Rams Begin McVay Era with 46-9 Win Over Colts

Myles Simmons

LOS ANGELES — The Rams began head coach Sean McVay’s tenure with a dominating team performance to beat the Colts, 46-9.

Los Angeles’ defense recorded a pair of pick sixes — one from cornerback Trumaine Johnson and another from defensive back Lamarcus Joyner — forced three turnovers, and had five sacks while holding the Colts to just nine points.

The passing offense was impressive as well, with Goff completing 21 of his 29 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown. Newcomer Sammy Watkins was a significant target, as the wide receiver caught five passes for 58 yards. But Goff spread the ball around well — as is customary in McVay’s offense — completing passes to seven different targets.

L.A. got the ball first after the Colts won and deferred, and used a no-huddle offense to quickly move down the field. Goff completed a 13-yard pass to Watkins and a 21-yard pass to wideout Robert Woods to move the Rams down the field. Greg Zuerlein connected on a 50-yard field goal to give the home team an early 3-0 lead.

But the score wouldn’t stay that way for long. On the Colts’ first set of downs, Johnson undercut what looked like an out route by wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and intercepted Scott Tolzien’s pass on the defense’s right. Johnson was off to the races from there, returning the pick 39 yards for a touchdown, putting the Rams up 10-0.

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