Los Angeles Rams: Three takeaways from home opener vs Colts

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The Rams defense stood its ground and then some

Sure, it wasn’t an Andrew Luck-led offense on the other side of the ball, but it still was nice to see the LA Rams have their defense step up big and stop Indianapolis.

If they weren’t able to stop a weak offense from the Colts, there would be plenty of things to be worried about.

One of the shocking statistics from Sunday’s showdown is the fact that the Rams held the Colts from converting on any of their third or fourth down attempts. Indianapolis was 0-10 on third down and failed to get anything on the one time they went for it on fourth.

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Also, Los Angeles forced three turnovers while also scoring two touchdowns and a safety on defense. It was part of the big win, but starting strong no matter who they face is a must for this Rams team to succeed and so far they’ve passed the eye test.

Trumaine Johnson got the first pick six and it came in the first quarter after the Rams already held a 3-0 lead. Johnson’s 39-yard score helped Los Angeles end up with a 10-0 early advantage, and the team didn’t let go of the lead from there.

Lamarcus Joyner had the other touchdown return with a 29-yard interception and score of his own. This was in the third quarter and and came immediately after the Rams had converted for a 44-yard field goal.

Joyner’s pick six made the lead go from 30-3 to 37-3, leaving Los Angeles with the exclamation point it needed with just under a quarter and a half to go.

Let’s hope this defense holds up in the coming weeks, especially by the time they get Aaron Donald back in uniform.