What a difference a year — and a new coaching regime — has made for the Los Angeles Rams.
Through three games, including Thursday night’s 41-39 thriller over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, the Rams have looked like a team that can score in bunches and make crucial defensive stops when needed most. Quarterback Jared Goff is looking like a guy who deserved to go No. 1 overall in the 2016 draft, while RB Todd Gurley has looked far more like the 2015 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year than the 2016 sophomore dud. Sean McVay might be the youngest head coach in NFL history, but so far his offense — which worked wonders with Redskins QB Kirk Cousins — looks pretty sharp with Goff, Gurley and receivers Tavon Austin and Sammy Watkins.
Zampese was in his second year as coordinator, having spent the previous 13 seasons as quarterbacks coach. The Bengals ranked 13th in total offense in 2016 but 24th in scoring (20.3 ppg).
Lazor, who becomes Lewis’ fifth offensive coordinator in Cincinnati, takes over an offense that has scored just nine points on three field goals. Before joining Lewis’ staff last season, he had served as offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach with the Redskins, Seahawks, Eagles and Dolphins.
The Lions defensive line never gave an inch, and the secondary played the Giants receivers tight with the exception of one wide-open touchdown in the second quarter.
But the Giants defense played well too. Stafford hasn’t been held under 150 receiving yards since 2010 but managed just 122 yards against the stingy New York defense. Had he needed to throw more, he definitely could’ve added to his total, but it was still an impressive — albeit frustrating — night for the Giants defense
There’s a lot of way to show displeasure with your football team. But Giants fans nailed it with a thumbs down seemingly every time one got on camera.