A rested Los Angeles Rams team traveled to Detroit to take on the Lions. The Rams seemed a bit rusty as they survived a battered Lions team, 30-16.
The Rams offense started off a little sluggish and was held to just three points in the first quarter. But, the defense shutout the Lions offense.
The shutout didn’t last long as Lions’ kicker Matt Prater nailed a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at three. Jared Goff and the offensive struggles continued in the second quarter when Goff threw a questionable pass in triple coverage to surrender an interception. Goff eventually found the end zone late in the second quarter after zipping it to Robert Woods to take the lead, 10-3. Greg Zuerlein nailed a 47-yard field goal after the Lions surrendered a quick three-and-out. The Rams defense held the Lions offense again to enter halftime 13-3.
Goff’s struggles followed him into the second half as he fumbled at midfield. The Lions did capitalize by adding three more points, 13-6. Zuerlein added his third field goal of the game; Rams led 16-6. But, the Rams defense fell asleep on a Matthew Stafford 11-yard touchdown pass to tackle Taylor Decker. The Lions crept back, 16-13.
Aaron Donald continued to prove that he is worth every penny of his new contract after causing Stafford to fumble. The Rams took advantage and scored off a 13-yard Todd Gurley touchdown run; Rams led, 23-13. The Lions did not give up on this game as Prater kicked a 35-yard field goal to trim the lead to 23-16. Gurley held off on a long gain to run the clock down late in the fourth quarter. Gurley eventually found the end zone to seal the game.
The Rams will face another NFC North team and will take on the Bears in Chicago. Kickoff is set for primetime at 5:20 p.m. PT on NBC.