Sean McVay Continues To Own Kliff Kingsbury, But Rams Must Clean Up Mistakes Moving Forward

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The Los Angeles Rams went on the road for the first time in 2022 for their first divisional matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

Sean McVay has owned the Cardinals since taking over as head coach of the Rams, going 10-1 overall and 6-1 against Kliff Kingsbury in the regular season and playoffs going into Week 3. That continued on Sunday as the Rams came away with a 20-12 victory to improve to 2-1 on the young season.

Any road divisional victory is worth celebrating, and the Rams seem to be rounding into form after a rough season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

While the Rams’ dominance over the Cardinals continued, the score may not have indicated that considering L.A. made a handful of mistakes that allowed Arizona to stay in it. Those will need to be cleaned up moving forward as the Rams take on some tougher opponents.

Robinson dropped touchdown

After a stop by the defense and a blocked punt to begin the game, the Rams offense was given great field position for their first drive of the day. They worked it all the way into the red zone, although Allen Robinson dropped a walk-in touchdown on a slant from Matthew Stafford.

The Rams were later forced to kick a field goal after Stafford to Robinson was again incomplete on third down. Robinson finished with just two catches and 23 yards, continuing the slow start to his Rams career.

Three straight three-and-outs

The Rams offense got going from there though with a Cooper Kupp touchdown and then another field goal to take a 13-0 lead.

Given the ability to step on Arizona’s throat with the defense continuing to play well, however, Stafford and the offense followed that up with three consecutive three-and-outs to end the first half and begin the second.

The offensive line struggled to protect Stafford, allowing the Cardinals to stay within striking distance.

Akers fumble

After the Rams took over once again and extended the lead to 20-9 late in the fourth quarter, they had a chance to put them away with the offense deep in the red zone.

Cam Akers, as he did in last year’s divisional round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coughed up the football at the 1-yard line, allowing one final push from Kyler Murray and the Cardinals that ultimately came up short.

Akers otherwise had a solid game with 12 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown, but he and the Rams are fortunate that fumble didn’t come back to haunt them.

Winning is the most important thing in the NFL, but if the Rams want to win the NFC West and be a threat to repeat as Super Bowl champions, they will have to clean up the simple mistakes that could’ve cost them against the Cardinals.