Oh, Thursday night! The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) hold off a San Francisco 49ers (0-3), 41-39, in a mad intra-divisional shootout in Week 3. Here’s what we learned:
1. After unwell to measure a touchdown by dual games, a 49ers offense woke adult usually in time for a mad second-half quip attempt. Shaking off a first-play interception, Brian Hoyer grew some-more fit as a diversion went on, heading 4 second-half touchdown drives and joining with his underrated playmakers on tosses brief and long. Hoyer bending adult with Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon on extensive gains and found Trent Taylor for middle plays. But a unsuccessful additional indicate and two-point acclimatisation kept San Francisco from restraining this one adult and promulgation a Levi’s loyal into hysterics. Early mistakes from Hoyer and a crowd of penalties kept San Francisco from earning a initial win of a Kyle Shanahan era, though a 49ers’ late convene on Thursday night should yield those in a reconstruct some solace.
2. The Rams, and their star using back, have been reborn. Only 3 games into a Sean McVay era, Gurley available a best two-game scoring widen of his career and finally went over 100 rushing yards for a initial time given 2015. On Thursday night, Gurley was assured on a idea line early, scoring 3 touchdowns inside a 10-yard line in a initial half, one of that came on a pass. Gurley already has as many touchdowns (six) this deteriorate as he had all of final year; he could have had dual some-more too, if it weren’t for a span of stout stands from a Niners’ front seven.
The back’s resurgent deteriorate is possibly a matter to or a byproduct of a Rams’ descent series underneath McVay. we contend that given it’s not utterly transparent nonetheless what a loyal temperament of this juggernaut is, usually that, underneath McVay, a enlightenment has altered for a better. Just ask Gurley.
“Oh man, it’s unbelievable,” Gurley pronounced on the Thursday Night Football set after a game. “Just going from a initial dual years not being means to measure like that … Knowing final year we wasn’t means to run a round as efficient, we gotta open my wings adult and do something else.”
Don’t trust this group is historically producing? McVay’s Rams have tallied 106 points, their franchise’s many by 3 games given 2000 (119), when The Greatest Show on Turf roamed eastern Missouri.
3. Of course, it’s not usually Gurley. Jared Goff is removing all of his playmakers involved. With Gurley providing a solid hazard on a ground, Goff employed a play-action on mixed occasions, mostly opposite plays, to open adult routes for new additions Sammy Watkins (6 receptions, 106 yards, 2 TDs) and Robert Woods (6 receptions, 108 yards). The dual receivers, who had ceded targets to rookies Cooper Kupp and Gerald Everett in L.A.’s initial dual games, finally saw their satisfactory share of targets, creation a many of it opposite an injury-riddled 49ers secondary. Even Tavon Austin got involved, scarcely scoring on an effective sweep.
“Jared has taken stairs in a right direction,” McVay pronounced after a game. “We’ll continue to design a same from him.”
Every now and again, Goff will chuck off his behind leg, backpedal too distant into a slot and/or chuck a duck, though those instances are entrance fewer and over between. The sophomore slinger has adequate weapons to commander a energetic offense, and he’s utilizing them so distant to their fullest.
4. The Niners have a fortify problem. San Francisco racked adult 10 penalties, a final of that was a many crucial. On a third-down acclimatisation following an onside flog recovery, Taylor was tagged with a controversial descent pass division penalty, pulling a Niners behind into their possess domain and out of contention.
5. Rough night for both teams on a damage front. Already down starting reserve Eric Reid, a Niners mislaid reserve Jaquiski Tartt to a concussion. They also saw fullback Kyle Juszczyk (neck) and linebacker Brock Coyle (concussion) exit a game.
The Rams, meanwhile, will have to persperate out news per dual of their tip wideouts. Watkins and Austin both left late with concussions. Rams defensive behind Lamarcus Joyner also went down with a hamstring damage in a initial half.
6. Bills fans: demeanour away, or during slightest skip down to a subsequent point. Woods, Watkins and Goodwin, 3 Buffalo receivers jettisoned by new manager Sean McDermott, total for 276 yards on 14 receptions. Bills wideouts have tallied 149 receiving yards by dual games.
7. The destiny is now. This prime-time strife between rookie coaches with descent backgrounds and a total age of 68 constructed positively a many sparkling back-and-forth scuffle of a deteriorate so far. In fact, it was a top scoring diversion in Thursday Night Football story (80 points). As they are each year, reports of a National Football League’s genocide are severely exaggerated. As prolonged as there are artistic play-callers and late-night descent explosions, there will be football, and viewers, and national happiness.
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