LOS ANGELES — Jared Goff handed for a profession-excessive 306 yards and a landing in his first victory as an NFL starter, and the Los Angeles Rams routed the Indianapolis Colts forty six-9 Sunday in Sean McVay’s spectacular debut because the youngest head coach in trendy league historical past.
Todd Gurley had forty yards dashing and fifty six yards receiving whereas the Rams roared to a 37-three lead within the third quarter. Los Angeles snapped a six-recreation skid on the Coliseum with its most spectacular efficiency since returning residence from St. Louis final yr.
Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree celebrated the win with a Gatorade bathe for McVay on the sideline within the last minutes.
Los Angeles’ protection additionally excelled towards fill-in Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien. Trumaine Johnson intercepted Tolzien’s first cross and returned it 39 yards for a landing, whereas Lamarcus Joyner returned one other decide 29 yards for an additional rating within the third quarter.
Tolzien handed for 128 yards in his fourth profession NFL begin instead of Andrew Luck, who wasn’t able to return from a proper shoulder damage.
Indianapolis additionally performed with out middle Ryan Kelly and prime cornerback Vontae Davis, and the Rams completely exploited each absence with an aggressive, thrilling efficiency for a workforce that completed final season with eleven losses in 12 video games.
Goff went zero-7 as a starter final yr, however the No. 1 decide within the 2016 draft seemed a lot sharper after an offseason of research underneath the 31-yr-previous McVay. Goff went 21 for 29.
The Rams produced their highest-scoring efficiency since November 2014 of their first recreation since McVay took over a franchise that went four-12 in its thirteenth straight non-profitable season and twelfth straight non-playoff season.
Rookie Cooper Kupp’s first NFL landing catch put the Rams up 24-three within the second quarter. That’s a much bigger lead than the Rams held at any level over the previous two seasons in St. Louis and Los Angeles, once they had the NFL’s worst offense.
BAD TO WORSE
Jacoby Brissett changed Tolzien for the fourth quarter and led Indy’s solely landing drive — however Adam Vinatieri, who missed a subject aim earlier, missed his first additional level since 2014. Brissett tried three passes.
New Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ unit additionally had a memorable debut, throttling the Colts’ offense and including a fourth-quarter security to its two interception returns for TDs.
AD ninety nine RETURNS
All-Professional defensive lineman Aaron Donald missed the primary recreation of his 4-yr NFL profession for the Rams, however he reported to the workforce Saturday after ending his 4-month contract holdout. Donald might play subsequent week if he’s bodily prepared.
Colts: Rookie LB Anthony Walker was dominated out within the first half with a hamstring damage.
Rams: Beginning CB Kayvon Webster didn’t return after injuring his proper shoulder within the second quarter. Rookie CB Dominique Hatfield went to the locker room within the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.
Colts: Host Arizona. Luck won’t be able to return till October.
Rams: Host Washington. McVay was Jay Gruden’s offensive coordinator with the Redskins for the previous three seasons.
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