A chaotic week that coach Sean McVay described as worse than numbing ultimately resulted in a Los Angeles Rams win.
Although the Rams have put up to 29 players on the reserve / COVID-19 list in the past 10 days and played without three starters on Tuesday evening, the Rams defeated division rivals Seattle Seahawks by 8:10 pm at SoFi Stadium in a game, which the NFL had rescheduled from Sunday to the outbreak of the Rams coronavirus.
With the win, the Rams improved to 10-4 and moved with the Arizona Cardinals (10-4) for first place in the NFC West with three games remaining in the regular season.
After several key playmakers were removed from the Reserve / COVID-19 list, including wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., cornerback Jalen Ramsey and outside linebacker Von Miller, the Rams kicked off Tuesday with a total of 16 players on Reserve / COVID-19 , including Starting With The Right Tackle Rob Havenstein, Safety Jordan Fuller, and Tight End Tyler Higbee.
The Seahawks were understaffed too, with fewer than nine players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, including wideout Tyler Lockett and cornerback DJ Reed. Cornerback Blessuan Austin started in Reed’s absence and was punished with two costly defensive penalties that favored the Rams’ victory.
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford overcame an uneven start to complete 21 of 29 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp continued to vote for the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He caught nine passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and set a Rams single season record with 122 receptions in the season. Kupp’s 14 TD receptions are the second most in one season in the history of the Rams, behind Elroy Hirsch, who had 17 in 1951.
Despite activating Darrell Henderson Jr. from the Los Angeles Reserve / COVID-19 list, Sony Michel running back started a third game in a row and proved to be an offensive catalyst as he broke tackles and 92 yards on multiple physical runs long latched 18 wears.
Defensively, the Rams kept pressure on quarterback Russell Wilson, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 156 yards, with an interception.
The Rams fire Wilson three times. And Miller recorded his first sack since trading for him before the deadline last month when the pro ended a seven-game sack drought, the longest of his career, in his 10th year.
Safety Taylor Rapp intercepted a pass from Wilson to end the game.
In a short week, the Rams will have to turn back and travel to Minnesota, where they will face the Vikings (7-7) at US Bank Stadium on Sunday.