The Los Angeles Rams won their first game on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, September 25. The Rams improve their record to 2-1 heading into Week 4.
The Rams stepped up their offensive production, and finally scored their first touchdown of the year. Actually, the Rams scored several touchdowns on both sides of the football. But, the offense continues to show some struggles. Quarterback Case Keenum had a pretty average performance, completing 14/26 passes for 190 yards two touchdowns and one interception. What really helped with the offensive production was the running game. Todd Gurley in particular nearly double his production from last week, finishing with 85 yards and two touchdowns. It was an impressive outing considering the Buccaneers’ stingy run defense.
The other side of the football was a little disappointing. The final score read 37-32, but really the game shouldn’t have been that close. Sloppy turnovers, inadequate play calling and tired/banged up defense were among the causes of the Bucs’ near resurgence. QB Jameis Winston finished the game with 405 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Winston spread the ball efficiently, but the favorite targets were WR Mike Evans and WR Adam Humphries both combined for 19 receptions for 232 yards and one touchdown.
The game became a stalled nail-bitter as the game was delayed with 2:00 minutes remaining after lightning strikes appeared. The game resumed later only for the Rams defense to halt the Buccaneers rally.
The Rams were lucky to escape Tampa Bay with a win, however, they cannot play nearly this sloppy against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. The Rams will travel to Arizona on Sunday, October 2 at 1:25 p.m. PT.