The Atlanta Falcons beat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, 42-14. It was the usual sad performance from L.A.’s professional sports team. After the game, star running back Todd Gurley didn’t have anything nice to say, but he didn’t totally manage to say nothing at all. Gurley said that not everyone was showing up and players were just going through the motions. Via ESPN:
“We looked like a middle school offense out there,” Gurley said after compiling 83 yards from scrimmage and punching in the Rams’ first touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter. “I mean, I’m going to be quiet. My mom said if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t even say it. I’m just going to leave it as that.”
Now, first of all, that’s a pretty big insult to middle school offenses all over the country who regularly manage 14 points. Second of all, this was actually a pretty good offensive showing for the Rams. I mean, two touchdowns in the 4th quarter? They have three games this season with zero touchdowns and five games with just one touchdown. Two touchdowns is above average. Plus, they only score 14.9 points per game so they were right on average.
Not to mention the Rams average 286.2 yards of offense per game. Against the Falcons they had 312 yards. And the Falcons only had 286 total yards. The Rams were better than usual and they out-gained their opponent. Coming into the game the Rams were averaging 15.75 1st downs per game. On Sunday they moved the chains 21 times.
Then there’s rookie quarterback Jared Goff. The #1 pick in the draft had a career game in completions and yards and scored his first career rushing touchdown. What more does Todd Gurley want? By Rams – and Jeff Fisher – standards, this was a pretty decent game for the team. It’s just a shame no one was there to see it.