Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards even with out favourite goal Cooper Kupp, Kyren Williams and Cam Akers mixed for 3 landing runs and the Los Angeles Rams shocked the Seattle Seahawks 30-13 within the season opener Sunday.
Stafford was good selecting aside Seattle’s secondary for the 58th 300-yard passing recreation of his profession within the common season. He did so regardless of Kupp being sidelined for the primary 4 video games of the season whereas on injured reserve as a result of a hamstring damage.
Stafford discovered some new targets to make use of.
Rookie Puka Nacua had 10 catches for 119 yards and was focused 15 occasions within the first recreation of his profession. Tutu Atwell had a career-high 119 yards on six catches. And the Rams have been at their greatest on third downs, the place they transformed 11 of 17 probabilities resulting in lengthy drives and an enormous benefit in time of possession.
Los Angeles had 27 first downs, 426 complete yards and 39:23 time of possession.
Williams had a 1-yard landing run within the first quarter and his 7-yard rating on the opening drive of the second half gave Los Angeles a 14-13 lead. Akers added a 1-yard TD with 9:45 remaining on fourth-and-goal and left Seattle’s followers booing the efficiency of the house group.
The aim for Stafford, head coach Sean McVay and the remainder of the Rams was to be aggressive even after an offseason that as a result of wage cap points noticed many of the roster be gutted. That left Los Angeles counting on a number of unproven gamers surrounding the few remaining stars on the roster.
The opener was indication the Rams might be extra than simply aggressive.
In the meantime, Seattle flopped coming into a season the place the assumption was it might shut the hole on San Francisco within the NFC West. However most of the points that emerged final season when the Seahawks bumped into issues remained prevalent.
Seattle couldn’t get off the sphere on third down. It couldn’t maintain its personal drives going 2 of 9 on third downs and settled for subject aim makes an attempt within the first half when touchdowns have been wanted. The frustration with the efficiency grew to become evident within the closing minutes when DK Metcalf was flagged for taunting and Quandre Diggs was referred to as for pointless roughness for a foul away from the play.
Seattle had simply 12 yards of offense and just one first down within the second half.
Geno Smith’s second season as a starter acquired off to a rocky begin as he accomplished 16 of 26 passes for under 112 yards. He had a 10-yard landing toss to Metcalf within the first half, however Seattle had just one offensive play of longer than 15 yards.
Seattle misplaced each of its beginning offensive tackles to accidents within the third quarter with proper deal with Abraham Lucas and left deal with Charles Cross leaving, together with broad receiver Tyler Lockett.
Lucas was introduced with a knee damage. Cross limped off with a toe damage on his proper foot and didn’t return. Later within the quarter, Lockett was hit by Rams security Russ Yeast on a run play and was examined for a concussion. He didn’t return.
Rams cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon was injured late within the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
Seattle was with out rookie first-round choose Devon Witherspoon because the younger cornerback continues to work again from a hamstring damage that restricted him throughout coaching camp. Witherspoon was listed as questionable, however coach Pete Carroll stated the group wasn’t going to hurry him again after solely returning to follow final week.
Rams: Host San Francisco subsequent Sunday.
Seahawks: At Detroit to face the Lions subsequent Sunday.