Los Angeles Rams Shock the Bucs
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay’s excitement for the potential within this offense finally came into fruition this Sunday. The Rams led against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the third quarter, 14-7. The Rams faced a huge third and ten at their own 25-yard line. McVay drew up a masterpiece that would build the momentum they needed. As the game continued, the Buccaneers never seemed to gain any momentum back. Rams receiver DeSean Jackson Jackson burnt Buccaneers cornerback down the sideline for 30 yards and a touchdown which gave them a two-touchdown lead. Los Angeles beat the Buccaneers in convincing fashion, 34-24.
“I think my hamstrings are already sore. I probably pulled them both,” McVay said jokingly. “In the moment and having fun, enjoying watching these guys do their thing and there was a lot of reasons to be excited for our team today.”
Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Jackson was only open due to blown coverage and lack of communication on defense.
“We’re up in his face one time, he finds a guy wide open down the field and gets it to him. Other guys, they see him but they can’t get it to ’em,” Arians said of Stafford. “He gets it to them, so he’s a special player.”
Matthew Stafford Seizes the Opportunity
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford who emphasized how much he wanted to come to LA to play in big games and have an opportunity to win the championship sure has proven his gratitude these pasts several weeks. He passed for 343 yards, and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He outdueled Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and snapped their ten-game regular season and playoff winning streak.
“I think Sean does a great job of giving us a game plan that really keeps the defense on their toes,” said Stafford, who completed 27 of 38 passes. “I mean, we threw the ball underneath today, we threw screens, we threw it over the top, we ran the ball, we play-actioned, we did a little bit of everything. So when he’s got us going like that, you know, it’s fun to go out there and execute them.”
Although Brady was defeated he still played exceptional as well. He completed 41 of the 55 passes attempted for 432 yards and one passing touchdown and rushing touchdown. After this game, Brady surpassed retired quarterback Drew Brees as the only quarterback to throw for more than 80,000 yards.
“We got off to a slow start, so anytime you do that you’re fighting behind all day, and I think we played a good team that didn’t turn the ball over,” Brady said.
Los Angeles Builds Traditions and Streaks of Their Own
However, the winning continues for the Rams and McVay. This is the third time in five seasons the head coach in which his teams has started 3-0, per sources. Future Hall of Famer Aaron Donald was asked if he thought the Rams were one of the favorites to get to the championship: he responded “for sure”.
“Everybody’s always having fun together. And last time we had a team like that we went to the Super Bowl,” said Donald, who had three tackles and got his first career sack against Brady.