- Jared Goff and Todd Gurley combined to give the Los Angeles Rams a walkover
- Arizona Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Palmer to injury in the second quarter
- LA quarterback Goff threw for 236 yards and rushed for a touchdown of his own
- Gurley posted his fourth 100 yard game in five outings as the Rams move to 5-2
Jared Goff and Todd Gurley combined to give the Los Angeles Rams a one-sided walkover against the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham.
A strong effort from Wade Phillips’ defence stymied the Cardinals, who lost veteran quarterback Carson Palmer to a left wrist injury in the second quarter.
While Arizona struggled to produce in the air or on the ground, the Rams were indebted to quarterback Goff, who threw for 236 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Running back Gurley posted his fourth 100 yard game in five outings as the Rams move to 5-2.
Jared Goff threw for 236 yards and rushed for a touchdown as LA Rams beat Arizona Cardinals
Todd Gurley posted his fourth 100 yard game in five outings to help the Rams win 33-0
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer went off with a left wrist injury in the second quarter
After two field goals from Greg Zuerlein, the Rams were deep in Cardinals territory following Lamarcus Joyner’s interception. Palmer, weary from an earlier sack from Aaron Donald, was put under pressure by Alex Ogletree and threw carelessly. Joyner gleefully caught the ball and marched to the Cardinals’ 18-yard line.
Receiving a hand off from Goff, Gurley hesitated before darting to the left, evading the clutches of St Albans-born defensive end Josh Mauro. A stiff arm to safety Tyvon Branch later and the 23-year-old darted down the touchline scoring his eighth touchdown of the season.
The Rams increased their lead 41 seconds before the interval. Goff orchestrated an effective two-minute drill, finishing off with a nine-yard dart into the endzone.
Another interception from the Rams’ defense – this time safety Mark Barron easily picked off back up Drew Stanton – put the Rams within field goal range. Zuerlein made no mistake, putting the Rams 23-0 up at the break. Game over. Call it off. Nothing to see here.
Gurley got the first touchdown of the game when he rushed 18 yards to cross in the corner
So it proved, Zuerlein adding another field goal, his fourth of the evening, and Cooper Kupp’s 18-yard touchdown in the fourth completing the rout.
The result marks a significant turnaround for the Rams, who twelve months ago looked rudderless on their trip to the home of rugby. The Rams were a shell of a side when the NFL made its bow at Twickenham, losing limply to the New York Giants.
Then, No 1 draft pick Jared Goff was watching from the sidelines as Case Keenum gave a masterclass in weak quarterback play. Also struggling that day was Todd Gurley. The running back mustered a meagre 57 yards on 15 carries behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
Goff ran in his own score as the Rams scored 20 points in the second quarter at Twickenham
But bolstered by the addition of veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, the Rams are now the NFL’s highest-scoring offense with an average of 30.2 points per game.
The Cardinals, who became the second team to go scoreless in London after the Miami Dolphins last month, will fly back to Arizona in something of a malaise.
Shame, as they pounded across the Atlantic, rejuvenated by the addition of future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson after a trade with the New Orleans Saints.
Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson was outshone by third-year opponent Gurley
Peterson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in last week’s victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but there was little joy here.
Peterson, who became the first player to appear twice in London during a season, was subdued, tallying just 21 yards from 11 carries. He dropped two catches also.
The flight home will be a long one for Arizona, but the Rams will be buoyed as they head into a bye on top of the NFC West.