tweets (including a few gems) + articles etc. on the HOUSTON game

Recent Forum Topics Forums The Rams Huddle tweets (including a few gems) + articles etc. on the HOUSTON game

This topic contains 14 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by InvaderRam InvaderRam 4 days, 7 hours ago.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #77371
    zn
    zn
    Moderator

    NFL on ESPN
    Jared Goff and the Rams are staying hot.

    Alden Gonzalez‏ @Alden_Gonzalez
    33-0, 51-17, 33-7. Those are the scores from the Rams’ last three games. They’ve beaten bad, injured teams, but they’ve beaten them handily. On Sunday, their defense was very aggressive all game and their offense finally erupted in the third quarter. Another very good performance for Jared Goff, too. The Rams are 7-2 and easily lead the NFL in point differential.

    Jared Goff’s last three games: 61-of-96, 901 yards, 8 touchdowns, 1 interception. In today’s second half: 14-of-17, 251 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-40009190-4

    The Rams are so deep in their revival that it seems as if they’ve forgotten what it felt like to be anything but a complete, dominant, Super Bowl-caliber team.

    Rams loved Samson Ebukam’s pass-rushing ability coming out of the draft, and man, did he show it, coming around the edge, plowing Tom Savage and causing a fumble. Three turnovers by the Rams’ defense.

    Vincent Bonsignore‏ @DailyNewsVinny
    in spite of a slow start, #Rams Jared Goff has another career high with 355 passing yards.

    Joe Curley‏ @vcsjoecurley
    McVay says that Robert Woods can’t be considered just a possession receiver after the past two weeks.

    “At times, we’ve played well in all three phases.” — McVay

    McVay mentions Goff’s mental toughness. I put him in some bad spots. “He’s a mentally tough guy.”

    There’s holes. Goff isn’t that accurate or consistent yet. But that it’s already this good with so much ceiling left is scary for the rest of the NFC.

    Nice sequence for Sammy Watkins, catching a 24-yard pass across the middle and then a 17-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown, helped by nice downfield blocking from Andrew Whitworth. Back-to-back games now when Watkins and Robert Woods have scored touchdowns. Always a good sign.

    Robert Woods went without a touchdown in his first seven games and has three over his last seven quarters. If there’s one receiver who’s starting to separate himself in this offense, it’s him. Woods has 22 catches (on 32 targets) for 369 yards over the last five games.

    Rams fans were wondering why the offense hadn’t started to dominate the game yet. Don’t lose sight of how weird that sounds.

    Randall Liu‏ @RLiuNFL
    The complete list of @Rams in franchise history to pass for 300+ yards, 3+ TDs & 0 INTs in consecutive games:

    @JaredGoff16

    (That’s it)

    Julia Faron‏ @JFaron
    Rams points after turnovers today: two field goals and one touchdown (13). 2017 season: 84

    WR S. Watkins notched a 17-yard TD rec from Goff. Watkins has four touchdowns this season and 21 career. Watkins has posted a touchdown in back-to-back games.

    Woods’ 94-yd rec. is the second-longest reception in the NFL this season. Longest is a 97-yard rec. by Pittsburgh’s JuJu Smith-Schuster

    WR R. Woods’ 94-yd rec. from QB Jared Goff is the third longest reception in franchise history.

    Longest is a 96-yd rec. by Ollie Matson (from Frank Ryan), vs. Pittsburgh,10/1/61, 2nd longest is a 95-yd rec by Bucky Pope (from Bill Munson), vs. Green Bay,12/13/64

    DT A. Donald sacks Texans QB T.Savage. Donald has recorded a sack in the team’s last 4 games. He has 5.0 sacks this season.

    Rich Hammond @Rich_Hammond
    Todd Gurley, on the Rams’ slow start: “We were just trying to get Johnny (Hekker) back in the Pro Bowl.”

    Ryan Kartje‏@Ryan_Kartje
    Jared Goff said today’s atmosphere at the Coliseum had “a little bit more of a family feel.”

    Watching Whitworth play offensive line is truly a joy, every week

    Greg Zuerlein is 13-of-13 on field goal attempts of 40-plus yards this season. That’s quite good.

    J.B. Long@JB_Long

    Last 22 quarters: @RamsNFL defense has allowed 63 points.

