It all went smoothly in the first half for the Los Angeles Rams before some late cheating translated into a 31-27 home win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Rams were cooking early, jumping ahead in the first quarter when quarterback Matthew Stafford decided to feed the newly acquired wide catcher Allen Robinson II for a one-yard touchdown.
Their 7-0 lead was doubled to 14-0 when Darrell Henderson shoved one from eight yards out, and after a Falcons field goal, the Rams added their third touchdown in the half with a three-yard fade. in the rear corner of the endzone for Cooper Kupp.
Reigning offensive player of the year Kupp won his second game after half-time, coming at the end of a 10-yard pass to take him up 28-3. He went on to finish with 11 captures from 14 targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns, having scored 13 captures for 128 yards and a touchdown in week 1.
While the game looked dead, no one told the Falcons as they started marching back into the race.
The first catcher caught in this year’s NFL Draft – Drake London, in choice eight – gave the Falcons their first touchdown of the night, and the first of his career, when he blocked a four-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.
Another field goal for the Rams would extend their lead to 31-10, which was narrowed to 31-17 when Olamide Zaccheaus found space for an 11-yard touchdown reception with eight minutes left.
The Rams clearly felt they had done enough for the win and were content to aim the ball away on the next drive, only for the punt being blocked, picked up and run over by Lorenzo Carter for a Falcons touchdown, with a two-point conversion. which cuts the deficit to 31-25.
Atlanta would have had a chance to go down and win the game after Kupp pulled out an unusual fumble, but Mariota’s pass into the endzone was knocked out by Jalen Ramsey, allowing the Rams to run out of time, even taking deliberate safety in the process to drain the time.
Stafford completed 27 of the 36 passes for 272 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, and with Falcons running back Damien Williams placed in reserve for injuries, Cordarrelle Patterson and Tyler Allegier split the carries with 10 each.
Wilson’s Broncos take their first unstable victory
Denver Broncos new quarterback Russell Wilson heard boos in his first home game at Empower Field at Mile High, but did enough to score an insignificant 16-9 win over the Houston Texans.
The Broncos were 6-3 behind in the closing seconds of the first half, and with fourth and goal at the one-yard line they decided to take out the kicker, who was greeted by a chorus of boos for the manager’s decision.
After an interception on the opening drive of the second half, Wilson himself was greeted with boos as he had only completed six of 18 passes so far, but a touchdown pass was enough for Eric Saubert at the start of the fourth quarter. to take the Broncos over the line.
Wilson ended up completing 14 of his 31 passes for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and relied heavily on receiver Courtland Sutton, who knocked seven of his 11 targets to the ground for 122 yards.