Rams Prove They Can Adapt With Win Over Jags

LOS ANGELES (AP) – After stumbling and reeling with three losses in November, the Los Angeles Rams rebounded with the result they needed against one of the worst teams in the NFL.

But it was the way the Rams beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-7 that gave them the confidence they need to get back on track in their season.

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The Rams (8-4) controlled both sides of the ball as it should be against a 2-10 rival. But they began their dominance in the first offensive drive and with something they hadn’t shown all year – a jumbo lineup, using Joseph Noteboom as an extra lineman and running the ball between the Jags.

“We decided to change the lineup and go out there and run the ball,” tackle Andrew Whitworth said Monday. “Some of them were really like, ‘You know it’s going to be on the ground, we know we’re going to race and we know we can run better than them.”

Led by Matthew Stafford’s four touchdown passes, Sony Michel’s 121 yards rushing, and Cooper Kupp’s 129 yards passing, all added to an unpredictable offense that constantly found ways to beat Jacksonville, even with a regular one. solid defense.

The Los Angeles defense also performed well, taking advantage of Jacksonville’s weaknesses and allowing only 197 yards to the Jaguars – the fewest this season for new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris’ group.

The Rams had hardly changed the lineup all season, with the fewest changes and the same three-back set on most plays for any other NFL team. Robert Woods’ injury and a three-game losing streak forced coach Sean McVay to re-evaluate what he was doing and came up with a new plan that worked for him.

WHAT WORKS

Kupp didn’t make his first catch until the two-minute break, but he finished with his seventh 100-yard game (his 11th game of minus 90 yards) this season. The receivers ‘connection to Stafford remains the cornerstone of the Rams’ attack even when all opponents know what they will do. Woods’ injury seriously damaged the Los Angeles offense, but Kupp – who has had multiple injuries – remains unstoppable.

NEEDS HELP

The Rams still depend on some talented players. Tight end Kendall Blanton and rookie catcher Ben Skowronek lost the ball in costly ways, while Dont’e Deayon, Nick Scott and Darious Williams – no fringe players, but the starting cornerback – had tough moments in coverage. Depth issues with star-studded Rams is the main issue.

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