    That’s less than a field goal allowed per period since halftime in Arlington. #LARams #MobSqaud

    Aaron Donald has a sack in 4 straight games, and at least 1 QB pressure in 46 straight. #Decent #LARams

    Here’s the list of @RamsNFL in the Super Bowl era with over 1,000 scrimmage yards in first 8 games of a season: #LARams
    @TG3II
    @sj39
    @marshallfaulk
    @EricDickerson

    Here’s the list of @RamsNFL in the Super Bowl era with over 1,000 scrimmage yards in first 8 games of a season: #LARams
    @TG3II
    @sj39
    @marshallfaulk
    @EricDickerson

    #77373
    Agamemnon
    Agamemnon
    Moderator

    Agamemnon

    #77375
    InvaderRam
    InvaderRam
    Moderator

    There’s holes. Goff isn’t that accurate or consistent yet. But that it’s already this good with so much ceiling left is scary for the rest of the NFC.

    that’s what’s so exciting. he hasn’t really just flat out dominated in any game yet. he’s looked really good in spurts. you can see the talent. he just needs seasoning.

    his accuracy needs to get better. it should. offseason should be huge for him and the receivers. more than anyone else i think.

    #77381
    zn
    zn
    Moderator

    from Rams vs. Texans Postgame Notes

    – This is the Rams first four game winning streak since 2003.

    – The Rams are now 3-0 against the AFC South this season. The last time the Rams went 3-0 against the AFC was in 2003 when they swept the AFC North.

    – Goff, Kansas City’s Alex Smith and New England’s Tom Brady are the only three quarterbacks in the NFL this season with multiple games passing for at least 300 yards, three passing touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    – Per the NFL’s Randall Liu, Goff is the only quarterback in franchise history to pass for 300-plus yards, three touchdown and no interceptions in consecutive games.

    – WR Robert Woods had a career day with eight receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Woods hauled in the third-longest reception in franchise history, a 94-yard touchdown reception from Goff.

    – Woods collected a second touchdown on a 17-yard reception. Marks the second-time in Woods’ career that he has posted a touchdown in consecutive games.

    – Woods is one-of-six wide receivers in the NFL this season to post 125-plus receiving yards and multiple touchdown receptions in a single game.

    – WR Sammy Watkins notched a 12-yard touchdown reception. Watkins has four touchdowns this season and 21 career. Watkins has posted a touchdown in back-to-back games.

    – RB Todd Gurley rushed 11 times for 68 yards, a 6.2-yard average and a long of 34 yards. He added six receptions for 68 yards. In total, Gurley collected 17 touches for 136 yards from scrimmage.

    – Gurley registered a 43-yard reception from Goff. That was the third 40-plus yard reception of Gurley’s career. He joins Marshall Faulk, Steven Jackson and Amp Lee as the only running backs in franchise history with three or more receptions of 40-plus yards.

    – The Rams have scored 20-plus points in eight of their nine games this season.

    – DT Aaron Donald sacked Texans QB Tom Savage and forced a fumble. OLB Matt Longacre recovered the ball and returned it eight yards. Donald has recorded 5.5 sacks this season.

    – Donald is the first Ram to force a fumble during the first drive of the game in back-to-back games.

    – Rookie OLB Samson Ebukam earned his first career sack on Savage and caused him to fumble. DT Tyrunn Walker recovered the fumble.

    – According to press box statistics, LB Alec Ogletree led the team in tackles with seven (four solo).

    – Going into today’s game, the Rams ranked second in the NFL in points off turnovers. Today, the Rams notched four turnovers and came away with three scores off those plays. Rams points after turnovers today: two field goals and one touchdown (13). Rams points off turnovers this season: 84.

    – In the last five games, the Rams defensive unit has given up an average of eight points per game and recorded at least 2.0 sacks in each contest in addition to at least one interception, dating back to L.A.’s last home game against the Seahawks.

    – The Rams defense has tallied at least one interception in eight-of-nine games this season.

    – WR/KR Pharoh Cooper returned two punts for 49 yards (24.5-yard average) and three punts for 32 yards, including a long of 27 yards.

    – K Greg Zuerlein converted four-of-four field goals from 27, 33, 50, and 33 yards. Zuerlein is 28-of-29 on field goal attempts this season and has converted all 30 extra points. In total, he has 114 points this season.

