By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was just seven days earlier when the Rams were geared up to take on an ageless Tom Brady. The focus was so good they held the Hall of Fame quarterback in to just one TD pass.
This week while at home they faced a rising star in Arizona QB Kyler Murray. The third-year man who is 20 years younger than Brady but proved to be more elusive and about as quick thinking as Brady.
Murray would lead the Cards (4-0) to a 37-20 win over the Los Angeles in front of 70,431 at So-Fi Stadium.
When Murray connected with A J Green for 36-yard TD to put the Cards up 7-3 that was the first score the Rams gave up in the first period all year.
Murray finished the day going 24 of 32 for 268 yards and two touchdowns as the Cards rolled up 469 yards of offense.
“Its hard to simulate and mimic the speed he (Murray) plays with the athleticism and the instincts,” said Rams Coach Sean McVay. “That’s why he has done such a great job during the first month of the season, you have to give the guy credit.
Matthew Stafford and the offense turned the ball over more than anytime this season.
He threw an early interception that led to a Cardinal TD and Sony Michel fumbled which led to another score.
On the Day he completed 26 of 41 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams (3-1).
“I don’t think I made enough plays,” said Stafford. “There were some opportunities early in the game to score point and you know for me to make throws and I didn’t do that.”
His most efficient target was Van Jefferson who was targeted six times and had a career high six catches for 90 yards.
He drew praise from McVay: ”Van did a good job, he made the most of his opportunity creating after a catch.”
Jefferson had his best day as his farther a Cardinal assistant coach Shawn Jefferson looked on from the opposite sideline.
Darryl Henderson led the team in rushing with 89 yards on 14 carries. That’s the second most in his career. His game high was 114 against the Bills in 2020. It seemed the team could have used more of the running game but they were in a hole early on.
Safety Taylor Rapp led the team with 12 tackles including six solo. Leonard Floyd, Terrell Lewis and Sebastian Joseph each had a sack as the Rams had seven tackles for loss. Jalen Ramsey had two pass deflections. While the team had an interception in the first two games of the year, they have failed to get one in the last two.
This is a short week as they on Seattle on Thursday night. Stafford stated: : “The good thing about this is we play again on Thursday so I won’t have to sit and think about this too long. It will be a big challenge going into Seattle.”