The Los Angeles Rams snap a two-game losing streak with a road win against the Arizona Cardinals 31-9.
It was the newest Ram, C.J Anderson, stepping in for Todd Gurley II who did not practice all week with knee inflammation. Gurley was ruled out hours before game time. Anderson rushed 20 times for 167 yards and a touchdown.
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“Certainly, I don’t think anyone was shocked by it though,” said McVay on Anderson’s first game as a Ram.
Former USC Trojan, Robert Woods had a big game as he hauled in six receptions for 89-yards and a touchdown. Woods also rushed two times for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Donald led the Rams defense with a monster day, recording the new NFL record 19.5 sacks by a defensive tackle. He also set the franchise record for single-season sacks, passing former Rams defensive end Robert Quinn who had 19. Donald continues to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines as he knocked down Cardinal’s quarterback Josh Rosen three times on Sunday.
“It feels good, this is what you work for and grind for, just to get out there play the game – try to help your team to win and in the way of doing that you just have success, any time you you’re rewarded and be a part of history it’s a special moment,” said Donald.
The Rams defense did not allow any points after Cardinals’ future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald threw a 32-yard pass to running back David Johnson for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
The Rams now 12-3, return home for a week 17 showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.
Los Angeles will need a victory to secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye.