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Jared Goff ascends into top tier with another stellar performance QuarterbacksJared Goff was simply incredible tonight. 26-33/465/5 TDs and nothing even resembling an interception en route to a perfect passer rating. It’s fair to say that our signal caller has arrived. You want deep balls? Screens? Touch passes? Pocket presence and poise? This is the kind of performance his critics questioned if he’d ever have. This is the kind of performance that firmly puts Goff in the conversation as one of the NFL’s top 10 quarterbacks. His rollout throw to Cooper Kupp in the corner of the end zone was one of the best throws you’ll see all season. Running BacksOnce again Youth Ramik Wilson Jersey , Todd Gurley was the straw that stirred the drink. He tallied 83 yards on 17 carries for nearly 5 yards a pop, and tacked on another 73 receiving, most of which came on a nifty play action dump-off which he turned up-field for big yardage. He continues to show incredible patience, and helped the Rams eventually start to use some clock when it counted most. He’s no longer the entire focus of the Rams’ offense, and he’s kind of making this look easy.Tight EndsAfter Tyler Higbee went down with a knee injury in the first half, it looked like second year man Gerald Everett might finally get his moment in the sun (and according to Troy Aikman and Joe Buck, this was the week McVay would turn his TEs loose). One catch and 13 yards later, that obviously didn’t happen. Higbee came back and helped keep Goff clean, and the rest is history. When your WRs catch everything in sight and your QB is playing lights out, having a position group that does what’s asked of them is good enough.Wide ReceiversWhen all three of your WRs go over 100 yards and score TDs, well, yeah. I mean, is that good? Prettay prettay prettay good, I’d say. Cooper Kupp had a career night with 9/162 (“Hey Adam Thielen, I’ll see your 8/135 and raise you a catch and 30 yards.”), Brandin Cooks chipped in 7/116 and hauled in another deep ball, and Robert Woods “quietly” notched 5/101. Along with Goff’s stunning performance, these guys are amazing, catching everything thrown their way and simply setting the NFL on fire. I’m a little pumped post-game, but maybe some of these GSOT comparisons are legit. Offensive LineBest in the NFL? You decide. But we’re protecting our QB (save for one sack, which Goff could have avoided by stepping up in the pocket), opening holes, and getting to the second level downfield and helping create chunk plays. Austin Blythe remains a revelation at RG, and the rest of the line is really showing very few chinks in the armor. Everson Griffen might make things interesting Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey , and Von Miller’s on the schedule soon, but right now this line is playing as well as any team’s in the league.Defensive LineIf I’d started writing this in the 3rd quarter, this could have been a D. Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins had too much time all night long, and pressures were few and far between. The Rams were fine against the rush, but then Minnesota tends to give up on it about 8 plays into the game. When it counted most, though, our big-money players made big-money plays, as Aaron Donald notched two second half sacks, and Ndamukong Suh had one of his own. Minnesota had a chance to tie it late, and rookie DL Jonathan Franklin-Meyers came through with a huge strip sack which the Rams recovered to seal the victory (note: JFM is coming on!).LinebackersMark Barron, we miss you. Cory Littleton was fine tonight — he was in on 9 tackles and defended a few passes, but overall the unit remains a real weakness for the Rams. One of my 5 Rams to watch, Samson Ebukam, had me watching through my fingers, as he whiffed on a handful of tackles and was unable to generate much pressure off the edge. Ramik Wilson should probably think about the CFL. This unit simply can’t cover, and the entire NFL knows it. Eventually, the death by papercut dink and dunk offenses we face make mistakes, or our pass rushers make some plays, but we need to see better play from this unit or we’ll be in shootouts all year long. Did I mention we’re 4-0?Defensive BacksKirk Cousins torched us for 422/3 TDs. And, honestly, it could have been worse, as it seemed like he was taking his pick of open receivers. Marcus Peters was on one leg, and got picked on in the first half (props to him for playing, but glad he’ll be getting 10 days to get right). Nickell Robey-Coleman was stout in run support Womens Aqib Talib Jersey , and held his own in coverage, but, yeah, Sam Shields did his best to make us consider Troy Hill as perhaps a more viable option than the former Pro Bowler. He just missed on an INT, but otherwise missed a handful of tackles and made Adam Thielen’s job easy. I don’t want to be too harsh, but at 30 and coming off a few years away from the game, the rust showed. John Johnson was in on 11 tackles, but likely because the CBs weren’t covering (or he was targeted), and LaMarcus Joyner’s disappearing act continues. Special TeamsBye bye, Sam Ficken. It’s been an adventure, but the Penn State product missed a 28-yarder (after a bad game last week), and his days in LA are numbered. He’ll cost us a game we can’t afford on the road, and that’s just not OK. Johnny Hekker had a rare off night punting the ball, and while his throw to Josh Reynolds looked to be somewhat catchable, not sure what McVay and Bones were even DOING there. Plus, Reynolds, technically a special-teamer at that point, barely made an effort to come back for the ball and the fake punt fizzled mightily. Coverage units appeared fine, but you can’t miss chip-shot field goals, and hit 35 yard punts and expect anything above a D here.CoachingYes, Sean McVay is an offensive genius. We’ve got zero problems on that side of the ball. Still, the aforementioned fake punt was a head-scratcher and appeared greedy. Wade Phillips was able to make halftime adjustments as always, and the Rams D held Minnesota to 11 second-half points, but I find it hard to believe that the absence of Aqib Talib and a less-than-100% Marcus Peters have this