Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Rams rout defenceless New York Giants 51-17

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins (right) catches a pass in front of New York Giants' Landon Collins before going on to score a touchdown during the first half of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey yesterday.

If the last two games are any indication, the Los Angeles Rams are for real and then some.

Jared Goff set career highs with four touchdown throws and 311 yards passing, Todd Gurley ran for two more scores and the surprising Rams made one big play after another in beating the defenceless New York Giants 51-17 yesterday.

The win was the fifth in six games for the Rams, whose 6-2 start is the franchise's best since 2001, when the club went 14-2 in the regular season and eventually lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

What's even more impressive is that 31-year-old Sean McVay's team has won the last two games by a combined 84-17 margin, including a 33-0 win over the Cardinals in London.

Goff downplayed the success.

"Eight games in, eight games in," the second-year quarterback warned. "You've seen it in the past, teams start out hot and don't finish the season that way, or vice versa. We need to go week to week right now. We're excited about where we're at, for sure, 6-2 is really good. We finished the second quarter of the season 3-1. That's really good. But we have half the season to go."

 

ALMOST PERFECT GAMES

 

McVay said the Rams' last two games have been almost perfect in all three phases in remaining unbeaten in four road games. It's five if a "home" win in London is included.

The Rams' high-powered offence showed no rust coming off the bye, scoring on eight of their first nine possessions while reeling off six plays of 35 yards or more. The defence forced three turnovers that the offence turned into 17 points and the special teams blocked a third-quarter punt that Gurley converted into his second TD.

"It's exciting," said Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who intercepted Manning late in the first half. "A lot of guys in this locker room haven't been in this situation, 6-2. It's big, and every game is going to be more important, so we are doing everything one game at a time, one day at a time."

- AP