Sunday: Noon at U.S. Bank Stadium (Ch. 9, 100.3-FM, 1130-AM)
ABOUT THE RAMS
• The Rams (7-2) scored three touchdowns in the third quarter Sunday, leaping in front of the Texans for a 33-7 win. Los Angeles has won four consecutive games and has a 4-0 road record this season.
• The Rams, a franchise without a division title since 2003 or playoff berth since 2004, lead the NFC West with seven wins. They haven’t topped seven wins in a season since 2006.
• The Rams’ No. 1-ranked offense, scoring nearly 33 points per game, is led by second-year quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and former Vikings center John Sullivan. Whitworth and Sullivan were key free-agency acquisitions last spring.
• Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is one of the best players in football and leads the Rams’ No. 3-ranked scoring defense in sacks (five) and tackles for loss (six). L.A.’s opportunistic defense leads the NFL with 19 takeaways, and Donald has three forced fumbles.
PLAYER SPEAK | Jared Goff, QB
• Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 out of Cal, has so far enjoyed a breakout second season, completing 61 percent of his passes for 2,385 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
• Goff is riding a hot streak, having thrown seven touchdown passes and no picks in his past two starts, wins against the Giants and Texans.
• On taking Case Keenum’s job midseason last year in L.A.: “He was an open book for me. I could ask anything to him. He was tremendous. I thought he handled the situation extremely well. It can be tough for a guy like that who was a starter and then they draft me. It can be tough. I thought he handled it as well as anybody could.”
• On the Rams’ retooled offensive line: “That’s been an underrated, I think, part of our offense is how good they have been. Not only pass protection, but run blocking. It’s been tremendous to see how far they’ve come.”
COACH SPEAK | Sean McVay
• McVay became the youngest head coach in NFL history when the Rams hired him at age 30 this offseason. Now 31, McVay has a 7-2 record at the helm while orchestrating what could finish as a historical turnaround for L.A.’s offense, which was the NFL’s worst last season.
• During McVay’s tenure as Washington offensive coordinator from 2014-16, the Redskins improved to 24.8 points per game, up from 18.8.
• On the Rams’ 7-2 start: “We’ve been fortunate to come away with a few wins and do some good things, but there’s a lot of football left to be played and certainly there’s an unbelievable challenge in facing one of the more complete teams in the NFL.”
• On coordinator Wade Phillips’ defense: “We’ve got a lot of guys contributing on our front. I think [D-line coach] Bill Johnson does a good job rotating those guys and keeping them fresh. Wade has been mixing up some of his calls, whether it be a four-man rush or some of the pressures.”