Rams vs Falcons |Week 2| Good, Bad, Meh

by Nikko Buenavidez
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The Rams bounced back with a win at home versus the Atlanta Falcons 31-27. A couple of costly turnovers in the second half made the game much closer than the Rams would have liked, but a win is a win nonetheless. As the Rams travel to meet the Cardinals, there’s a lot that needs to be cleaned up before next week. Progress has been made since last week and the team looked good in the first half, but everyone needs to be more consistent.

Good

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson is finally here folks, and he put up some great stats in his second game as a Ram. He filled in as the second option for Stafford perfectly posting 4 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. He was all over the field in the win, and nearly caught two scores before it got called back. Robinson seems to be settled in fine and it will be interesting to monitor his performance next week at Arizona.

Cooper Kupp

Kupp continued his streak of dominance hauling in 11 of his 14 targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Kupp has been the Rams main contributor ever since Stafford came to town, but it seems as if the ball is being spread around more. Something the broadcast booth took note of that’s just as valuable as his pass catching is his blocking ability in the run game. He’s used in all aspects of the offense and McVay is using him more as a decoy to lure defenses. Kupp should keep it rolling next week against an Arizona pass defense that’s allowing the second most passing yards in the league.

Bobby Wagner

The newest acquisition on defense has had a great start to the season and continued his good performance against the Falcons. Wagner recorded a sack, a tackle for loss, and a QB hit. According to PFF “He currently has an 85.1 grade on first review, which would be his highest-graded game since 2020.” Wagner looks like he hasn’t lost any steam and has adapted pretty well to the Rams defense. If this is Wagner still learning the defense, he’ll be even better once he gets more acclimated.

Bad

Second Half

The Rams forgot which team they were this week and almost blew a lead Falcons style. The offense, defense, and special teams broke down in the second half, becoming complacent. Stafford couldn’t get the offense going despite going nearly perfect on the first drive. He had a very inconsistent game looking perfect at times and helpless at others. Stafford and the offense need to capitalize off of the turnovers and be more efficient overall on offense.

Meh

Secondary

The secondary had a good start to the game, but like the rest of the team, broke down in the second half. Troy Hill has been an underrated reunion with the defense, at times being better than Jalen Ramsey. Hill as well as Nick Scott have helped add to the Rams chances to make turnovers. The secondary played well in some aspects, limiting Kyle Pitts, but they let Drake London and former Ram Khadarel Hodge run rampant.

One of the better parts of the secondary this game was the interceptions from Jalen Ramsey and Cobie Durant. Ramsey came in clutch late in the 4th quarter with the pick in the end zone, and Durant nearly had a pick six. Something else that flashed was Raheem Morris’ use of the defensive backs, sending Ramsey and Durant in on blitzes. It’ll take time for the secondary to gel together, but for now they’re doing just fine.

Offensive Line

The offensive line did a decent job, much better in comparison to last week against the Bills. Last week, the Rams allowed a league-high 23 pressures and 7 sacks. They allowed only two pressures on 36 pass-blocking snaps this game. Joe Noteboom allowed those two pressures and has had a tough time these past two games.

Run Game

The run game improved from last game, but it wasn’t amazing. Henderson led the team with 47 yards averaging 4.7 yards per carry and had some tough looking runs. Cam Akers had a much better performance and is beginning to look more like he did pre injury. Sean McVay moved away from the 11 personnel more this game, allowing the running game to be opened up.

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