Blowout Aftermath: ‘Preseason Game 5’ is over, now the true test begins

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Updated: September 12, 2017

The fact that the Rams took the opportunity to beat down a Colts team that is clearly awful was wonderful. It would’ve been classic Rams to struggle against a lesser team for one reason or another but this new Rams era proved it could blowout lesser competition. Now fans have to wonder how good this team actually is.

That’s a good thing though as the Rams at least demonstrated they CAN reach certain heights and the challenge becomes sustaining it. There were lessons to take away from a blowout win against a tanking Colts team though. The specific manner in which the Colts were dismantled isn’t likely to happen again this season but it wasn’t a fluke either.

THE WADE PHLLIPS EFFECT IS REAL

The biggest positive fans had going into this season was that somehow they lured Wade Phillips to run the defense. Phillips’ reputation as a guy who can turn good defenses into great defenses was put to the test and it passed with flying colors. Even without their best player in Aaron Donald, Phillips was able to scheme it so Tyrunn Walker and Tanzel Smart were effective in getting to Scott Tolzein. Robert Quinn excelled in his first outing as a linebacker registering a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The most noticeable contribution was in the secondary. Trumaine Johnson tied his interception total for all of last year and he and Lamarcus Joyner had pick sixes. Nickell Robey-Coleman also proved to be a solid pick up as well. Wade will now get Aaron Donald back so the defense can only get better.

Sean McVay’s Offense is Working

Sean McVay became a minor lightning rod for the talking head industrial complex because some felt his youth would be an issue. It turns out that youthful energy isn’t just a buzz term but a tangible thing. It also helps that having the youngest team in the league causes his style to play well. Goff (more on him later) looked great and the offense moved at a pace that probably gave Jeff Fisher a heart attack.

He was true to his word that the offense would spread it around and he managed to revive Todd Gurley. The line is still a work in progress but the pacing helped cover those issues for a week. McVay’s offense can only get better and this is a true sign that things are turning around in Los Angeles.

The Rams have a tougher test against Washington but it’s clear that Sean McVay has laid the foundation for a new era for Los Angeles Rams football.

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