    #77382
    zn
    zn
    Moderator

    Woods’ Career Day Paves Way for 33-7 Rams Win

    Kristen Lago

    http://www.therams.com/news-and-events/article-1/Woods%E2%80%99-Career-Day-Paves-Way-for-33-7-Rams-Win-/64066f45-f906-448f-a80d-6ec6c3171bad

    There’s something about playing in the Coliseum that bodes well for wide receiver Robert Woods. While at USC, Woods set a program record for most career receptions with 252 in three seasons. He also recorded 2,930 yards from scrimmage with 32 touchdowns — cementing his status as one of the best Trojan receivers of all-time.

    On Sunday, Woods looked right at home as the Rams put on a commanding second-half performance to beat the Texans 33-7 in Los Angeles’ first true home game in over a month.

    “It feels good to be back, making some great plays like that,” Woods said. “It just popped this offense off [and] we’re happy we were able to do it right here at the Coliseum.”

    Woods had arguably his best performance as a pro, recording a pair of touchdowns for the second-straight game. He finished the contest with eight catches for a career-high 171 yards in an impressive display that earned him a game ball.

    “It feels good to be able to come to a new team, contribute, and be part of a winning team,” Woods said. “It’s just working hard with these guys, coming out, and seeing it pay off on Sundays. We’ve worked hard for this.”

    But in the first half of Sunday’s contest, the Rams offense looked uncharacteristically out of sync, recording just 131 yards. Fortunately, it didn’t take much time in the second half for L.A. to get back on track.

    The Rams nearly matched their first-half yardage on one play early in the third quarter — a 94-yard touchdown to Woods that marked the second-longest reception in the NFL this season. It was also the longest play from scrimmage by the franchise since 1964.

    On 2nd-and-8 from the L.A. six-yard line, quarterback Jared Goff came off of play action, dropped back, and delivered a beautiful deep ball to Woods — hitting him in stride on a post route. The ball traveled over 50 yards in the air while Woods took it the rest of the way, giving the Rams a 16-7 lead and effectively shifting the game’s momentum.

    “The players made a great play,” head coach Sean McVay said of the touchdown pass. “Robert was able to get inside of cornerback Johnathan Joseph, run by himself, and finish. That’s where you see that 200-meter juice.”

    “I don’t think we can talk about him as a possession receiver anymore after the last couple of weeks, so very pleased with Robert,” McVay added.

    But Woods wasn’t done yet.

    With 1:33 left in the third quarter, outside linebacker Samson Ebukam forced the Rams’ second strip-sack of the day, hitting quarterback Tom Savage hard enough to knock the ball out. Defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker recovered the fumble at Houston’s 12-yard line.

    It took the Rams just one play to capitalize on the takeaway when Goff hit Woods on a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage. The wideout forced a missed tackle as he sped his way into the endzone for his second touchdown of the day, extending the Rams lead 30-7.

    “I think [in the] second half everybody was paying attention,” Woods said of the turnaround. “We were focused on details and I think that’s why we were able to click and those plays finally were happening.”

    Overall this season, Woods has been a standout player on a Rams’ offense that is loaded with weapons. Not only has he proved himself as a reliable pass catcher and an effective route-runner, but he has also become a leader in the locker room.

    After the game many of his teammates praised the wideout, characterizing him as someone who raises the level of play among all players on the team.

    “Robert Woods leads this group,” wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. “The way that he practices, the way that he plays the games, the way he does everything — it kind of moves this wide receiver group.”

    “He’s been huge, he’s been as big as anybody on this team.” Goff echoed. “I think even if you take away everything that he does on Sunday’s, it’s been truly impressive seeing him day in and day out — the way we he works and brings guys along. His attitude daily and the way he communicates with me is impressive. I’m happy to have him, and I know he’s happy to be here.”

    #77392
    Agamemnon
    Agamemnon
    Moderator


    Agamemnon

    #77401
    zn
    zn
    Moderator

    Sean McVay has Rams resembling ‘Greatest Show on Turf’

    Michael Silver

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000876476/article/sean-mcvay-has-rams-resembling-greatest-show-on-turf

    LOS ANGELES — Halfway through Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans, it was clear that the NFC West-leading L.A. Rams had a problem: a 6-foot-5, 270-pound game-wrecker in an opposing uniform.

