3 Rams takeaways from dominant Week 6 win over Giants
The Los Angeles Rams continued to assert their dominance as they rolled past the New York Giants with a 38-11 victory in Week 6. An impressive outing from Sean McVay and his men lifted them to a 5-1 record to nab second place in the NFC West behind the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
Despite having a dominant performance, the Rams can still work on their game even more in order to reach the next level and pass up the Cardinals for first place. They will have a chance to do so when they host the Detroit Lions for Week 7 action.
But before looking ahead to that game, let’s look at some Rams Week 6 takeaways.
Rams takeaways from Week 6 win over Giants
3. Los Angeles still has a pretty solid running game
Heading to the 2021 season, the Rams were looking to have the combination of Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers to lead their ground attack. However, the incoming sophomore in Akers suffered a season-ending torn Achilles injury prior to Week 1, thus depleting the team’s rushing unit.
Luckily, the Rams found a replacement by trading for Sony Michel, who can share the load with Henderson for the rest of the season. This combo has been doing a solid job, and it was seen in their Week 6 tilt against the Giants. Henderson produced 78 yards on 21 carries to go with a scoring drive for the team.
Meanwhile, Michel added 42 yards on nine attempts and served as another threat on the field. Certainly enough, the Rams would be even better if Akers didn’t go down with a major injury. However, Michel is filling in the spot well, especially with the veteran experience he gained while playing for the New England Patriots in recent years.
Certainly enough, McVay will continue to trust the pairing of Henderson and Michel. They are expected to produce and help the team, most especially in the scoring department moving forward.
2. The Rams’ defense completely dominated
The team’s defensive unit recently took a hit when they lost linebacker Justin Hollins, who suffered a torn pec in Week 3 and is expected to miss significant time moving forward. Luckily for defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, two young LBs in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Terrell Lewis have been stepping up amid Hollins’ absence.
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Both defenders made their presence felt against the Giants, tallying a sack each. A forced fumble by Okoronkwo even set up a touchdown for the offense, which further stretched their lead in the game.
Additionally, the Rams’ defense also made life hard for opposing QB Daniel Jones, as he was sacked four times and threw three interceptions in the game. It may have been against a struggling team like the Giants, but it can’t be denied that the Rams’ defense has the potential to deal major damage to any team in the league.
1. Matthew Stafford is getting more comfortable
QB Matthew Stafford may have lacked weapons back in Detroit, but no one ever denied the level of talent that he possesses. Heading to Los Angeles, the veteran playmaker didn’t need a long time to adjust to a completely new environment in 2021.
Over the previous weeks, Stafford has been getting better and becoming more comfortable in the pocket, especially with a capable offensive line. In Week 6 against the Giants, he showed his fine form by throwing for 251 yards on 22-of-28 passing attempts to go with four touchdowns.
Certainly enough, his efficient outing allowed the Rams to run away with a 38-11 victory. Stafford might already be playing like an MVP contender through Week 6, but everyone is aware that he is still capable of playing at a higher level in the weeks to come.
Hopefully, the 33-year-old can stay healthy for the rest of the season in order for him to live up to the expectations and bring the team to greater heights moving forward.