The Los Angeles Rams traveled to Houston to take on the Texans in their preseason finale Thursday night. Much like the previous games, the Rams opted to sit their starters and also excluded major contributors from the preseason. While a victory is always nice, the Rams’ goal was to see which players are worthy of the last remaining spots on the roster.
The first drive of the game, the Rams defense looked like Swiss cheese as Karan Higdon and Joe Webb ran straight through them. Webb eventually found Jerrell Adams to strike first. The Rams offense did have a lack-luster opening drive. They quickly remedied that when John Wolford found Kendall Blanton at the corner of the end zone to tie the game at seven.
Brandon Allen made a pair of critical interceptions in the second quarter. He did manage to find KhaDarel Hodge quite a few times though. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo caused a forced fumble to backup the Texans. The Texans did sneak in a field goal to take the lead at halftime, 10-7.
Running back Justin Davis made a statement in the third quarter by running all over the Texans defense. To add insult to injury, he scored on a four-yard touchdown run to give the Rams a 15-10 lead. The Rams opted to go for a two-point conversion. Ketner Kupp led the team in tackles with 11 and is partially responsible for containing the Texans offense.
Wolford threw an impressive 15-yard touchdown pass to Nsimba Webster on a crucial fourth down to give the Rams a 22-10 lead. Okoronkwo wasn’t done bringing the pain though, he slammed Jordan Ta’amu to the turf for his second sack of the game. Matt Colburn coughed up the football and surrendered possession to the Texans. However, it didn’t amount to anything since the Texans turned the ball over on downs after Landis Durham chased down Webb. The Rams finished with a 22-10 victory over the Texans.
The Rams will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers on a high note. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, September 8 and it will be aired on FOX.