Rams Week 6 report card: Grading every position vs. Broncos

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The Los Angeles Rams won a late nail-biter over the Denver Broncos on Sunday to move to 6-0 on the year. It was the offense’s worst showing of the year and the fewest points the Rams have scored in a Sean McVay-led win, but the defense stepped up when needed most.

Here’s how we graded each position group from Week 6.

 

Quarterback

For the second straight week, Jared Goff was a little off. He completed just 50 percent of his passes, was sacked five times and didn’t have a touchdown pass. He was without arguably his favorite receiver in Cooper Kupp for more than half the game, which could have had an impact. However, he missed some throws over the middle and had trouble completing passes at a high rate. It’s nothing to be concerned about, just a slightly off day.

Grade: C+

 

Running back

Statistically, Todd Gurley had the best rushing day of his career. He gained 208 yards on 28 carries, also scoring two touchdowns on the ground. He was seemingly impossible to stop for the Broncos, who have been gashed by running backs in consecutive weeks.

In addition to Gurley running all over Denver, Malcolm Brown added 24 yards on five carries of his own, contributing to the cause.

Grade: A+

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Wide receiver

If not for Robert Woods, the Rams may not have won this game. Brandin Cooks had just two catches for 53 yards, 44 of which came on one play early in the game. Cooper Kupp didn’t have a catch before leaving with a knee injury, so it was essentially the Woods show. He caught seven passes for 109 yards, adding 12 yards on his lone rushing attempt. It was just an average day for the Rams’ receivers.

Grade: B

 

Tight end

Tyler Higbee played the most snaps of any tight end, but he didn’t have a single pass come his way, even with Kupp leaving the game. Gerald Everett was targeted four times, catching two balls for 24 yards. It was an uneventful day for the tight ends.

Grade: B-

 

Offensive line

Say what you will about their five sacks allowed, but the Rams’ offensive line was better than the stats indicate. Andrew Whitworth was beat by Bradley Chubb a couple times, Von Miller was given a free rush on a designed rollout and Goff held the ball a bit too long one other time. The pass protection wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either.

The run blocking was off the charts, however. Gurley had huge running lanes to roll through and gained big yardage before even being touched on more than one occasion.

Grade: A

 

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