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Rams 2-0 for first time since 2001 after blanking Cardinals

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams had a short week to prepare for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

It didn't look as if they needed extra time.

The Rams dominated the Cardinals 34-0. Los Angeles has won its first two games for the first time since 2001, when it started 6-0 en route to the third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

''We responded the right way physically and mentally (after a 33-13 win over Oakland last Monday),'' Rams coach Sean McVay said.

''It is a credit to our players. Offensively we were able to capitalize on some short fields while the defense and special teams were outstanding.''

Todd Gurley ran for three touchdowns while Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams allowed only five first downs, recorded tackles for loss on six running plays and didn't allow the Cardinals to cross midfield until the final minute of the game.

On special teams, punter Johnny Hekker ended up having to do placekicking duty after Greg Zuerlein strained his groin in pregame warmups. JoJo Natson, who was signed on Wednesday, averaged 22.2 yards on six punt returns.

The Rams had 10 offensive plays of 17 yards or more. The Cardinals' longest play went for 15 yards.

''You're always expected to win, but when you can just go into the game with a confidence just knowing that you just have so many talented and great players on the team it makes you happy,'' said Gurley, who had three rushing touchdowns for the second time in his four-year career and finished with 42 yards on 19 carries.

Goff, who has six 300-yard games, completed 24 of 32 passes, marking the third time in 24 starts he has completed more than 70 percent of his passes when making 25 or more attempts. The 354 yards were only a yard off his career high, set last season against Houston.

Goff completed passes to six receivers including Brandin Cooks, who had seven receptions for 159 yards.

The Cardinals, who went three-and-out on five of their 10 drives, fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2005. Sam Bradford, the first overall draft pick by the Rams in 2010, was 17 of 27 for 90 yards in his first start against his former team.

''When you look at the game it's a little deja vu from last week,'' Arizona coach Steve Wilks said. ''We just couldn't find ourselves making a play. A lot of things that we need to address moving forward across the board, personnel, everything, scheme, and we'll look to do that as we get back on Monday.''

The Rams opened the scoring early in the second quarter with Gurley's 11-yard run. They successfully went for the 2-point conversion on Gurley's run.

Hekker's 20-yard field goal extended the lead to 11-0 before Gurley had a 1-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion on the final plays of the first half.

The Rams extended their lead to 27-0 in the third quarter on Gurley's 2-yard run and Goff's pass to Malcolm Brown on the conversion. They added another touchdown in the fourth quarter when Goff connected with a wide-open Tyler Higbee for 3 yards.

Since trailing Oakland 13-10 at halftime in the opener, the Rams have scored 57 unanswered points over their past six quarters.

''If we can play elite defense like that and put up zeroes across the board and let our offense just run up and down the field, so be it,'' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said.

BLANKING ARIZONA

This is the second time in three games that the Rams have shut out the Cardinals. Los Angeles has scored 32 or more points in all three meetings and has won by an average of 27.7 points.

SPECIAL TEAMS ADJUSTMENTS

The Rams went for the 2-pointers after their first three touchdowns due to Zuerlein's injury. Hekker handled kickoff duties as well as punting.

JoJo Natson, who was signed after 2017 All-Pro Pharoh Cooper was lost for the year with an ankle injury, had a strong debut as the team's returner, averaging 22.2 yards on six punt returns and one kick return for 22 yards. His 60-yard punt return in the second quarter helped set up Gurley's second touchdown.

McVay said he doesn't know what Zuerlein's status is going forward.

INJURIES

Cardinals: WR Larry Fitzgerald injured his hamstring during the fourth quarter and did not return. Fitzgerald said after the game that he could have continued to play but that he didn't know how effective he would have been.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Have two straight home games, beginning next Sunday against Chicago.

Rams: Host the Chargers in the first regular-season Battle of Los Angeles between the two teams.

