The Los Angeles Rams opened the preseason at home against the Dallas Cowboys and won the game with their defense.
Sean McVay officially started his career as a head coach with a win at home against the Cowboys. The final score was 13-10 Rams, in a game that ended up being a defensive matchup.
Jared Goff and the first team played for two drives and scored one touchdown before letting the second and third teams show what they can do.
On Goff’s touchdown drive, he completed a pass to Robert Woods that was fumbled in the endzone but fortunately for L.A., rookie Cooper Kupp made a heads-up play by diving on the ball for the recovery and the score.
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Outside of Wade Phillip’s sound defense, Kupp was a bright spot for the Rams, who McVay called the smartest rookie he’s coached. Kupp only had two receptions for 35 yards, but he scored L.A.’s only TD on the evening.
As far as the rest of the offense, the Rams still have work to do to get on track. Running back Todd Gurley struggled getting only four carries and gaining just two yards. The rest of the offense also struggled, and as a team fumbled five times but recovered four of them.
Ball security will certainly be a point of emphasis for McVay and his coaching staff in practice. When a team fumbles five times in a game they usually lose.
L.A. got the victory despite their mistakes and handed Dallas a loss in their preseason opener for a second-straight year. Although there will be plenty of film for the Rams to study and learn from, a win is a win.
L.A. will be headed north next in a match against the Oakland Raiders Week 2 of the preseason.