The Los Angeles Rams traveled to the New Orleans Saints Sunday knowing that if they wanted to come out with a win they would need to put points on the board.
That is exaclty what they did in the first half, as rookie quarterback Jared Goff came out firing in his second career start, throwing three first half touchdowns.
The Rams led 14-7 early in the second quarter, but from their it was all New Orleans as they outscored the Rams 42-7 in the rest of the game.
The defense of Los Angeles has been their strength all season, but it let the team down Sunday as they had no answer for quarterback Drew Brees, running back Mark Ingram and the rest of the Saints offense.
Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson called the game the worst of his career, via Myles Simmons of TheRams.com:
“Everything they did was clicking,” cornerback Trumaine Johnson said. “We didn’t have an answer for them. Collectively, it probably would be the worst game of my career.”
Johnson had five tackles and a pass defended in the game, but often found himself out of position leading to easy completions for Brees.
Not all the blame can be on the defense though, as after three touchdowns in the first half Goff and the Rams offense was held scoreless in the second half as they did not have more than one first down on any of their second half series’.
The Saints on the other hand scored touchdown on three of their first four possessions in the second half, effectively putting the game out of reach.
Johnson and the rest of the Rams defense will have to go back to the drawing board, as they face another high powered offense on the road this upcoming Sunday in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.