After a run of games where the offense failed to keep pace with the defense, the team finally showed up together in a solid team win
The LA Rams needed both the offense and defense to win against the Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps just as thrilling as the win itself is the way that this Rams team won in a huge game. In a huge stage, with all eyes on the Rams, it was a perfect opportunity for the team’s premium players to shine in the NFL spotlight. And the team would be grateful for them to do so.
But what actually happened displays the complete selflessness of the team. All Pro Aaron Donald was double and triple-teamed throughout the game. While the offensive line focused upon him, outside linebackers Leonard Floyd and Terrell Lewis made them pay by sacking a very elusive Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson five times.
Shut down to pick pockets
So too did All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey clamp down on the very talented Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. He was so effective that the Seahawks only threw four passes his direction. That meant that Wilson was throwing to the ‘other guys’, which meant that cornerback Darious Williams was able to intercept two passes in one game
The Rams defense was a perfect NFL clinical study of one-for-all-and-all-for-one. The entire unit played completely selfless football. And the results were pretty amazing.
For example, what about the Rams offense?
Run DMC and Goff
The LA Rams entered the game with every expectation of a shootout, and the offense was ready to put as many points on the scoreboard as possible. But a funny thing happened on the way to the final gun. The Rams were able to score three times on the ground against one of the stingiest rushing defenses in the NFL. All three running backs – Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown, and Cam Akers contributed to the outcome.
Not to be outdone, the Rams passing offense was crisp and efficient. Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for over 300 yards to eight different receivers. The greatest surprise is that Goff never threw into the endzone. But that is not to say that he failed the team. In fact, the Rams offense was another great ‘team play’ in that the team used ball control to manage 33.5 minutes of the 60 minute game clock.
The Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks, not on the back of one player, but rather on the backs of 53 players. The old cliche’ ‘team win’ has lost a lot of it’s meaning over time thanks to overuse. But this win, this victory, truly was about everyone player on the roster chipping in. Perhaps that is why this win is so special. This game was about everyone.