10 tackles (7solo) and 3 QB hits. The defense held Washington to 38 yards rushing and 108 total yards of offense while accumulating eight sacks.
Reeder who plays mostly special teams started eight games last year and had 53 tackles.
“I prepare every week like I’m going to be in the game and support the guys who are and help them prepare,” said Reeder. “When your opportunity does come your expected to do your part and it doesn’t matter how much you’ve played.”
The Rams have outscored the NFC East 104-55. They played some good football and had only 5 penalties for 60 yards this game. Five is the most they’ve had all year.
RAM NOTES: Henderson (38 yard) Cam Akers (46) and Malcom Brown (30) helped the RAMS combine for 129 yards on the ground. Akers 46-yard run was the longest of his career. Goff’s 117 passer rating is the 4th straight week its been over 100. The Rams (8 sacks) tie the team for the most in a single game this season. Aaron Donald’s (4 sacks) and Reeder’s (3) make them the first duo to record 3 sacks in a game since 2017.