IV: Terrell Lewis
The oft-maligned outside linebacker Terrell Lewis was solid today. While he ended the day with just two tackles, it was his third straight game with a quarterback sack and places him firmly into third place on the team in terms of quarterback sacks.
But the performance is as much about what Lewis did not do as what he did in this one. The Rams contained mobile quarterback Daniel Jones in the pocket. Jones rushed (scrambled) three times for just four yards. If you recall, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was incredibly adept at moving in the pocket to put the pressure on the Rams the entire game.
Jones, also blessed with the ability to run, had the potential to create a lot of frustration in this one. But the Rams are improving on defense against dual-threat quarterbacks. In Week 6, the defense allowed Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to generate just 205 yards in offense.
That accounts for the story of this game.
Lewis was strong, disciplined, and fast. Even as veteran outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was putting up a huge performance of his own, Lewis was showing up as the perfect bookend. He appeared to have grown up practically overnight, avoiding cheap inside lanes, and remaining in his contain pass-rush.
There were plenty of stars in this game. Taylor Rapp has his best ever game with two interceptions and nearly coming down with two more. Leonard Floyd has 2 sacks and a fumble recovery. Even defensive tackle Aaron Donald had a huge game, showing up and shooting through the offensive line for huge tackles.
The LA Rams need to find players to lean on in future games. They found four players who earned the opportunity for larger roles next week.