Rams dominate, look unrecognizable in opening rout of Colts

Alden Gonzalez


LOS ANGELES -- The defense, without quite possibly the best defensive player in the world, returned two interceptions for touchdowns and consistently generated pressure. The offense, the NFL's worst each of the last two years, flowed in near-perfect harmony, exceeding 30 points before the midway point of the third quarter and nearly finishing with 50.

A new day, indeed, for the Los Angeles Rams.


The Rams had plenty of reason to celebrate in Sunday's opener. Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports
Playing at home, against an undermanned Indianapolis Colts team, the Rams were dominant, impressive, fun -- and through that, unrecognizable. They won, 46-9, on Sunday, and in the process scored more points than they did at any point in 2015 or 2016. A defense led by Wade Phillips, one of the most successful coordinators in NFL history, held a Scott Tolzien-led Colts offense to 225 net yards. An offense led by Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, gained 373 yards, more than they did at any point last year.

It went down as the most points the Rams had scored in a season opener in the Super Bowl era, with the previous high being 41, put on by the 2000 Rams against the Broncos.

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