The Los Angeles Rams returned to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and were challenged by the visiting Green Bay Packers. Both offenses were challenged by the opposing defenses, but the Rams picked up the 31-17 victory.
The Packers struck first after Aaron Rodgers connected on several deep passes to setup a 1-yard touchdown run for RB Jamaal Williams. The Rams offense struggled early on. QB Jared Goff was victim to a ruthless blitz attack that killed multiple drives. The Packers capitalized with a Mason Crosby field goal to increase the lead to 10-0.
Punter Johnny Hekker managed to punt the ball within the Packers’ 1-yardline thanks to Sam Shields fielding the ball. The following play Mark Barron stuffed the run to give the Rams a safety. The Rams trimmed the lead, 10-2. Capitalizing off the turnover, the offense marched down the field for Goff to find Josh Reynolds for a 1-yard pass. The Rams failed at the 2-point conversion, but chipped away at the lead to 10-8 going into halftime.
The second half started similar to the first, all defense. The Packers added to their lead with a 53-yard Crosby field goal, 13-8. However, the Rams offense woke up the following drive when Goff found Todd Gurley for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Gurley also scored the 2-point conversion to take the lead, 16-13. Once again the Rams marched down the field, but Reynolds found the end zone again for a 19-yard touchdown reception. Cooper Kupp’s injury replacement increased the lead, 23-13. The Packers wrapped up the third quarter with a 33-yard Aaron Jones touchdown run. The Packers reduced the lead, 23-20.
The tense fourth quarter began with a 43-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein; Rams led 26-20. Marquez Valdes-Scantling beat Troy Hill for a 40-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead for the Packers, 27-26. The Rams countered with another 43-yard field goal to regain the lead 29-27. Rams linebacker Ramik Wilson caused a fumble on a Ty Montgomery kick return to seal the game.
The Rams remain undefeated but will be challenged in Week 9 when they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. This key NFC matchup will begin at 1:25 p.m. PST on FOX.