Los Angeles Rams Shock the Bucs
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay’s excitement for the potential within this offense finally came into fruition this Sunday. The Rams led against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the third quarter, 14-7. The Rams faced a huge third and ten at their own 25-yard line. McVay drew up a masterpiece that would build the momentum they needed. As the game continued, the Buccaneers never seemed to gain any momentum back. Rams receiver DeSean Jackson swiftly outran Buccaneers cornerback down the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown, extending their lead by two touchdowns. Los Angeles beat the Buccaneers in convincing fashion, 34-24.
“I can feel my hamstrings already hurting. I might have pulled both of them,” McVay joked. “Being caught up in the moment, having a blast, and loving watching these guys do their thing, there were many reasons to be thrilled for our team today.”
Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said Jackson was only open due to blown coverage and lack of communication on defense.
“We’re right in front of him, and suddenly he spots a wide-open player downfield and delivers the ball. Others see the opportunity but struggle to execute.” Arians said of Stafford. “He gets it to them, so he’s a special player.”
Matthew Stafford Seizes the Opportunity
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford who emphasized how much he wanted to come to LA to play in big games and have an opportunity to win the championship sure has proven his gratitude these pasts several weeks. He threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions. He outdueled Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and snapped their ten-game regular season and playoff winning streak.
“Sean provides us with a versatile game plan that keeps the defense guessing,” said Stafford, who completed 27 of 38 passes. “We utilized a variety of offensive strategies today, including short passes, screens, deep throws, running plays, play-action, and more.” So when he’s got us going like that, you know, it’s fun to go out there and execute them.”
Although Brady was defeated he still played exceptional as well. He completed 41 of the 55 passes attempted for 432 yards and one passing touchdown and rushing touchdown. After this game, Brady surpassed retired quarterback Drew Brees as the only quarterback to throw for more than 80,000 yards.
“We had a sluggish start, so when that happens, you’re playing catch-up all day. We were up against a strong team that didn’t give away the ball,” commented Brady.
Los Angeles Builds Traditions and Streaks of Their Own
However, the winning continues for the Rams and McVay. This is the third time in five seasons the head coach in which his teams has started 3-0, per sources. When asked if he believed the Rams were among the top contenders for the championship, Aaron Donald confidently replied, “Definitely.”
“We’re having a great time as a team, and the last time we had this kind of chemistry, we made it to the Super Bowl,” said Donald, who made three tackles and recorded his first career sack against Brady.