L.A. Rams offense shows up in win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Los Angeles Rams (2-1) finally showcased some offense in a 37-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2), despite more than an hour-long rain delay in the fourth quarter.

The contest received a 75-minute rain delay at the two-minute warning, but the Rams would eventually hold onto a victory in the offensive battle.

L.A. quarterback Case Keenum managed the game effectively as he finished with 190 passing yards on 14 completions. He threw two touchdowns and one interception.

Los Angeles started the offensive shootout with their first touchdown of the 2016 season via a 44-yard pass to Brian Quick.

After opening the game 7-0, the Buccaneers made it 10-6 by the end of the first quarter thanks to a 38-yard interception return for a score.

Early in the second quarter, Tampa Bay then scored off a short run from Charles Simms, which gave them a 10-13 lead. Simms finished the game with 55 rushing yards on 14 touches.

The Buccaneers would score again in the first half via a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate.

Before the game could get out of hand, Rams linebacker Mark Barron intercepted a deflected pass late in the first half.

Rams running back Todd Gurley then scored the first rushing touchdown of the season from one-yard-out. That made the game 17-20 at before halftime.

Gurley got another one-yard touchdown run towards the end of third quarter, which gave Los Angeles a 24-20 lead. He finished the day with 85 rushing yards on 27 carries.

Later in the second half, Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks recovered a fumble and took it 77 yards for a touchdown. This gave the Rams a 31-20 lead. 

Tampa Bay answered with a touchdown pass to receiver Vincent Jackson. They got into scoring position via a Simms long pass reception.

Rams receiver Tavon Austin caught an out route from Case Keenum, breaks a tackle and walks into the endzone. The Rams regain the lead, 37-26, with more than four minutes remaining in the contest.

The Buccaneers found Mike Evans for a seven-yard pass with a little more than tow minutes remaining. That made the score 37-32.

Then things got weird with the extensive rain delay. However, the thunder only delayed the inevitable Rams win.





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