The Los Angeles Rams routed the Indianapolis Colts 46-9 in front of 60,128 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, September 10. The Rams’ Sean McVay earned his first win as an NFL head coach.
Quarterback Jared Goff looked every bit the part an NFL quarterback. He completed 21-29 passes for 306 yards and one touchdown, an 18-yard TD pass to rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp. The numbers do not show how much more comfortable the former No. 1 overall pick looked in the pocket. The oft-maligned offensive line protected Goff well. He suffered only one sack against the Colts defense.
The Rams receiving corps performed well. Eight different receivers recorded at least one catch. Among those making an impact were Kupp and fellow wide receivers Sammy Watkins. Kupp caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, and Watkins compiled five catches for 58 yards.
The Rams’ running game continued its struggles from a year ago. Running back Todd Gurley still has some work to do. He rushed for only 40 yards on 19 carries, but he added five catches for 56 yards as well.
Defensively, the Rams wreaked havoc on beleaguered Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien and his offense throughout the day. With the Rams leading 3-0 early in the first quarter, Trumaine Johnson intercepted a Scott Tolzien pass and returned it 39 yards for the pick six. The interception set the tone for the high-flying Rams defense, which sacked Tolzien four times and forced him to throw a second pick six, this time to safety Lamarcus Joyner. Overall, the Colts offense fought a losing battle against an aggressive Los Angeles front seven.
Overall, the Rams defense only gave up only 225 total yards and one touchdown to the Colts. Los Angeles even tacked on a safety in the fourth quarter to take a 39-9 lead. The Rams added one more touchdown to earn the dominating 46-9 win.
Los Angeles faces the Washington Redskins next Sunday, September 17 at 1:25 P.M. ET on FOX.
Sources: Gary Klein, LA Times, NFL.com, ESPN.com