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- Rams Head Coach Sean McVay had all three phases contribute to an impressive road win. The Rams scored two special teams TDs, and continued to mature on offense. Nursing a one TD lead at 24-17 in the 4th quarter, the Rams showed they can run the ball, burn clock and simply control the game. This led to a FG and a game-ending 10 point lead in the 4th quarter.
- On offense, McVay also showed impressive instincts as a playcaller. He used rookie TE Gerald Everett on a shovel pass near the goal line for a TD; we don’t believe he’d shown that call previously this season.
- The Jaguars have a solid defense, consistent special teams (although K Jason Myers missed two longer FGs in this game), and enough pieces on offense to play a lot of close and winnable games this year. The only piece missing is a more effective quarterback. It’s clear they don’t have much confidence in QB Blake Bortles. The Jaguars can’t really ever go up tempo, they can’t go empty, and they don’t have an effective short passing game. This limits the offensive play calls. In order to win, they’ll have to count on their defense and special teams to score a few points a game, as well as the defense giving them turnovers and short fields. This was a winnable game for the Jaguars, but unfortunately for the Jaguars, smooth offensive execution will probably elude them for long stretches this year.