"Everyone always talks about the speed of the game and I definitely felt much more comfortable in this preseason than I did as a rookie a year ago".
The Rams were warmly welcomed back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday by a record 89,140 fans.
LOS ANGELES As long-awaited sequels go, "Episode 50: Return of the Rams" opened in blockbuster fashion, even if the script didn't quite go the way the live audience of almost 90,000 probably anticipated. The Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick of the 2016 National Football League draft and he's the team quarterback of the future.
No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff struggled after replacing Case Keenum early in the second quarter, completing 4 of 9 passes for 38 yards and an interception. Hopefully we'll see more this preseason as he works to make the roster. If this Rams defense wants to be dominant this season, it will take more than a sack hungry defensive line.
Player safety should override all of the NFL's other concerns, so attempts to phase out the kickoff are understandable.
On his next possession, Goff almost put the Rams in position to pick up points before halftime but rookie Pharoh Cooper dropped a pass in the red zone. Spruce came through in the clutch on a fourth down and also had a touchdown catch. Near the end of the first half, coaches told him he wouldn't play the third quarter, as previously had been planned.
Under heavy pressure on a screen pass for Rod Smith on his first drive, Prescott patiently waited until a defender had both arms around him before tossing a flawless touch pass to Smith to set up a touchdown to Dez Bryant in the red zone.
Indianapolis Colts (1-0) 19 Buffalo Bills (0-1) 18: No Andrew Luck, but both Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris threw touchdown passes.
Prescott looked comfortable with the offense and knew just who to go to. Kenny Britt led in receiving with 681 yards and three touchdowns while Jared Cook had 481 yards. The big highlight came when DeMarco Murray unleashed a 71-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. He showed Saturday there's still plenty of gas left in his tank. Instead, the former Rams quarterback signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. While Romo seems to have recovered from last season's injuries and has had a great training camp by all accounts, most observers believe that the decision is ultimately going to be left in his hands. The fourth rounder out of Mississippi State torched the Rams secondary for 139 yards on 10/12 completions, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the first half. "There's no difference between practice and a game". Then there was the abuse Dez Bryant bestowed upon Cody Sensabaugh. They showed why on Saturday.
This time, Bryant's catch was upheld upon review. But there's a fairly stark talent drop-off from the first unit to the second, and the Rams are playing without injured right tackle Rob Havenstein.
As Arrowhead Pride points out, the most impressive aspect of that play is Peters' awareness.