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How good are these Rams? Let’s plug in the Chargers – Daily News

How good are these Rams? Let’s plug in the Chargers – Daily News
  • Los Angeles Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam (50) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) together with teammate defensive deal with Aaron Donald (99) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam (50) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) together with teammate defensive deal with Aaron Donald (99) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay talks with quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive again Aqib Talib (21) knocks a move away meant for Arizona Cardinals vast receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals extensive receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a cross fora first down towards the Los Angeles Rams in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals operating again David Johnson (31) runs for yardage towards the Los Angeles Rams in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals broad receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a cross fora first down over Los Angeles Rams defensive again Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Todd Gurley (30) runs for a primary down as Arizona Cardinals defensive again Jamar Taylor (28) makes the deal with in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) is sacked in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals operating again David Johnson (31) runs for yardage towards he Los Angeles Rams in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams vast receiver Cooper Kupp (18) catches a cross for yardage towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams vast receiver Cooper Kupp (18) catches a move for yardage towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Todd Gurley (30) runs for a landing previous Arizona Cardinals defensive again Patrick Peterson (21) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams’ JoJo Natson (19) runs a punt again for yardage towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive again Aqib Talib (21) knocks a cross away meant for Arizona Cardinals vast receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Todd Gurley (30) celebrates after operating for a landing towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Todd Gurley (30) celebrates after operating for a landing towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams cheers in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation towards the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Todd Gurley (30) runs for a landing towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Todd Gurley (30) celebrates after operating for a landing towards the Arizona Cardinals in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive deal with Aaron Donald together with his youngsters after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 34-Zero throughout a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams extensive receiver Robert Woods smile as they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34-Zero throughout a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive again Sam Shields reacts intercepting a Arizona Cardinals move] in the second half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Rams gained 34-Zero. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff seems to be towards the scoreboard throughout a evaluate of a play towards the Arizona Cardinals in the second half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Rams gained 34-Zero. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams operating again Malcolm Brown (34) is knocked out of bounds by Arizona Cardinals defensive again Antoine Bethea (41) after operating for a primary down in the second half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Rams gained 34-Zero. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals broad receiver Christian Kirk (13) is tackled for a lack of yards by the Los Angeles Rams protection in the second half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Rams gained 34-Zero. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams tight finish Tyler Higbee (89) celebrates with quarterback Jared Goff (16) after catching a cross for landing towards the Arizona Cardinals in the second half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Rams gained 34-Zero. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam (50) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) together with teammate defensive deal with Aaron Donald (99) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation towards the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive again Sam Shields (37) reacts with teammate linebacker Bryce Hager (54) after intercepting a Arizona Cardinals move in the second half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Rams gained 34-Zero. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive again Aqib Talib (21) knocks a cross away meant for Arizona Cardinals extensive receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals operating again David Johnson (31) runs for yardage towards the Los Angeles Rams in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Cardinals operating again David Johnson (31) runs for yardage towards he Los Angeles Rams in the first half of a NFL soccer recreation at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

LOS ANGELES — The adage in the NFL is that Week 2’s outcomes are extra vital than these of Week 1, and perhaps that’s as a result of we overreact a lot to the opening weekend, some mid-course correction is to be anticipated.

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With that stated, some perspective is in order. The two-Zero Rams have been very good Sunday at the Coliseum, even and not using a kicker, in their 34-Zero victory over Arizona. However contemplate: The Cardinals are now Zero-2, have been outscored 58-6 over two video games by Washington and the Rams, and if that they had a Participant of the Recreation Sunday it might have been punter Andy Lee.

In different phrases, Los Angeles has now rolled two opponents that it could fairly have been anticipated to beat simply, the Raiders final Monday and the Cardinals on Sunday.

Can we assume Week three shall be a sterner check? The Chargers’ go to to the Coliseum subsequent Sunday for the first L.A. rivalry recreation of the 21st century will not be aggressive in the stands — the Chargers’ discernible fan base in L.A. stays minuscule so far as we will inform and virtually definitely might be outshouted — however the recreation ought to be much more aggressive on the area than the final six quarters the Rams have performed, in which they’ve outscored their foils … er, foes, 57-Zero.

So we should wait a minimum of one other week to seek out out simply how good the Rams really are. Proper now, no less than, they positive are enjoyable to observe.

Their protection, for instance, held Arizona to 54 yards dashing and 137 yards complete offense Sunday, pressured 5 three-and-outs in the Cardinals’ 10 possessions, and restricted Arizona to only one play in Rams’ territory, on the ultimate play of the recreation.

“I feel like we can get even better,” Aaron Donald stated. “That’s the scary thing.”

Positively scary, truly, particularly whenever you determine we haven’t seen the better of Donald but, as a result of his late arrival whereas his new contract was hashed out. When he’s in midseason type? This might even exceed expectations.

However as nostril deal with Ndamukong Suh famous: “We’re going to have different tests, especially as people understand how we play. We’re going to continue to find things that we have to work on and try and improve.”

Jared Goff, who had a 354-yard passing day and a 108.1 quarterback score Sunday, stated he finds himself savoring the sight as his staff’s protection wreaks havoc.

“I said during training camp I hate to go against them,” he stated. “I feel it provides the entire group confidence, the entire stadium, once they go three-and-out like that so typically. That type of stuff provides us lots of momentum and confidence.

“Confidence in a team is good.”

You already know issues are going nicely when even issues don’t get in the means.

Pharoh Cooper, a Professional Bowl punt returner in 2017, harm an ankle Monday night time in Oakland. Tuesday morning, particular groups coach John Fassel put in a name to JoJo Natson, a 5-7 whippet who was minimize by the Rams in coaching camp.

“I thought he butt-dialed me,” Natson stated. “I didn’t have (any) concept what he was calling me for. I answered it and he gave me the rundown, what the state of affairs was, and I used to be on a flight two hours later.

“I’ve in all probability acquired mismatched footwear. I simply stated, ‘I’ll purchase garments once I get to L.A. or wherever.’ “

He must be right here some time. Natson — who had loads of work as a result of, as we stated, Cardinals’ punter Lee was a busy man — returned six for 133 yards, together with a 60-yarder in the second quarter that he virtually broke for a landing. Even taking that one away, his returns averaged almost 15 yards, and 4 others set the Rams up at their 41, 46, 44 and 41, respectively.

And he wasn’t even the particular groups participant of the recreation.

Johnny Hekker acquired a recreation ball for doing double obligation, pressed into service as a kicker in addition to punter when Greg Zuerlein suffered a groin damage in warmups. Hekker hit a 20-yard subject aim in the second quarter, made the solely PAT try he had in the fourth quarter, and put two of his 5 kickoffs into the finish zone for touchbacks.

In fact, that gave Sean McVay loads of alternatives to go for 2 after touchdowns. The Rams hadn’t tried a two-point conversion since 2015 (i.e., not since returning to Los Angeles), however they have been three for three Sunday.

Right here’s one other little bit of Rams historical past to ponder: The final time the staff began a season 2-Zero was 2001. In truth, two of the earlier 3 times they began 2-Zero (1999, 2000, ’01), they reached the Tremendous Bowl.

OK. By no means thoughts. We’re leaping forward of ourselves. There are, in any case, extra quick considerations.

“Next week we’re going to focus on the Chargers and try to take over the city of L.A.,” Todd Gurley stated.

They have already got a reasonably good head begin. However no matter works as motivation, proper?