Rams end long road stretch, and hope to have Coliseum ‘rocking’ on Sunday
By Rich Hammond
Take the 110 freeway to Martin Luther King, then head west for a few blocks. If necessary, roll down the window and follow the surprisingly sweet smell of success emanating from the Rams these days.
The Rams haven’t played at the Coliseum since Oct. 8. That day, they lost to Seattle to fall to 3-2, and their season seemed to be teetering. After five weeks and more than 16,500 air miles, the Rams have returned home, winners of three consecutive games and atop the NFC West standings by a full game.
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The thought of coming home, though, only seemed to inspire shrugs from Rams players.
“To be honest, I’ll play anywhere right now with this group of men,” cornerback Trumaine Johnson said after Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants. “We’re so focused. We really are.”
Nobody needs to be convinced. The results are self-evident and striking. The Rams took three long trips and outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 111-34. The offense is full of big plays, the defense is forcing turnovers and the special-teams unit has blocked two punts in three weeks.
The Rams (6-2) have reached the midpoint of the season, and things are going so well that Coach Sean McVay had to be asked Monday whether there was anything upon which the Rams could improve.
“There’s always going to be things, when you break down an entire game, that you can clean up,” McVay said, “whether it’s fundamentals or techniques or some of the assignments. But I think we feel […]