Patriots cruise past Rams, 26-10

Los Angeles was dominated on both ends of the ball in a crushing road loss to New England.

It was more of the same old story for the Los Angeles Rams stumbling to their seventh loss in the last eight games with the New England Patriots coasting to a 26-10 win on Sunday afternoon. 

The game quickly turned into a one-sided affair out of the gate with the Patriots getting on the board first with a 43-yard touchdown run by LeGarratte Blount, who finished with 88 yards on 18 carries, on fourth-and-one on the first drive of the game. This was followed up with Tom Brady's only touchdown pass of the game on a 14-yard connection with Chris Hogan to give his team a commanding 14-0 lead in the first quarter. 

From that point on, New England held firm control of the contest on both sides of the ball with Los Angeles struggling to get anything going. Brady had an effective game despite missing his primary target in Rob Gronkowski, who is out for the remainder of the season due to back surgery. The 39-year-old completed 33 of 46 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown pass to become the all-time winningest quarterback in NFL history grabbing his 201st victory surpassing future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. 

Meanwhile, rookie Jared Goff was on the other end of the spectrum completing just 14 of 32 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Much of his yardage came on the final drive of the fourth quarter throwing for 73 yards and a touchdown pass to Kenny Britt, who finished with a team-high 67 receiving yards. 

Goff struggled to get any rhythm in his third career start with the Patriots consistently getting pressure on him recording four sacks and nine hits times on the quarterback. It also didn't help his case with his receivers making several key drops in critical situations. His pair of interceptions also occurred on plays that were not necessarily his fault.The first happened with Lance Kendricks letting the ball bounce off his hands into the air and the latter was a tipped pass in the pocket as he threw the ball. 

The Patriots' dominance was no more evident than through the first half as they held more fourth-down conversions (two) than the Rams had recorded first downs (one). In fact, Los Angeles had just 25 total offensive yards, which was the fewest amount by any team in a game this season.

Meanwhile, New England had racked up 230 total yards, including a 42 to 18 edge in the amount of offensive plays called in the first two quarters. The Patriots finished the game outgaining the Rams 402-162 while nearly doubling the time possession at 38 minutes to just 22 for the visitors. 

Todd Gurley was also a huge part of their offensive woes rushing for just 38 yards on 11 carries averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. He was a complete non-factor in the first half with only 11 yards on five carries. This marked the eighth time this season that has recorded less than 60 rushing yards along with no touchdown. 

Los Angeles now heads back home next Sunday afternoon to face the NFC South division-leading Atlanta Falcons.


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