    Thanks largely to the disruptive and destructive efforts of Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the Rams’ high-flying offense had been grounded in the first two quarters of Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Limited to a trio of Greg Zuerlein field goals, L.A. held a 9-7 lead as rookie coach Sean McVay and his players filed into the home locker room.

    Suddenly, an offense being lauded as the second coming of “The Greatest Show on Turf” resembled the sludge stuck in an ’80s-style drainage pipe emptying into the Pacific Ocean. And McVay, the 31-year-old, eternally turnt up coaching wunderkind, was determined to find a flow.

    “Well guys, we can’t play any worse — and I can’t put you in any worse positions — and we’re still up 9-7,” McVay told his offensive players at halftime. “The good news is, if we don’t piss down our legs we’ll get it together and win this game. We’re out of sync, and one guy in particular is killing us. So now let’s find a way to fix it and go back to doing what we do.”

    The Rams’ attack stayed stagnant for the first five-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter until — on the second play of their second possession of the second half — McVay dialed up a call that would break open the game, and second-year quarterback Jared Goff executed it to perfection.

    With L.A. facing second-and-6 from its own six-yard-line, the Texans came out in a quarters defensive alignment leaving each of four Houston players responsible for a horizontal quadrant of the secondary. There was also a wrinkle: the Texans blitzed a cornerback off the weak side and dropped a linebacker into coverage to take his spot.

    When he recognized the coverage, McVay began speaking excitedly into Goff’s headset. “I couldn’t wait for us to snap the ball,” he said later.

    The same went for his quarterback: As McVay called the play, Goff was already rushing to the line to take the snap. “We’ve got Robert here,” McVay reminded him — and the rest was pure artistry: Goff making a sweet play-fake to halfback Todd Gurley, who slid to his left and picked up the blitzing Kevin Johnson; Woods running a pinpoint post pattern up the right seam.

    The only issue, as usual, was Clowney, who beat right tackle Rob Havenstein to the inside and bore down on Goff in the end zone as the quarterback prepared to throw. And then, just when it looked like the fourth-year pass rusher would wreck yet another opportunity, the 60,032 fans at the Coliseum witnessed a sublime sequence that summed up everything that has made the 2017 Rams dramatically different from their scoring-challenged 2016 forebears.

    As Clowney said afterward, as he walked from the visitors’ locker room toward the Texans’ team buses, “Man, that s— was crazy. I don’t know how they did that.”

    Havenstein, in a desperate measure that offensive linemen refer to as a “backdoor” maneuver, lunged his hand in front of Clowney and diverted him while spinning toward the quarterback. Goff, meanwhile, hung tough and absorbed a hit from Clowney just after delivering a perfect pass to Woods, who caught it in stride at midfield, with veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph in futile pursuit.

    Seconds later Woods was celebrating a 94-yard touchdown catch, the Rams’ longest play from scrimmage since 1964 — and the Rams were on their way to a 33-7 rout that reaffirmed their credentials as a legitimate, if totally surprising, contender.

    “The greatest trait a quarterback can have is not fearing failure — and that’s how Jared’s wired,” McVay marveled Sunday night. “He had brass balls on that play, and he dropped a dime. And that was so big, ’cause it opened everything up, and after that we were off and running.”

    McVay had plenty to do with that, revising his gameplan to run plays away from Clowney throughout the second half, supplementing that strategy by sliding extra blockers toward the linebacker and favoring calls designed to allow Goff to release the ball quickly.

    “We had a problem,” veteran offensive line coach Aaron Kromer said, “and Sean solved it.”

    In the process, McVay also killed the suspense in a mid-November interconference clash whose marquee value had already been depleted, as the Texans (3-6) were missing their own dynamic young quarterback — rookie Deshaun Watson — who’d suffered a season-ending ACL tear 10 days earlier.

    Yet running their winning streak to four was momentous for the Rams (7-2), who hold a one-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West and seem capable of outscoring anyone when they’re operating at peak performance.

    As with Goff’s deep ball to Woods from his own end zone, almost nobody saw this coming.

    Last year, the Rams had the league’s least productive offense, mustering just 224 points en route to a 4-12 record. Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, struggled mightily after taking over as the team’s starting quarterback in the 10th game of the season, and coach Jeff Fisher was fired with three games remaining in the dismal campaign.