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Key Players
D. Johnson 31 RB
48 RuYds, 3 ReYds, REC
4
FPTS
T. Gurley 30 RB
42 RuYds, 3 RuTDs, 31 ReYds, 3 RECs
29
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:17
J.Hekker extra point is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-C.Kupp.
plays
yds
pos
0
34
Touchdown 3:17
J.Goff pass short left to T.Higbee for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
25
yds
3:45
pos
0
33
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 3:39
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. J.Goff pass to M.Brown is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
0
27
Touchdown 3:39
T.Gurley up the middle for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
56
yds
2:10
pos
0
25
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 0:00
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. T.Gurley rushes up the middle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
0
19
Touchdown 0:00
T.Gurley up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
32
yds
4:18
pos
0
17
Field Goal 8:11
J.Hekker 20 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.McQuaide Holder-C.Kupp.
11
plays
52
yds
4:45
pos
0
11
Two Point Conversion 14:29
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. T.Gurley rushes up the middle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
0
8
Touchdown 14:29
T.Gurley right end for 11 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
59
yds
1:19
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:52 34:08
1st Downs 5 24
Rushing 1 8
Passing 4 14
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 3-12 8-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-3
Total Net Yards 137 432
Total Plays 43 67
Avg Gain 3.2 6.4
Net Yards Rushing 54 90
Rush Attempts 15 33
Avg Rush Yards 3.6 2.7
Net Yards Passing 83 342
Comp. - Att. 17-27 24-32
Yards Per Pass 3.1 10.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 2-12
Penalties - Yards 9-47 5-49
Touchdowns 0 4
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 8-33.8 2-41.0
Return Yards 49 155
Punts - Returns 0-0 6-133
Kickoffs - Returns 3-49 1-22
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kicking 0/0 2/2
Extra Points 0/0 1/1
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 0-0 -0% 4-6 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 2-3 -67%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cardinals 0-2 00000
Rams 2-0 0198734
83 PASS YDS 342
54 RUSH YDS 90
137 TOTAL YDS 432
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
S. Bradford 9 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63% 90 0 1 53.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.7% 243 0 2 55.6
S. Bradford 17/27 90 0 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Johnson 31 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 85 1
D. Johnson 13 48 0 9 4
C. Edmonds 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 29 0
C. Edmonds 1 5 0 5 1
D. Coleman 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
D. Coleman 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 104 0
L. Fitzgerald 5 3 28 0 15 2
C. Kirk 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 31 0
C. Kirk 5 4 27 0 11 2
R. Seals-Jones 86 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 36 0
R. Seals-Jones 6 4 17 0 8 1
C. Edmonds 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 39 0
C. Edmonds 5 5 15 0 7 1
D. Johnson 31 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 33 0
D. Johnson 2 1 3 0 3 4
J. Nelson 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
J. Nelson 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Williams 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
C. Williams 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Bethea 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-2 0 0.0
A. Bethea 7-1 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 1.0
P. Peterson 6-2 0.0 1 0
B. Mayowa 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
B. Mayowa 6-1 2.0 0 0
G. Hodges 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
G. Hodges 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Taylor 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
J. Taylor 5-0 0.0 0 0
B. Baker 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
B. Baker 4-2 0.0 0 0
J. Bynes 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
J. Bynes 4-2 0.0 0 0
T. Boston 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
T. Boston 4-2 0.0 0 0
E. Turner 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
E. Turner 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Benwikere 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
B. Benwikere 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Peters 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
C. Peters 2-3 0.0 0 0
R. Nkemdiche 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
R. Nkemdiche 2-3 0.0 0 0
R. Seals-Jones 86 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Seals-Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Lee 2 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Lee 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Bucannon 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
D. Bucannon 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Gardeck 92 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Gardeck 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Smith 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Ford 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Ford 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
C. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
H. Reddick 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
H. Reddick 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lee 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 50.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 51.2 4
A. Lee 8 50.4 1 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Logan 22 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.3 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 16.3 19 0
T. Logan 3 16.3 19 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Goff 16 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 354 1 1 108.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.6% 587 3 1 102.5
J. Goff 24/32 354 1 1 20
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Brown 34 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 51 0
M. Brown 12 46 0 19 6
T. Gurley 30 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 42 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 150 3
T. Gurley 19 42 3 11 29
J. Goff 16 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 1 0
J. Goff 2 2 0 2 20
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Cooks 12 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 159 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 246 0
B. Cooks 9 7 159 0 57 15
R. Woods 17 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 81 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 118 0
R. Woods 9 6 81 0 21 8
C. Kupp 18 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 63 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 115 1
C. Kupp 6 6 63 0 29 6
T. Gurley 30 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 70 1
T. Gurley 3 3 31 0 15 29
G. Everett 81 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 17 0
G. Everett 2 1 17 0 17 1
T. Higbee 89 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 3 1
T. Higbee 2 1 3 1 3 6
M. Brown 34 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
M. Brown 1 0 0 0 0 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Johnson 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-4 1 0.0
J. Johnson 6-1 0.0 0 0
M. Christian 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
M. Christian 4-1 0.0 0 0
N. Robey-Coleman 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
N. Robey-Coleman 3-1 0.0 0 0
R. Wilson 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
R. Wilson 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Littleton 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 1 0.0
C. Littleton 3-0 0.0 0 0
B. Hager 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Hager 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Davis 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Franklin-Myers 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Franklin-Myers 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ebukam 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
S. Ebukam 1-0 1.0 0 0
D. Easley 91 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Easley 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Shields 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
S. Shields 1-0 0.0 1 0
A. Donald 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
A. Donald 1-3 0.0 0 0
I. Johnson 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Brockers 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
M. Brockers 0-2 0.0 0 0
N. Suh 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
N. Suh 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Kiser 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Kiser 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 1 0.0
M. Peters 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Hekker 6 P
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/1 1/1
J. Hekker 1/1 20 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Hekker 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 51.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 54.8 3
J. Hekker 2 51.0 1 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
J. Natson 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Natson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 22.2 60 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 22.2 60 0
J. Natson 6 22.2 60 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:25 ARI 20 4:07 6 25 Punt
2:32 ARI 7 1:44 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:29 ARI 25 1:37 3 -3 Punt
8:07 ARI 25 3:49 6 9 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 31 2:21 3 9 Punt
11:06 ARI 2 5:17 6 13 Punt
3:39 ARI 18 1:16 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:10 ARI 15 1:29 3 9 Punt
7:57 ARI 27 0:55 2 2 INT
3:17 ARI 20 3:17 8 35 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAR 20 3:35 7 20 Punt
7:18 LAR 12 4:46 7 39 Punt
0:48 LAR 41 1:19 4 59 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 LAR 46 4:45 11 52 FG
4:18 ARI 32 4:18 8 32 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:39 LAR 21 1:33 4 58 INT
5:49 LAR 44 2:10 5 56 TD
2:23 LAR 41 4:13 7 44 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 LAR 23 3:44 8 50 Downs
7:02 ARI 25 3:45 7 25 TD