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NFC West report, Week 3: Los Angeles Rams

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The Rams hung on late for a win, improving to 2-1 for the first time in a full decade.

Todd Gurley delivered his best performance of the young season.
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Now that Week 3 action is in the books, Niners Nation takes a look around the NFC West. We started with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, and now we look at the Los Angeles Rams.

NFC West Standings after Week 3 action

Week 3 Result: 37-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In one of the more bizarre finishes so far in 2016, the Rams sealed a win after a 69 minute lightning delay, improving to 2-1 for the first time in a decade. The Los Angeles Rams also scored their first touchdown since 1994, a 44 yard Case Keenum pass to Brian Quick, and eventually added four more trips to the end zone. Todd Gurley enjoyed his most successful outing of the young season, rushing for 85 yards and 2 TD’s, but his average of 3.15 yards per carry suggests the Rams run game is still struggling.

Jameis Winston racked up over 400 yards through the air on the Rams defense, and provided the game with a dramatic finish. Winston hit Mike Evans for a 7 yard TD pass with 2:15 left in the game to cut the Rams lead to 5 points. The ensuing Rams drive was interrupted by a 69 minute weather delay on 3rd down. When the game resumed, Keenum threw an incomplete pass, and the Rams were forced to punt. After a good return, the Buccaneers needed only 56 yards to reach the end zone, with 1:42 to play and two timeouts. Instead, Winston and company burned through the clock, and allowed time to expire at the Rams 15 yard line without using their final timeout.

Next Up: A divisional matchup @ Arizona Cardinals (1-2)

This game has huge implications for the NFC West picture, particularly if the Rams manage another upset. The Cardinals suddenly look very vulnerable, and the Rams should carry plenty of confidence after winning in Arizona 24-22 in Week 4 last year. Look for a healthy dose of Gurley. He should be very productive against an Arizona defense giving up 4.8 yards per carry, good for 3rd worst in the NFL. A 3-1 start would go a long way in establishing the “new” Los Angeles Rams.

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