    After the season the Rams hired McVay, Washington’s promising offensive coordinator, who at the time was 30 years old — making him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He and his 23-year-old quarterback have been lighting up the league since September, provoking comparisons to the 1999 Rams, who rebounded from a 3-13 record the previous season and swept to a stunning Super Bowl championship on the strength of future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and an explosive offense that commanded an iconic nickname.

    Now comprehend this: The Greatest Show on Turf produced 526 points in the ’99 regular season, while the current Rams — the league’s highest-scoring team in 2017 — scored exactly half of that total (263) over their first eight games. Sunday’s output kept L.A. on that pace (32.9 points per game) and allowed McVay and his players to feel a lot better upon entering the locker room after the game than they had at halftime.

    “We needed to hit some adversity, because we hadn’t hit any in a while,” said veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who has proven to be one of the league’s best free-agent signees of the past several seasons. “All week long we talked about it — what are we gonna do if we hit some adversity? Well, we found out.

    “It’s funny, because the week before that, I was talking about how we need to hit some shock plays. We’d been grinding it out and working our way up the field, but leaving those big plays on the table. Then, the last two weeks… boom. It’s pretty impressive.”

    Goff (25 of 37, 355 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions) credited the stabilizing efforts of a Rams defense that forced four Texans turnovers. Like Whitworth, he also found value in having overcome Sunday’s first-half futility.

    “Well, yeah — it’s good because we won,” Goff said. “As soon as we hit that big bomb, our intensity kind of went up a notch. You could feel that. And then we were rolling, and everyone got involved.”

    While Woods (eight catches, 171 yards, two touchdowns) enjoyed a career day, Goff also had key connections with receiver Sammy Watkins (two catches, 41 yards, one TD) and Gurley (who had 68 receiving yards, matching his rushing total). And Goff and his former offseason roommate, rookie wideout Cooper Kupp, hooked up six times for 47 yards.

    None of that success seemed likely after an opening quarter during which McVay’s offense bore an unwelcome resemblance to the 2016 Rams’ anemic attack — something that still bothered the coach hours after the game as he and several friends watched highlights on a large television screen at his home atop the San Fernando Valley.

    “We had six yards of offense in the first quarter,” McVay scoffed. “Six yards! At that point, I thought we were well on our way to a 30-yard game. … It was a total pukefest. I was ready to crawl into a hole.”

    Instead, he solved the problem and allowed the Rams to regain their stride in the second half. It’s becoming a trend — and the whole football world is starting to take notice.

    #77410
    wv
    wv
    Participant

    ..
    you can see the talent…

    =============

    Thats the thing. There have been some medium passes that reminded me of Bulger at his zinging-accurate-best. And some long passes that remind me of Hadl at his bombing-rainbow-best. And some pocket-awareness-guts that remind me of Kurt.

    And he’s only in his, what? 17th game? Somethin like that.

    Who knows, but we could be seeing the next Manning or Brady or…somebody.

    w
    v

    #77414
    nittany ram
    nittany ram
    Moderator
    #77420
    Zooey
    Zooey
    Participant

    So…Best Defenses Against the Pass…

    The top ten includes the Seahawks, Saints, Vikings, and Eagles.

    Alrighty, then.

    #77432
    Agamemnon
    Agamemnon
    Moderator

    Agamemnon

    #77440
    Agamemnon
    Agamemnon
    Moderator

    Agamemnon

    #77448
    Agamemnon
    Agamemnon
    Moderator

    Agamemnon

    #77462
    InvaderRam
    InvaderRam
    Moderator

    And he’s only in his, what? 17th game? Somethin like that.

    and just raw coming in. he’s only 23. turned 23 in october. and came from a system that doesn’t develop pro qbs.

    by contrast wentz will be 25 in december and learned in a pro style offense.

    he just needs to stay healthy and needs consistency around him.

    but yeah. he looks like he’s got a legitimate chance to be very very good.

    #77463
    InvaderRam
    InvaderRam
    Moderator

    and ya know what’s crazy. i remember when luck and rgiii were supposed to be generational talents. now they both might never play another snap again. winston and mariota were consensus number 1 and number 2 picks. they’re both struggling. goff and wentz? experts laughed when the rams and eagles traded up. shoot i questioned the move at the time. and of course there’s lots of football left to be played, but those 2 look the best of the bunch right now.

    of course this could all change, but both guys seem to be in the right environment to continue developing.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 15 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Comments are closed.