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- Houston had a good game plan early on, running the ball to some success. It took some of the heat off starting QB Tom Savage and was also a good way to keep the Rams offense, one of the best in the NFL, off of the field. The Texans defense was also giving the Rams offense fits with constant pressure on the quarterback and stacking the box against the Rams running back Todd Gurley.
- The Texans offense changed after the first two drives and the Texans began to have starting quarterback Tom Savage throw the ball downfield. This was to their detriment as Savage proved unable to move the ball downfield consistently. The Texans hung around in this game, into the third quarter, due to the strength of their defense. It was only a matter of time before the Rams blew it open.
- The Rams attempted a fake punt on their own 32-yard line with 3:39 left in the first half and down 7-6. Their fake attempt was unsuccessful and the Rams turned the ball over on downs. The Texans did nothing with the next drive as Savage threw one of his two interceptions of the day on that drive. This could have potentially been a disastrous move.
- The Rams made the best adjustments in the game after the half and pulled away. This is how they did it:
- The Rams used play action effectively later in the game when their offense was having issues running the ball. QB Goff completed a 94-yard touchdown to WR Robert Woods after first freezing the defense with a handoff to RB Todd Gurley. Woods finished with 8 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns.
- The Rams used their personnel well late in the game finding another off-season acquisition and little utilized WR Sammy Watkins on two consecutive plays in the third quarter. One of those receptions was a touchdown that made it a 23-7 game with 1:33 left to put the game out of reach.