Goff carves up Texans, lifts Rams to fourth in row
Sports Xchange - Monday 13th November, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- Quarterback Jared Goff threw three touchdowns passes and the Los Angeles Rams rolled to their fourth consecutive win with a 33-7 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday at the Memorial Coliseum.
The win allowed the Rams (7-2) to maintain a one-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Texans (3-6) dropped their third straight.
A 94-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Robert Woods with 9:23 left in the third quarter turned a two-point Rams lead into a 16-7 cushion and seemed to pump life into an offense that struggled in the first half.
Goff also connected with Sammy Watkins on a 17-yard scoring pass and Woods on a 12-yarder to blow the game open late in the third quarter.
Woods finished with eight catches for a game-high 171 yards. Goff was 25 of 37 for 355 yards with no interceptions.
Three Greg Zuerlein field goals, two of them occurring after turnovers, allowed the Rams to take a 9-7 lead at the half. Zuerlein connected from 27, 33 and 50 yards. Zuerlein, who was 4-for-4, also hit a 33-yarder in the fourth.
Houston's lone score came on a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Savage to wide receiver Bruce Ellington that gave the Texas a 7-6 lead at 6:31 of the second quarter.
Savage, who started for the second time since rookie Deshaun Watson was lost for the season with a torn ACL, completed 18 of 37 passes for 211 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Houston's DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for 111 yards.
Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for 68 yards on 11 carries and had 68 yards receiving on six catches.
NOTES: Rams OLB Robert Quinn missed the game with an illness. Matt Longacre, who had a fumble recovery, started in his place. ... Houston WR Will Fuller V sustained a rib injury after taking a hit from S Lamarcus Joyner in the second quarter and did not return. ... Los Angeles RB Lance Dunbar was added to the active roster from the physically unable to perform list. ... The pregame ceremonies featured several salutes to military personnel and fallen service members. ... The Texans are 1-3 in the all-time series against the Rams. ... Both clubs resume play next Sunday. The Texans host the Arizona Cardinals, while the Rams visit the Minnesota Vikings.
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