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Key Decision #1: (Game tied 0-0/4th & 10 TEN 32/11:47 Q1)
- Facing a 4th & 10 on their opening drive of the game, the Rams called a fake punt attempt that had the punter passing the ball deep downfield to a double covered receiver. For road games we advocate conservative play calling that does not give the home team the opportunity to seize momentum. Stopping the fake punt created momentum for the home team. On a shorter down and distance we would be okay with the play call if it worked, but having the punter throw with 10 yards to gain seems like a low probability play, and thus we deduced from McVay’s play calling grade in this instance.
Key Decision #2: (Rams trailing 10-6/2nd & 11 LAR 20/4:40 Q2)
- On the previous Rams offensive possession, the Tennessee defense scored on a sack forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Tennessee had taken the lead and seized momentum.
- After stopping RB Gurley in the backfield on the first drive of the following possession, the Tennessee defense was fired up and the home crowd awakened. Sensing the aggressive play calling coming from Tennessee, Sean McVay called an excellently timed screen pass to Gurley that sprung for an 80-yard touchdown. The timing of the play call was impeccable, as it caught the Titans being overly aggressive on a blitz. We give credit to the Rams for play calling and in-game adjustments for this sequence.
- This was a competitive game that went down to the final 2 minutes, and we give credit to both coaches for their play calling and game planning. It was an event contest down until the end. Tennessee’s offense was productive for most of the day, and they did not look outmatched on this day. Credit to both coaches for a well called, competitive game.