Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams ended Week 7 with a convincing 37-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
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Jared Goff’s accuracy was impressive against the Falcons. He picked them apart methodically, using a mixture of screens, pick routes and intermediate crossers to march the Rams on several long drives. Although Goff narrowly missed a couple of deeper throws, he put up a beauty on a deep touchdown to Todd Gurley to highlight an impressive day. The Rams’ quarterback thrived on play-action, continually keeping the offense ahead of the chains and opening up some running lanes for the Rams' quality rushing attack.
The Rams' defense dominated in the trenches, with the standout performer being none other than Aaron Donald. The play of the game came early in the fourth quarter when Donald strip-sacked quarterback Matt Ryan and recovered the fumble in the process. The game was essentially over at that point, and Ryan left the game injured and did not return.
Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey had an up-and-down debut with the team. He made a great play to force a fumble on a Devota Freeman carry in the first half and was solid for the most part in coverage, although he did get beat by Julio Jones on a route that should have ended in a touchdown.
The box score will suggest that tight end Austin Hooper had a solid game, but the majority of his yards (and his touchdown) came late when the game was already out of hand. The Rams' defense deserves a lot of credit for how they locked him up in this one.
The Falcons' offensive line was dominated in both the run game and in pass protection. Atlanta was unable to get anything on the ground early and then fell too far behind to commit to it later on. Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler and company racked up five sacks in a game that was never really in doubt for the majority of the second half.
Despite their effectiveness stymying LA’s running game, the Falcons’ front seven was deadly quiet in the pass-rush. Nothing worked. The Rams’ front five picked up stunts well, and none of Atlanta’s defensive lineman won their individual matchups. Only sub-package defenders Vic Beasley and Adrian Clayborn generated much pressure, but Atlanta couldn’t force Goff into obvious passing situations.