Los Angeles Rams Welcome Houston Texans

Los Angeles Rams Welcome Houston Texans

Los Angeles Rams Welcome Houston Texans

 Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) rushes the passer against Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Darrell Williams (63) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Brett Coomer/ Houston Chronicle Staff photographer)

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) rushes the passer against Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Darrell Williams (63) during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Brett Coomer/ Houston Chronicle Staff photographer)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

On the last Saturday in August the Rams welcomed the Houston Texans into the Los Angeles Coliseum for each team’s third game of the pre-season. Normally the third game of pre-season is considered the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season however, teams in different positions may have varying strategies. Either way, teams still use this extra game to further evaluate the players to build their depth.

Just as with their previous pre-season games, the Rams has chosen not to start many of their key players on offense for this game. On the other sideline, the Texans brass decided to let their young starters some work as they welcome back Deshaun Watson back from the knee injury he suffered last season. Though each of these teams made the playoffs last season, the Rams are expected to have a much better season.

Watson threw a deep pass that was intercepted by the Rams inside their own 20 yards line. Rams backup quarterback Sean Mannion proceeded to give the ball right back to the Texans, which lead to their first touchdown of the game. Veteran Cornerback Sam Shield intercepted a pass from Texans backup Quarterback Brandon Weeden, which led to the Rams initial touchdown of the game.

After Sean Mannion went 4/10 in the first quarter, he turned his play around in the second quarter by leading the team on a couple longs drive giving the Rams a 7-point lead, with 1:54 to go in the second half. The Texans proceeded to drive the ball down the field and tied the game with 30 seconds remaining in the half.

John Kelly use the third quarter as his chance to shine, he was given the ball 7 times on the last drive of the quarter. He closed out the drive with a tough 15-yard touchdown run. Kelly’s touchdown run gave the Rams the lead, going into the fourth quarter.

Down by seven points, journeyman QB Joe Webb led the Texans on a scoring drive in the 4th quarter that brought the Texans within a two-point conversion of taking a late lead in the ballgame. As their two-point conversion fell futile, it saved everyone involved from a dreaded Pre-Season Overtime game. As each team still has one pre-season game to play, before the real season begins.

Keeping their team healthy as “they get ready for that September 10th date” is their major priority says, Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, as he explains their decision to rest their key offensive players during preseason. “It’s an imperfect deal, but this is the decision we felt like we wanted to make.” “The reason we felt like this was best, is because of the continuity, that they do have on offense.”

If it wasn’t clear before I will make it clear now, Sean McVay and the Rams brass have earned the benefit of the doubt from me. However, though these games don’t count they do matter and I wouldn’t be comfortable with my key contributors on offense not getting any game reps prior to

the regular season. Only, because I would rather my player get some game action before live games and teams begin gunning for said key players.

Certainly, McVay and his staff have more coaching experience that I have lived on this earth, though I am adamant I think they should’ve gotten their playmakers some game time action before the season begins. Or maybe, they are just using this game versus the former Los Angeles, Oakland, and future Las Vegas Raiders as their final Pre-Season game? Raider fans? What are your thoughts on the Pre-Season preparation of the Rams and what do you expect from them during this upcoming season? Let me know What's Good, by sharing your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below at www.whatsgoodinsports.com.

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