5. No Donald, no problem for defense
In what ended up being one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, the Los Angeles Rams were thrilled to see Aaron Donald finally put an end to his holdout, although only time will tell when it comes to whether he will receive a new contract. Still, the important factor for the Rams is their defensive superstar will finally begin to practice with the team since there was some concern over how long his holdout would last after missing the entire preseason.
As for how the defense looked against the Indianapolis Colts, let’s just say Los Angeles was thrilled to see that Scott Tolzien is nowhere close to the playing level of Andrew Luck when looking at the kind of performance Wade Phillips‘ squad put together. Not only did the unit return two interceptions for a touchdown, but also the Rams’ defense even recorded a safety in the second half while holding the Colts to scoring just nine points the entire game.
If there was any game to not have Donald in the lineup, Los Angeles felt confident enough that it would be this one. And when Donald is in fact ready to go for an actual game, it’s only going to make the Rams that much stronger on defense.