The Rams didn’t get off to the hottest start on offense, but Stafford settled down and found a groove after the first couple of drives. They were especially good on third down, converting 10 of 15 times in the game, which allowed them to sustain drives and maintain possession. They had two drives lasting at least eight minutes each.
It is crucial to pressure Tom Brady when you are playing the future Hall of Famer. The Rams did that Sunday. He was sacked three times, and he was put under tremendous pressure throughout the game. This forced him to give up the ball sooner than he wanted.
Sony Michel was able to get a good helping hand from Darrell Henderson Jr. He carried it 20 times for 67 yards, which isn’t a great average but he picked up yards against a dominant run defense when the Rams needed to. He was also great at pass protection.
Cooper Kupp continues to accumulate yards and touchdowns while having Stafford as his quarterback. He caught another two touchdown passes and had 96 yards on nine receptions, making big play after big play.
The offensive line was again a strength for this team. The Buccaneers did not generate any pressure and only managed one late sack on Stafford. Rob Havenstein, who did a remarkable job protecting the quarterback, was able to do that.
To close the game, McVay’s offense scored six consecutive possessions. The Rams offense responded even when the Bucs showed signs that they were starting to show some life.
…Matt Gay made a 26-yard field goal to cap off a 13-play, 67-yard drive that ate up eight minutes of clock. That put the Rams up 34-17, making it a three-score game with only 8: 14 left in the game.
Although it didn’t seal the victory, the Buccaneers were unable to overcome that deficit due to the way Los Angeles was playing defense.
No. 3 star: DeSean Jackson – 3 catches, 120 yards, 1 TD
No. 2 star: Cooper Kupp – 9 catches, 96 yards, 2 TDs
No. 1 star: Matthew Stafford – 27-for-38, 343 yards, 4 TDs
After Stafford missed Jackson deep on two passes in the first half, underthrowing the speedy receiver each time, the two finally connected on a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter. After the safety fell, Jackson jumped behind the defense and ran wide down the right side.
Stafford had enough time to go through his progressions and come back to Jackson, throwing a perfect pass for a 75-yard score.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 26, 2021
The Rams will stay at home for Week 4 after beating the Bucs, hosting the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday afternoon. The Rams host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday afternoon. This will be the second consecutive week that they play against two unbeaten teams.
The Rams have won eight consecutive games against the Cardinals and are seeking to win their ninth straight victory over Arizona.