Los Angeles Rams vs. Washington Football Team Summary and Takeaways

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 11: Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team is hit by Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams after throwing a pass in the second quarter at FedExField on October 11, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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The Rams are 4-1, people. This is a good team. Sitting right behind Seattle in the West and with a matchup against SF this week, I have a good feeling the Rams are gonna cement themselves as one of the true contenders in the NFC, as a whole. 

Now, for Week 5, it was a great win! Honestly, great W. Not a polished W. But a great one, nonetheless. I saw a lot of good and a lot of, well, meh. Obviously, it was so awesome to see Alex Smith return to action for the first time in almost two years, but the poor guy had to go against Aaron Donald and co. Sheesh. Hopefully, he gets more opportunities this season. Okay, let’s get to it!

Offense – 

Coming into this game, the Rams had the 2nd-most points on opening drives behind Tampa Bay and they kept that trend up by scoring a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Speaking of that touchdown, I wrote an article a few days ago about how McVay’s RB usage bothered me and he responded by letting Henderson lead the way. 

Darrel Henderson lead all Rams running backs in carries, targets, and receptions. He continues to look explosive and polished in the passing game. Cam Akers didn’t get his first touch until 5:30 in the 2nd quarter but then got four straight carries after that. He ended the day with nine carries for 61 yards — most of which came on his big 46-yard run in the 4th quarter when the game was already over. It’s nice to see him look good coming off the injury. 

Goff looked mostly solid until the INT before halftime. After that, he seemed to be a bit inconsistent. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything to look into here — the rain was really coming down the whole second half and neither offense had a lot of consistency through the air. I think Goff is gonna continue his solid run going into SF next week. Keep him in your fantasy lineups, people!

Honestly, I didn’t see a whole lot to take away from this game, offensively. WFT is pretty bad on defense, so I’m glad the Rams looked superior. Winning 30-10 in the NFL is always fun!

Defense – 

Lord golly, this defense looks GOOD. Like, really good. Now, before we dive in, we gotta address the elephant in the room. I do think this defense is legit and is gonna be great all year, but we need to remember that four of the first 5 games for LA have been against the NFC East. Just something to remember when this team starts playing higher powered offenses. Okay!

I’ll start with, basically, my only gripe with this team’s performance from Sunday, and that’s the lack of turnovers in the first half. I feel like all year, this defense struggles to force turnovers in the first half of games. Again, minor gripe. But that’s the only flaw I saw from Sunday. 

I was worried at the beginning of the year about the LB corps and the lack of ability to make open-field tackles, but the defense looked great this week, pulling guys down when they had the opportunity — especially against some good skill players in Washington like McKissic, Gibson, and McLaurin. A nice step in the right direction. 

Darious Williams continues to look awesome and a major FA steal for the Rams. He’s really stepped up in his expanded role for this defense. The secondary is looking very scary at this point in the season and when you combine them with the pass rush… Eeek.

Yes, Aaron Donald is still an alien. Yes, Aaron Donald is still the favorite for DPOY. I really don’t know how close of a race it is, to be honest. Recording four sacks on Sunday, he’s now up to eight on the season and continues to toss grown men around like rag dolls. It’s been a lot of fun watching this dominant pass rush through the first five games and I think the league is taking notice.  

 

The LA Rams are showing a lot of promise this season and it’s been super fun to watch this team. The ultra balanced offense along with this dominant defense is making for an exciting squad. Rams fans should be pumped because 2020 could be a really fun, successful season. They’ll look to go 5-1 in San Francisco next Sunday night and my money is on the LA squad. 

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