Rams’ offense, led by Matthew Stafford and Kyren Williams, wins 26-9 over Cardinals at SoFi

Rams defense didn’t allow a single touchdown. Ernest Jones led all tacklers with 10. The pass rush was solid all day with quarterback hits (9) and pressures. The secondary held its own collectively recording seven pass breakups, including two from Cobie Durant and Ahkello Witherspoon. 

Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23) runs the football against Arizona Cardinals cornerback 

Antonio Hamilton Sr. (33) and linebacker Dennis Gardeck (45). (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports© Provided by Ram Digest on FanNation)

 

Earl Heath  

Contributing Sports Writer

 

Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford was not lighting up the field  only completing  8-of-15 pass attempts in the first half. as the got off to a slow start coming away with just two first half field goals Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers were given just three carries for a total of five yards. 

To start the second half it was a 17-yard run Williams 6-yard run by Williams 14-yard run by Williams 10-yard run by Williams 6-yard run by Ronnie Rivers 2-yard run by Rivers 6-yard run by Williams 1-yard loss by Williams 

In total, the Rams gained 60 yards on those eight run plays, moving the ball methodically down the field. The drive concluded with Stafford hitting Cooper Cupp with a 13-yard touchdown pass. 

That ignited the team to a 26-9 win over Arizona in front of 71,202 fans at So-Fi Stadium. The helped run the Rams record to (3-3). 

The question is what led to the change coming out of the break. Sean McVay shed a little light on the subject after the game when asked what was said to his players in the locker room. 

“What would you guess, he Williams was running like a man on a mission,” said McVay . 

Even the defense was sparked by the action of Williams who rushed for a career high 158 yards on 20 carries. 

“It gave us juice,” said Aaron Donald. “I was on the sideline. It got going and we just go out and do our job on defense.” 

Rams defense didn’t allow a single touchdown. Ernest Jones led all tacklers with 10. The pass rush was solid all day with quarterback hits (9) and pressures. The secondary held its own collectively recording seven pass breakups, including two from Cobie Durant and Ahkello Witherspoon. 

It held Arizona to 4 of 12 on third down and 203 yards passing. Defensive end Jonah Williams recorded the first sack of his NFL career The two-year veteran played 29 games before this moment. He was never able to get that initial quarterback sack. 

In the first quarter on a third-and-short Williams ran down CARDS QB Josh Dobbs and brought him down for a 13 yard loss.. 

“It was phenomenal and awesome,” Williams said later. “(Defensive lineman Donald) was supposed to be in there and make the play, but (linebacker) Ernest (Jones) made a really good move in the A-gap, so he opened it up for me. It’s probably the coolest feeling in the world, at least for a D-lineman.” 

Now the RAMS have to prep for The Pittsburg Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. 

ADD RAMS: The Rams are now shorthanded as afterwards it was learned both Williams and Ronnie Rivers were injured in the team’s win over the Cardinals. and it appears that one of those backs will be out for a significant amount of time. Williams, suffered an ankle injury and is “expected to miss multiple games,” according to a source, but he should be back no later than after the Rams’ Week 10 bye when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Off the field cornerback Derion Kendrick was reportedly arrested for suspicion of illegal gun possession just hours after the team’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. The 23-year-old was stopped in a vehicle for a traffic violation in Hollywood. 

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