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NFL Week 13 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 7

Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams halted their three-game losing skid with a dominant 37-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.

Matthew Stafford returned to his early-season form in a big way, completing 68% of his passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns.

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Los Angeles Rams


Matthew Stafford played mistake-free football against the Jaguars, going without an interception for the first time since Week 8. He also had zero turnover-worthy plays for the fourth time this season and the first time since Week 7. Stafford was particularly effective on play-action, throwing for 180 yards and four big-time throws on such dropbacks.

Stafford finished the game with five big-time throws and earned a season-high passing grade (89.8) upon first review.

Matthew Stafford off play-action
Dropbacks Completion % YPA Big-time throw % Passer rating
13 83.30% 14.4 30.80% 118.8
Running Backs

Sony Michel got the bulk of the carries at running back with Darrell Henderson banged up. Michel received 24 carries for a season-high 121 yards and a score with 66% of his yards coming after contact. He managed to force a game-high five missed tackles and six of his carries went for a first down.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Cooper Kupp was nearly unguardable in this game, as he posted an eight-reception, 129-yard and one-touchdown performance. Three of his receptions went for over 15 yards and he finished with an impressive 3.31 yards per route run. His 89.8 receiving grade will rank near the top among wide receivers in Week 13.

Odell Beckham Jr. was targeted five times but caught both of his catchable passes to finish with 28 yards and a touchdown. Van Jefferson also got in on the scoring action, catching six passes for 41 yards and a score.

Player Targets Receptions YPR YPRR WR rating
Cooper Kupp 11 8 16.1 3.31 141.9
Van Jefferson 8 6 6.8 1.17 125.7
Tyler Higbee 5 5 9.6 1.41 106.7
Odell Beckham Jr. 5 2 14.0 1.27 98.3
Offensive Line

The Rams offensive line had another impressive performance up front, conceding just six pressures with nobody allowing more than two in the game. Andrew Whitworth was the only one to not allow a pressure in the game and earned a 91.0 pass-blocking grade. All five starting offensive lineman graded above 70.0 in pass protection upon first review.

Defensive Line

Aaron Donald dominated from start to finish and posted one of his best performances of the season. Donald totaled seven pressures and 1.5 sacks on 31 pass-rush snaps. He won on 35.3% of his pass-rush reps, his highest percentage since Week 1.

Donald also stuffed the gaps against the run, creating three defensive stops, two tackles for loss or no gain and one forced fumble. He earned elite pass-rush and run defense grades to earn a season-high 94.9 defensive grade upon first review.


Ernest Jones played one of his best games against the run this season, generating five defensive stops and three tackles for loss or no gain. He also held up well in coverage, allowing three receptions on eight targets for 24 yards and one first down. He finished with a season-high 89.6 defensive grade.


The Rams secondary limited plays down the field and managed to allow just 122 yards and six first downs in coverage. Dont’e Deayon allowed a team-high in receptions (5), receiving yards (56) and first downs (4), but he was the only blunder in an overall impressive showing.

Jalen Ramsey earned the highest coverage grade among the Rams secondary, allowing one reception on four targets while also forcing an incompletion on fourth down.

Player Targets Yards allowed FINC Passer rating allowed
Darious Williams 5 32 1 93.3
Taylor Rapp 2 17 0 79.2
Jordan Fuller 1 5 0 87.5
Jalen Ramsey 4 12 1 39.6
Dont’e Deayon 5 56 0 113.3

Jacksonville Jaguars


It was a day to forget for Trevor Lawrence. The rookie quarterback completed 57% of his attempts for a measly 145 yards. He averaged just 5.2 yards per pass attempt, and only half of his completions went for a first down. Lawrence failed to finish with a big-time throw for the first time this season, but he also didn’t tally a turnover-worthy play.

Trevor Lawrence in a clean pocket vs. pressured
Dropbacks Comp. % YPA Passer rating
Clean Pocket 23 68.2% 5.9 83.3
Pressured 10 16.7% 2.7 39.6
Running Backs

James Robinson and Carlos Hyde split carries, but neither was successful on the ground. Neither running back averaged over 3.0 yards per carry, with both coughing up the ball for the Jaguars' only turnovers in the game. Hyde did score from 1-yard out, but neither back finished with over 25 rushing yards in a disappointing rushing performance.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Laquon Treadwell was the only Jaguars receiver to create separation for Lawrence. He hauled in four of his five targets for 62 yards and two first downs. Forty of his 62 yards came after the catch, and he recorded two of the team’s three explosive receptions in the game. Laviska Shenault Jr. caught three passes for 30 yards despite his depth of target being just 3.0 yards downfield.

Marvin Jones Jr. posted a season-low 11 receiving yards, but both of his receptions were in tight coverage.

Player Routes run Targets Yards YPRR
Marvin Jones Jr. 31 2 11 0.35
Laquon Treadwell 30 5 62 2.07
Laviska Shenault Jr. 23 5 30 1.30
James O’Shaughnessy 23 6 13 0.57
Tavon Austin 10 2 9 0.90
Offensive Line

Andrew Norwell and Ben Bartch combined to allow seven pressures in pass protection with both grading below 20.0 on pass-blocking snaps upon first review. The offensive line didn’t do much better in run blocking, as the running backs combined for 0.3 yards before contact per carry and all five offensive lineman had more negatively graded run blocks than positive ones.

Cam Robinson was the only bright spot on the offensive line, as he didn’t allow a pressure and earned an 87.3 pass-blocking grade.

Defensive Line

The Jaguars defensive line totaled 11 pressures in the game, but seven were either unblocked or deemed in cleanup. Dawuane Smoot and Josh Allen combined for six of the unit’s 11 pressures in the game but neither edge rusher won on more than 14% of his pass-rush snaps. Nobody on the Jaguars defensive line earned a pass rush grade above 67.0.


Damien Wilson struggled mightily in coverage, conceding four first-down receptions for 112 yards. His 29.2 coverage grade will finish near the bottom among linebackers in Week 13. 

Myles Jack didn’t allow a reception on his lone target in the game. He also finished with one defensive stop and one tackle for loss or no gain against the run.


The Jaguars secondary had no answer for the Rams' explosive passing attack. Nobody allowed over 40 yards in coverage, but the unit combined to allow 19 receptions for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Nevin Lawson gave up two scores and 38 receiving yards to finish with a 36.0 coverage grade.

Player Targets Receptions allowed Yards allowed Passer rating allowed
Nevin Lawson 8 6 38 124.0
Andrew Wingard 3 2 37 148.6
Rayshawn Jenkins 4 2 26 70.8
Tyson Campbell 4 3 21 86.5
Rudy Ford 2 2 8 83.3
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