defense looking so porous. They’ve got to find ways to shut down the dink and dunk offenses http://www.losangele...e-easley-jersey , generate pressure, and limit YAC. They didn’t do any of those things tonight. Still, McVay’s time management, run/pass mix and overall head coaching have all seen marked improvement over last year, and it’s showing up where it counts: 4-0, headed to Seattle. Los Angeles Rams HC Sean McVay(Opening statement)”Everybody except for (CB) Sam Shields was a full participant today. Sam got sick within the last day or so, not feeling good. We’re hopeful that he’ll start feeling better and be ready to go, but if not, then we’ve got some contingency plans. Not really sure in terms of how he’s recovering, if it’s a viral thing or – when you’re feeling sick like that it’s tough. Expecting WR Cooper (Kupp) to go. It’s also a pretty unique situation where he’ll be an honorary captain this week where the (New Orleans) Saints are recognizing (former Saints guard) Jake Kupp, his grandfather, who had a great – played with the Saints. He’ll be at the coin toss and to be able to have Cooper out there, pretty cool for the Kupp family. Definitely something that Cooper’s deserving of and it’s great to be able to have him back with us as well.”(On if Shields is traveling to New Orleans with the team)”He might have to meet us there just because – dependent upon how some of the things he does with (Senior Director of Sports Medicine and Performance) Reggie (Scott) and those guys, how he feels. If he feels good enough to travel, but we also don’t want to potentially expose some of our other players to getting sick. So, if that’s the case, then he’ll stay back, get as healthy as he can, then we’ll find a way to get him there and meet us a little bit later.”(On if his injury status has anything to do with the aftermath of a concussion)”No. This is nothing like that. No, it’s just flu season and that’s what we think it is. Nothing to do with that.”(On what having Kupp back in the lineup provides him and QB Jared Goff on offense)”It’s great. You’re talking about a great football player that, extremely trustworthy in crunch time situations or really throughout the course of the game. His knowledge, his understanding of what we’re trying to get done, his ability to compete with and without the ball. He’s a special player. So, getting somebody like him back that’s had as much production as he has really since he got here last year is going to be big for our offense. I think like we’ve mentioned also Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , having him out the last couple weeks has forced us to develop some depth and guys have gotten some opportunities that they wouldn’t have otherwise. I think you’ve seen the growth of (WR) Josh Reynolds, like he’s done really since his rookie year when he got opportunities to fill in for whoever it was that might’ve been down. He’s delivered in a big way and then (WR) KhaDarel Hodge has also gotten some valuable reps in addition to (WR) Nick Williams. So, it’s been good for us, but it’s great to get Cooper back.” (On if OLB Dante Fowler will play on Sunday)”Yeah, he’s going to play. How much of that is a lot of times predicated on some of the different things that the offense presents and then how we react defensively. We’ve still got a good amount of time to be able to spend with him to get him up to speed. Both some of our base and sub packages and those will be things that he’s done a good job with (Defensive Line Coach) Billy Johnson and with (Defensive Quality Control) Thad (Bogardus). We’re excited to be able to have (OLB) Dante (Fowler). You feel Dante on the field and I think he’s enjoying it. Guys are happy to have him. We’ll see how he does on Sunday.”(On if Fowler is a guy that will transition to a 3-4 and have to use his hands on the ground or if he can stand up)”Yeah, I think he can come out of a three-point or a two-point. A lot of that is comfort-driven. Then obviously, in the base situations, if he is playing that outside ‘backer, we’re going to be in two points. Some of those four down rush type situations – him putting his hand in the ground is what he’s been accustomed to. We always want to make sure that we’re putting guys in positions that they feel comfortable and as he gets more and more comfortable. He’s a pretty rare athlete, so I think he’ll be a quick study in terms of some of the things that we’ll ask him to do. What that is, it’ll kind of be by design week-in and week-out. We’re looking forward to him just progressing as he gets more experience with us.”(On if there were neighborhood noise complaints this week)”I haven’t heard. Usually, they do a good job of keeping me out of it unless I need to know. So, the music was loud, we got some good work. We’ll see how it is. I know it’s going to be a rocking atmosphere at the (Mercedes-Benz) Superdome and we’re certainly looking forward to it. Got some good noise going this week.”(On the Rams being the best rushing offense and the Saints being the best rushing defense and what they need to do to make sure that matchup goes in the Rams favor)”Well, I think they do an excellent job. They’re really stout up front. They do a great job playing blocks – getting into some single-high structures, where they’ve got their safeties as part of the fits. But, what we do is, we’re worried about being efficient on offense, whether that’s running or throwing it. I think the key for us is that early down efficiency. That’s where they’ve done an excellent job of forcing negative plays on those early downs, where you almost force people to have to throw it on second and third down, often times when you’re playing with the lead. They’re an excellent defense. I think they’ve played their best lately as well. They’re opportunistic. They’re getting the ball back. Bunch of big time plays they had that led to that win against Minnesota (Vikings) last Sunday night. Really, it’s about us just doing an excellent job with the execution, whether that’s running it or throwing it. It’s going to be a great challenge in the noise. They’ve got great players all over their defense.”

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