PFF: Rams vs Jags Refocused

Refocused: Los Angeles Rams 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
BY PFF ANALYSIS TEAM • OCT 15, 2017

The first half-minute or so of Sunday’s Rams-Jaguars game featured 14 points, with Pharoh Cooper returning the opening kick 103 yards for a score and Jaguars HB Leonard Fournette scoring on a 75-yard run only a few game seconds later.

The two teams totaled 31 first-quarter points before letting off the gas and only scoring 13 combined the rest of the way, ending with a 10-point Rams win. With that, we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.



RAMS TOP 5 GRADES:
1. DI Aaron Donald, 91.7 overall grade

2. LB Mark Barron, 86.3 overall grade

3. RB Todd Gurley, 83.7 overall grade

4. LG Rodger Saffold, 83.5 overall grade

5. C John Sullivan, 81.4 overall grade

PERFORMANCES OF NOTE:
RB TODD GURLEY, 83.7 OVERALL GRADE
You don’t need to force a lot of missed tackles to cause a lot of trouble, and Gurley’s performance against Jacksonville was a demonstration in that. With the Rams operating a zone-heavy rushing attack, the emphasis was always going to be on his cuts to cause the speedy Jags problems and boy did it. Gurley had just one broken tackle but his consistent ability to find the right gap and maximize yardage out of it was crucial.

QB JARED GOFF, 71.2 OVERALL GRADE
It was a largely unspectacular day for Goff, who had no “big-time throws” and the only turnover-worthy play fell into the arm punt category on a long third-down heave. Instead he took what the defense gave him, played it safe and let his rushing attack, defense, and special teams do the heavy lifting. There’s a skill in managing a game against an opponent who has made life hard for more established quarterbacks, and the composure Goff showed is a reminder of how far he has come from his rookie year.

DI AARON DONALD, 91.7 OVERALL GRADE
We have gotten to the point where anything under a 90 overall grade is a disappointing game for Donald. Against the Jaguars, he did not disappoint, completely dominated the Jaguars offensive line to the tune of 2 sacks, 2 hits, and 6 hurries on 41 pass-rushing snaps.

LB MARK BARRON, 86.3 OVERALL GRADE
For the second week in a row, Barron was all over the field. This week, it was to the tune of 8 tackles with 6 stops, three in the run game and three in the pass game. While there are points where Barron is overwhelmed due to his size as a safety at linebacker, this week he was able to use his size as an advantage to make plays rather than getting blocked out of them.



JAGUARS TOP 5 GRADES:
1. WR Marqise Lee, 89.4 overall grade

2. LB Telvin Smith, 84.0 overall grade

3. S Barry Church, 83.2 overall grade

4. Edge Calais Campbell, 83.1 overall grade

5. S Tashaun Gipson,...
 

Rams beat Jacksonville 27-17; The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Rams rode dominating special teams play today to defeat Jacksonville 27-17 on the road, moving to 4-2 for the first time since 2006. Two special teams td's and a 56 yard bomb by The Leg were instrumental in achieving a hard fought victory which gives the Rams their first 3-0 road start since 2001. Todd Gurley averaged 5 yards a carry rushing for 116 yards and the Rams overcame a number of missed opportunities on offense and some shaky play calling to win a game that really could have gone either way. After a horrific start defensively, the Rams settled down to tighten up and hold Jacksonville to nothing more than a field goal over the last three quarters of the game. A ton of room to improve, but this is EXACTLY the kind of game the Rams have been finding a way to lose for years and today, despite not playing anywhere near their best, they found a way to get the victory against a quality opponent. Can the Rams make a playoff run this year? Still too early to tell, but for sure, we are dramatically improved and the future looks bright, especially if whitworth never gets any older!

The Good

Special Teams. The Egyptian returns the opening kickoff 103 yards for a td on a run that showed speed, balance and moves. We blocked a punt (Littleton) for a td when Brown recovered and the pile pushed him into the end zone. Leg bombed a 56 yarder straight through and hit the game clinching 29 yard field goal. Hekker launched multiple projectiles, including 4 of 6 punts inside the 20 and a 67 yarder. Meanwhile, Jacksonsville kicker missed two long field goals and would have missed a third if not for a stupid penalty on the Rams. They also had a number of shanked punts. No question that the difference today was special teams.

Todd Gurley was excellent in the running game with 23-116. He had some holes and capitalized. Dont ask me why he only had one catch for 4 yards. Give the offensive line credit for the run blocking (see play calling comments below). Gurley effectively clinched the game with a huge 3rd and 4 first down conversion just under the 4 minute remaining mark. Running with power and speed, he needs more carries when he is running well like today.

We had four sacks today and defensively, we made enough plays to keep them from scoring despite the lousy start. 3 points allowed in 3 quarters is going to result in wins almost every week. Nice interception by robey-coleman. 5 sacks (barron, who had 8 tackles, donald, fox, barwin and brockers (who is having a pro bowl year). We allowed 19 first downs and 389 total yards, which when you consider that they gained 75 yards for a td on their first play and 75 yards in 2 minutes on 4 plays on their second drive) is pretty good.

While the stats didnt look great (11-21-124-a td and arating of 86.2), i thought goff was basically good, and he made some throws that could easily have been caught and changed the game. He had a huge...

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