Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Los Angeles Rams 17, New Orleans Saints 10

Los Angeles Rams 17, New Orleans Saints 10

Drew Brees was sacked twice on the opening drive and was lucky Terron Armstead recovered his fumble on the second sack, or the Saints' three-and-out could easily have been a defensive touchdown for Los Angeles.

The Saints (8-3) were probably overdue for a dud, especially in a game without either of their injured starting cornerbacks.

And Goff's squad seems capable of accomplishing a whole lot more.

Sammy Watkins and Josh Reynolds each hauled in first-half touchdown passes for the Rams, who were playing without top wideout Robert Woods. It was also a season high.

For the first time since 2006, the Rams will finish at least at.500 after doubling their win total from their relocation season in 2016.

So the path to the postseason still feels like an uphill climb for a team that has been one of the NFL's best over the past two months. "It makes it easy to go out there every week and work hard". Of course, they can put the bow on a division title before then.

After bouncing back soundly from a loss at Minnesota, this revitalized franchise is steaming toward its first playoff berth since 2004 and its first winning season since 2003.

"What they did was so impressive", Goff said as he stood at his locker shortly after the game.

"Listen, there's always bright spots", Saints quarterback Drew Brees said when asked about Kamara's dynamic day - which included a 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a 15-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter and two other dazzling runs after the catch that included him breaking, eluding or hurdling would-be tacklers.

As Brees said after Sunday's game, "We've had some rough seasons to get to this point".

"When there are guys in your face, it's really, really tough - even for a Hall of Famer". "The minute we'd get something going, there would be a penalty that would set us back, and then we'd be off the field". Sunday's game against the 8-2 New Orleans Saints will go a long way toward answering any lingering questions regarding the legitimacy of the Rams as a playoff contender and NFC power. "You could point to a number of things, but we looked - in so many areas - I thought sloppy".

In snapping New Orleans' eight-game win streak, the Rams proved they are a force with which to be reckoned in the NFC. "We've got to look at this closely".

However, the Saints' two-headed rushing attack didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations it set for itself in recent weeks.

Los Angeles travels to Arizona next weekend to play the Cardinals.

"Wowwwwwww", Rams coach Sean McVay said of Kamara. "We've got some pretty good players on defense".

"Our first play of the season, against the Colts (a 46-9 victory), we intercepted a pass and took it to the house", Phillips reminded me after Sunday's game. Eleven games into his second National Football League season, the Los Angeles Rams quarterback looks like an outside MVP candidate. He also missed a 63-yard attempt into the wind at the halftime gun, but McVay didn't regret trying it: "More times than not, he's going to hit that kick".

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