INGLEWOOD – The hot streak remains alive in Los Angeles after the Rams smoothly defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at SoFi Stadium in Week 3 of the NFL season. After a slow start from both teams and a scoreless first quarter, momentum quickly picked up in the second quarter and the Rams were off to the races from there.
It was a highly-anticipated matchup of the two top teams in the league, and the Rams made a statement. Quarterback Matthew Stafford gets better every week. His nearly flawless passing was unmatched on Sunday. He threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns, completing 27 out of 38 passes. Rams running back Sony Michel stepped up in the absence of Darrell Henderson, who is out with a rib injury. Michel had 20 carries for 67 yards.
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had yet another strong performance with nine receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. DeSean Jackson added three receptions for an impressive 120 yards. The Rams took a comfortable two-touchdown lead early in the third quarter when Jackson caught a 75-yard pass from Stafford for a touchdown in perhaps the most electrifying moment of the afternoon. The Rams were basically smooth sailing from this point forward.
As for the Rams defense, Kenny Young and Jalen Ramsey led the way with a combined 18 tackles. Young added an explosive sack toward the end of the third quarter, which led to a 48-yard field goal by the Rams after Bucs punter Bradley Pinion shanked the punt right after Young’s sack.
Overall, the Rams had it their way with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. For Week 4, the Rams are back at SoFi Stadium to face the Arizona Cardinals, who also remain undefeated, but barely slipped by the winless Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. But Cardinals’ Kyler Murray is considered a top quarterback, known to disrupt defense. Rams will need to bring the heat into this next matchup, as well.