MIAMI (AP) — Veteran Los Angeles Rams defensive sort out Michael Brockers says Sunday’s pass-rushing onslaught was not like something he’d ever seen.
He watched it from the sideline, because the Rams tried — and failed — to counter the Miami Dolphins’ relentless stress.
Jared Goff was harried into 4 first-half turnovers, which led to 3 of the Dolphins’ 4 touchdowns in a 28-17 win over the Rams on Sunday.
“They introduced greater than we might block,” mentioned Brockers, who is aware of a factor or two about making use of a cross rush. “I felt prefer it was 11 guys on the road of scrimmage, and when you snapped the ball, all people was coming. I’ve by no means seen that earlier than, that many instances. It was so much. It was a bit loopy to take a look at.”
Goff’s costliest turnover was a fumble on a sack that Miami linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel recovered and returned 78 yards for a rating.
Goff additionally threw an interception to arrange Tua Tagovailoa’s first profession landing cross, and fumbled on one other sack to offer the Dolphins the ball on the 1, which led to their last rating as they took a 28-7 lead.
At that time, Goff and firm started to regulate to the Dolphins’ strategy, however it was too late.
“That’s how they’re constructed, and we didn’t reply rapidly sufficient or effectively sufficient,” Goff mentioned. “And that begins with me.”
Rams coach Sean McVay mentioned it truly began with him.
“We didn’t get it accomplished, and that falls on my plate,” McVay mentioned. “I’ve to do a a lot better job.”
With the Rams enjoying catch-up within the second half, they completed with a 326-yard benefit, the most important for a shedding workforce in 18 years.
The Dolphins compensated with their two strip sacks, eight quarterback hits and 5 cross deflections by the entrance seven.
Goff went 35 for 61 for 355 yards and one rating, with two interceptions and two misplaced fumbles. However the Rams’ longest achieve in 92 performs was 26 yards, and Goff by no means burned the Dolphins’ blitz.
“They did a fantastic job of getting after us early,” mentioned receiver Robert Woods, who scored the Rams’ first landing. “It was a fantastic sport plan. They set the tone.
“We missed out on some alternatives to capitalize on the blitzes — had a few batted balls. They had been getting there proper on time. If we join, they’re massive performs for us.”
The turnovers put an atypical burden on the Rams’ protection. Los Angeles totaled simply eight turnovers in its first seven video games.
“It was undoubtedly loopy,” Brockers mentioned. “That was new; we not often do this. It’s a second of sudden change. However we’ve to bow up. We’re on protection, we’re paid to cease them from scoring.”
The Rams allowed solely eight first downs and 145 yards. However regardless of the defensive heroics, they fell to 5-3 within the powerful NFC West.
“We’re proper in it,” Goff mentioned. “We’ve obtained to win some video games, although.”
The Rams have a bye subsequent Sunday, however there’s extra stress to return.
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