The LA Rams hosted the San Francisco 49ers in week 2 of the NFL season and left fans disappointed after a tough-fought battle...or did they? It is well-known that the 49ers have had the Rams' number,. winning 9 straight regular season games against their cross-state rivals.
Sunday's game in Week 2 was expected to be a blowout loss according to most experts and even casual NFL fans, but the young Rams squad laid it all out on the gridiron and went toe-to-toe with a 49ers team that many expected to win the NFC and make it to Super Bowl LVIII.
In fact, if not for a few mistakes, and a bit more consistency and objectivity from the referees, the LA Rams very well could have won the game. If there is one thing Rams fans should feel, it's an abundance of optimism about the direction the team is heading. Of course, there are still areas that need to be corrected. But overall, as a whole, there is plenty to be hopeful for about this team. So let's break down what those areas are based on what was seen in this game.
Rams show plenty of fight in these areas:
QB Matthew Stafford
I would liked to have given Rams starting quarterback Matthew Stafford an "A" for his performance today because many of the events in the game that went wrong had absolutely nothing to do with his performance.
There was one interception, however, that he shares blame with WR Van Jefferson. While Van Jefferson was responsible for running his route poorly on the play in question, Stafford still made the decision to throw the ball. Unlike the other interception that literally hit the receiver in the hands, this one was thrown to a spot where the receiver wasn't.
Excluding that one play, his performance was stellar and it's hard to ask for much more from the veteran signal caller. One thing that really stood out to me was the one time Stafford found himself under pressure. Prior to right guard Joe Noteboom being replaced with Tremayne Anchrum following an injury, he escaped the pocket and threw a dime to RB Kyren Williams for a first down.
Stafford ended the game by completing 34 of 55 passes thrown with 307 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
QB Matthew Stafford: B+