The beauty of LA Rams ugly wins lies in the eye of the beholder

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New York Giants

The second ugly victory came at the expense of the New York Giants. This was the game that fell on the schedule after the 35-32 loss at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. The Rams needed a victory desperately, and the winless New York Giants appeared to be the perfect team to provide one. Easy cheesy, lemon squeezy, right? Well, that’s not exactly how the game flow happened.

The final score revealed just what a defensive struggle this one was.  The Rams won by a score of 17-9, and this one was a dogfight nearly the entire game. Rams quarterback Jared Goff put up decent enough numbers. He completed 25 of 32 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. Of course, Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones was close behind with a 23 out of 36 completed for 190 yards and an ill-timed interception by the Rams defensive back Darious Willams.

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Defense dominates

Once more, the defense dominated in this one. The Rams allowed just nine points all game, and just three points in the second half. That was despite the Rams turning the ball over when tight end Gerald Everett caught a pass only to fumble it on the Rams 34 yards line.  With that field position, the Giants were able to move the ball just enough to score their first three points when Giants kicker Graham Gano came in to kick a 35-yard field goal.

The win was not pretty. The Rams struggled to move the ball due to a swarming Giants defense. The running game was completely stymied, gaining just 58 yards on the ground. All in all, this was a defensive struggle and the Rams came out on top.  The win was the third victory over an NFC East opponent, and was the game that truly pushed the Rams 2020 season expectations upwards.