Rams roll over Houston

Rams roll over Houston

After the final whistle of the Rams’ fourth consecutive victory, wide receiver Robert Woods looked into the stands and felt the love from thousands of Los Angeles fans who stuck around for another blowout win.

“Keep coming out to the coliseum, and we’re going to keep winning for y’all!” Woods shouted.

After a false start to their franchise’s homecoming last season, the Rams are on a roll. The Houston Texans are the latest opponent to get flattened.

Woods caught two of Jared Goff’s three touchdown passes during a dominant third quarter, and the Rams returned home after a month away with a 33-7 victory over Houston on Sunday.

After struggling to a 9-7 lead during a quiet first half, the NFL’s highest-scoring team took control with a series of big throws by Goff, who passed for a career-high 355 yards with no interceptions for the Rams (7-2).

The defense also shut out Houston in the second half on the way to the Rams’ best start since 2001, when they went 8-1 in St. Louis on the way to the Super Bowl. The Rams are on their longest winning streak since 2003, their last winning season.

© Sean M. Haffey, Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Robert Woods #17 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates a ninety four yard pass play touchdown during the second half of game against the Houston Texans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

“The first half was a little shaky,” Goff acknowledged. “There are some throws I would like back. We just couldn’t really get into a rhythm. In the second half, we figured it out.”

Did they ever. Woods caught a 94-yard TD pass to break it open before he and Sammy Watkins made TD catches 19 seconds apart late in the third quarter, with a fumble caused by rookie Rams linebacker Samson Ekubam sandwiched between them. Woods finished with eight catches for 171 yards, including the 12-yard TD that sealed it.

“Hey, I’ve never been 7-2 before, so I feel good,” fourth-year Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald said.

Last year’s 4-12 homecoming season tested the interest of L.A. fans who had been hurt by this franchise before, but head coach Sean McVay’s Rams are definitely worth watching. A franchise with 13 consecutive non-winning seasons is just two victories from breaking that streak.

Patriots 41, Broncos 16: Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and New England matched its own AFC record with its 12th consecutive road victory, pummeling Denver, the only other team to represent the AFC in the past four Super Bowls. The Broncos’ losing streak reached five games, their longest skid in seven seasons, losing back-to-back games to the Patriots (7-2) in Denver for the first time since 1966. Brady’s 86th regular-season road win broke a tie with Peyton Manning for most all-time.

Titans 24, Bengals 20:Marcus Mariota tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 36 seconds left and host Tennessee (6-3) rallied for its fourth consecutive victory. It’s the longest winning streak for the Titans since taking five straight in 2009, and it’s their best start to a season since 2008, when the Titans last reached the playoffs as the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Bengals (3-6) lost for the third time in four games despite sacking Mariota four times. They started with three defensive starters scratched and lost a fourth when linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected in the second quarter after pushing the arm of an official.

Steelers 20, Colts 17:Ben Roethlisberger’s 32-yard completion to Antonio Brown with 35 seconds left set up a 33-yard field goal from Chris Boswell as time expired in Indianapolis. Pittsburgh (7-2) has won four straight overall and five in a row in the series. But it sure wasn’t easy, as the Colts (3-7) held Roethlisberger, Brown and Le’Veon Bell in check. Pittsburgh needed two second-half TD passes from Roethlisberger to fight its way out of a 17-3 third-quarter deficit. The two-time Super Bowl champion methodically marched the Steelers 70 yards in the final 3 minutes, 10 seconds to give Pittsburgh its only lead. Bell had 26 carries for 80 yards and Brown, the league’s leading receiver, caught three passes for 47 yards.

Jaguars 20, Chargers 17:Josh Lambo kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime, lifting host Jacksonville (6-3) in a wild game. Lambo’s kick got tipped at the line of scrimmage and still cleared the crossbar. The former soccer player and onetime Charger ran the other way and slid on both knees near midfield before getting mobbed by teammates. It gave Jacksonville its first three-game winning streak since 2013. The game ended up in overtime after a wacky final two minutes of regulation that included a fumble, two interceptions, a taunting penalty and a costly flag for roughing the passer. At times, it looked as if neither team wanted to win.

Lions 38, Browns 24:Matthew Stafford lofted a 29-yard, tie-breaking touchdown to Eric Ebron early in the fourth quarter and host Detroit (5-4) beat winless Cleveland (0-9). The Browns led 10-0 early for their first double-digit lead of the season, and were up 24-17 in the third quarter after Deshone Kizer led two consecutive touchdown drives. Kizer took a shot to the ribs by blitzing defensive back Quandre Diggs late in the third period. The rookie quarterback came back to play late in the fourth and had perhaps his best game, completing 21 of 37 passes for 232 yards.

Buccaneers 15, Jets 10:Ryan Fitzpatrick led two long scoring drives and host Tampa Bay (3-6) limited the Jets to fewer than 200 yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter to snap a five-game losing streak. With Fitzpatrick subbing for injured quarterback Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers used three field goals to build a 9-3 lead.

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/rams-roll-over-houston/ar-BBETddn

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