Week 1 Biggest Surprises: Rams Blow Colts Away in Dominant Fashion

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Updated: September 10, 2017

Wow.

That’s about all anyone can say after this one.  As soon as the Rams took the field, it was score after score.  Granted, the Colts were without their starting QB Andrew Luck and a few other players, but I don’t think anyone saw a game like this coming.

It began with the Colts winning the toss, and deferring.  Deferring proved to be their first mistake when, after Greg Zuerlein nailed a 50-yard field goal, Trumaine Johnson intercepted an out-route pass to T.Y. Hilton, and returned it 39 yards for a pick six touchdown.  Little did we know that was only the beginning.

The Colts, however, almost responded immediately.  Indianapolis running back Marlon Mack took the ball almost to the endzone, but was knocked out at the 1 yard line.  It appeared as if his foot stayed in bounds and the ball crossed the goal line, and with the Rams and just about everyone else expecting the Colts to challenge the play, they surprisingly chose not to, instead attempting to catch the Rams off guard by not huddling.

But the run fell short, the Colts ultimately lost yards, and were forced to settle for a 20-yard field goal, and for the next few drives, it was all about the rookies.  Most notably Cooper Kupp, who scored his first career NFL touchdown.

The defense was probably the biggest story of the day.  Trumaine Johnson absolutely went off, with a pick six and forcing a fumble which he recovered himself.  Lamarcus Joyner also pulled off his first career pick six.  But what amazes me most was that the Rams were able to do all this without Aaron Donald.  Let’s face it: this game seemed easily winnable when Andrew Luck was ruled out.  But you have to give credit to the Rams: they didn’t take it easy just because a few good players were hurt.  They wanted to show they could play a strong football game, and that’s exactly what they did.  It makes you wonder how much better it could get once Donald returns.

Despite the defensive dominance, we shouldn’t overlook how great of a day Jared Goff had.  Watching this game I was amazed at how often I was finding myself confident the Rams would score.  Every offensive drive I was saying to myself, “they’re gonna score, they’re gonna hit this pass and get it in the endzone, and they will score.”  It was a very strong showing on all fronts.  For the revamped coaching staff, Wade Phillips and Sean McVay, if this wasn’t a big way to kick off-year 1, I don’t know what is.  Time and time again the Rams were playing the most dominant football just about anyone has seen them play in a very long time.  So if this game was any indication, then Rams Nation has an awful lot to be excited about in 2017.

Or maybe those good-looking white horn helmets gave us good luck, which is still a plus in my book.

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