The LA Rams burned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary in Week 3. In that one, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a 75 touchdown bomb to WR DeSean Jackson. That was just one of the Rams passing plays that seemed to confuse the Buccaneers’ secondary all day long. The Rams quarterback played very well in that one, completing 27 of 38 for 343 yards and four touchdowns.
The Rams offense rushed 24 times in that game for 76 yards. But it was the passing game that was the story in that game.
So the LA Rams would need to run their offense some other way in this one, right? After all, the Bucs defense is fully restored for this one. The excuse for the Rams’ success was that the Buccaneers’ secondary was riddled with injuries. If their defense was at full strength, the Rams could never have beaten them with such a deep touchdown pass. Oh really?
So how can anyone rationalize the fact that Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped back on a third down and 20-yards to go from then LA Rams 30-yard line, and found a wide-open Cooper Kupp streaking down the field on a 70-yard touchdown bomb?
The pass was the second touchdown pass in this one. Earlier in the game, Stafford found a seldom-used tight end, Kendall Blanton, for a seven-yard touchdown pass. At the 9:00 mark in the second quarter, Stafford has completed nine of 14 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams have rushed just seven times for 14 yards, but it’s been enough of a ground game to pull the safeties close and open those deep routes.
With the Rams jumping out to an early two-score lead, the offense has helped the defense quite a bit. So far, not only are the LA Rams ahead on the scoreboard, but the Rams have been winning the battle on Time of Possession.
The Rams offense seems to be in sync right now. And with Stafford’s ability to throw that deep touchdown pass, this game is feeling like a solid performance by the team so far.