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Bonsignore: Rams put the NFL on notice with one play

By in Press Enterprise on November 13, 2017

By Vincent Bonsignore

As if the Rams weren’t becoming a big enough problem for the NFL, over the past few weeks they’ve added an important and scary weapon.

The Rams, it seems, can score from anywhere on the field.

Last week it was Sammy Watkins and Jared Goff waylaying the Giants on a 67-yard touchdown pass, their first hook-up on a long ball after weeks of trying.

Later on, it was Robert Woods taking a screen pass on third and 33 to the house for a 52-yard touchdown.

All of which was merely a prelude to what happened Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Leading 9-7 early in the third quarter against a Houston defense that, frankly, was having its way against Goff and the Rams, and backed up at their own six-yard line, the assumption was the Rams would play it safe and try to buy themselves some breathing room with a few safe run plays.

“Obviously you’re always looking to score, but at the very least you want to get a couple of first times for your punt team and turn the field back over,” Rams center John Sullivan said.

Rams head coach Sean McVay had other ideas. The Texans were sticking with the same first-half plan of loading the line of scrimmage with defenders, and it offered McVay the chance to cash in on the big payday he anticipated after some coy first-half play-calling.

“Look, I’m not going to pretend to understand what plays Sean was setting up in the first half for the second,” Sullivan said with a sly smile. “But I know based on how they were playing, they were running linebackers through and changing their techniques at the snap. They wouldn’t play us straight up and in that way they were doing a good job of shutting down the run. But when you commit as many […]    

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