5 takeaways from LA Rams second victory

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The LA Rams compete in the very grueling and physical sport of professional football.  And yet even as the team’s record improves to 2-0, the laundry list of ‘gotta fix that’ list seems to be growing, not shrinking. But to be fair, should it be shrinking just yet?

I mean, after all, this is a brand new offense, a retooled defense, and a special teams unit that is for all practical purposes, under construction.  So far, the Rams have won both games.  The LA Rams have a solid kicker in Matt Gay who they can trust to make a field goal. It took half of the 2020 NFL season before the team found a kicker who could be counted on.

Perhaps it’s better this way. This is a team that should be getting better as the season progresses. After all, the players on this roster have been working towards improving their ability to synch up.   While we’ve seen the result of just one receiver getting into a groove with quarterback Matthew Stafford by the name of Cooper Kupp, we know that the Rams have plenty more where that came from. So far, the Rams have deployed just enough offense to get the job done.

Takeaway I: Rams defense is stingier than you think

The LA Rams defense may not be winning in style points, but it’s not the carnage that some treat it to be on social media. The defense denied the Indianapolis Colts any points despite a first and goal from the one-yard line. Not just denying them a touchdown. The Rams denied them a score of any points. In fact, thanks to a sack of Colts QB Carson Wentz by Leonard Floyd, the offense took over on downs at the 10-yard line.

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Seven of the points surrendered by the Rams team are attributable to special teams. By rights, the Rams defense has been very effective, surrendering just 14 points in game one, and 17 points in game two. While some are displeased with the fact that they do not force three and outs with each possession, I believe the criticism is as of yet unfounded.