Halftime Notes - Rams vs. Redskins

Check in-game photos of the Rams' matchup with the Washington Redskins at the Coliseum.

The Rams have had substantial trouble stopping the run against Washington and are down 20-10 at halftime. Here are a few notes from the first two quarters.

TROUBLE STOPPING THE RUN

Los Angeles has had a tough time slowing down Washington's run game in the first half. In the first quarter, Washington running back Rob Kelley had 63 yards on just nine carries.

Then the second quarter began with another run, with running back Chris Thompson taking a pitch to the left seven yards for a touchdown.

After the Rams had cut Washington's lead to three points, Thompson blew through the defense again for a 61-yard touchdown on a draw play. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers had a good get-off and was nearly there to stop the play before it started. But Brockers went to Cousins, who at that point was handing off to Thompson.

Overall, Washington finished the first half with 167 yards on 20 carries — an average of 8.4 yards per attempt. The Rams will have to improve that mark in the second half.

BIG PLAY TO EVERETT

After Washington scored a field goal to go ahead 13-0, Los Angeles got on the board in part with a big play from tight end Gerald Everett.

On 1st-and-10 from the home team's 25, quarterback Jared Goff sensed pressure in the pocket, escaped to the right, and connected with a wide open Everett near the numbers on the right side with an intermediate pass. But there was no one near the rookie, who brought the ball 69 yards down the field to the Washington six-yard line.

After an outstanding play from fellow rookie wideout Cooper Kupp — who caught a Goff pass after slipping and falling on the one-yard line — running back Todd Gurley finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown.

ODD START TO A DRIVE

After Washington's first field goal, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper appeared to return the ensuing kickoff to the Los Angeles 26.

However, there was a holding penalty called on Los Angeles and a facemask called on Washington. While it initially looked like those fouls would offset with the Rams possessing the ball at their own 26, the officials revised that decision.

Referee Jerome Boger announced that because both fouls occurred after the ball was possessed, the ball would go back to the spot where the kick ended. Thus, the Rams started their drive on their own two-yard line.

There may be more explanation on the call after the game.

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