Rams takeaways: Plenty to choose on, particularly Stafford picks

The Rams defeated the Atlanta Falcons 31-27 Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

What we realized from the Rams’ victory:

Quarterback Matthew Stafford nonetheless should scale back turnovers: Coach Sean McVay and Stafford are fast to elucidate that each interception has a distinct story.

OK, no argument there.

However Stafford, who had a league-high 17 passes intercepted final season, already has had 5 intercepted in two video games.

Stafford insists that his throwing arm is ok and Sunday he accomplished 27 of 36 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns.

But when the Rams need to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions, Stafford can’t proceed at this turnover tempo.

Receiver Allen Robinson could be a issue: After focusing on Robinson solely twice within the season-opening defeat to the Buffalo Payments, McVay and Stafford stated they wanted to contain him extra.

Towards the Falcons, they waited all of 1 play.

Robinson was focused 5 occasions. He had 4 catches for 53 yards, together with a landing.

Cooper Kupp remained Stafford’s go-to receiver, catching 11 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in 14 targets. Tight Tyler Higbee was focused 9 occasions and had seven catches for 71 yards.

Working again Cam Akers responded to McVay’s name for extra urgency: Akers rushed for 44 yards in 15 carries towards the Falcons. He additionally caught two passes for 18 yards.

The third-year professional delivered on McVay’s request after he gained zero yards in three carries towards the Payments.

“Got more reps, got more burn,” Akers stated. “Made the most of them.”

What should he do to get extra alternatives?

“Do more of what I did,” he stated.

Receiver Ben Skowronek added one other function: All through the sport, Skowronek lined up as a fullback within the I-formation.

“Just to be able to mix it up a little bit,” McVay stated.

Skowronek caught two passes for 16 yards, helped defend Stafford and cleared the way in which for Akers and Darrell Henderson.

He stays a particular groups staple.

Offensive lineman Alaric Jackson offers versatility: Proper guard Tremayne Anchrum suffered an ankle harm on the second play of his first profession begin, so Jackson stepped in.

Jackson, a second-year professional, was set to function a swing sort out.

However he confirmed he can also play guard, and he helped an offensive line that gave up seven sacks towards the Payments give up just one towards the Falcons.

Rookie cornerback Cobie Durant is a playmaker: Durant, a fourth-round draft choose from South Carolina State, intercepted a move and recorded a sack in his debut on protection.

Durant entered Sunday’s sport at cornerback after Troy Hill suffered a groin harm within the second quarter. One sequence later, Durant picked off a move by Marcus Mariota that tipped off the fingers of Cordarrelle Patterson and returned it 51 yards to arrange a landing that gave the Rams a 21-3 halftime lead.

Rams defensive again Cobie Durant, proper, celebrates with linebacker Terrell Lewis after his interception arrange a landing.

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“On tips and overthrows, you got to execute,” Durant stated, including, “I was like, ‘Dang, here you go, have my pick and was like get to the crib.’ … I just take advantage of my opportunities.”

The protection was a lot better on third down: After permitting the Payments to transform 9 of 10 occasions on third down, the Rams stopped the Falcons seven of 10 occasions. The Falcons transformed two third downs on the primary drive and just one thereafter.

Linebacker Ernest Jones had a game-high 12 tackles for the Rams.

Durant, inside linebacker Bobby Wagner and out of doors linebacker Justin Hollins sacked Marcus Mariota, who accomplished 17 of 26 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.

The punt unit wants work: Within the second sport of the 2022 season, the Falcons blocked a punt by Riley Dixon and returned it 26 yards for a landing.

It harked to final season when, within the second sport, a snap bounced off the Rams punt protector and the Indianapolis Colts recovered the ball in the long run zone for a landing.

Rams particular groups items confirmed final season that they might enhance by season’s finish. They want a repeat in the event that they intention to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions.