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Week 16 Game Recap: Los Angeles Rams 27, Tennessee Titans 23

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Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley carried this Rams team this week in an unbelievable performance that won many people their fantasy championships. Gurley accounted for 66% of the team's offense in this game and largely bailed out Jared Goff who struggled at times in this game. Goff was erratic and looked like he did earlier on in the season where he was inconsistent at times trying to force deep throws down the field that were not there. Cooper Kupp made an incredible touchdown catch with tremendous body awareness to get his knee in-bounds. Sammy Watkins also scored a touchdown on the quick slant play that we have seen several times this season.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans offense wasn't sharp again, but Marcus Mariota did enough to move the ball for 275 passing yards despite passing for no touchdowns, one interception, and multiple blocked passes near the line of scrimmage as he had pressure in his face for most of this game. The running game was ineffective as Demarco Murray suffered a late-game knee injury that will likely end his season, yielding to Derrick Henry for Week 17. Corey Davis had a career-day with 91 receiving yards as he was the top Titans receiver, while Eric Decker continues to come around late in the season with his third straight game of over 55 receiving yards.

Los Angeles Rams

QB Jared Goff, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 38 - 301 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - -6 - 0
Jared Goff's job was relatively easy in this game as the game plan was to dump the ball down to Todd Gurley and take deep shots down the field to keep the defense honest. Besides the screens and check-downs to Gurley, Goff was just 10/25 in this game. Goff was erratic as he overthrew several receivers and threw several 50/50 balls that his receiver was unable to come down with. Goff did throw four touchdowns in this game two of which were to Gurley one on a screen that he took 80-yards and another was a red-zone play on a dump off. Goff's third touchdown was one that he has thrown several times this season as it was a quick slant to Sammy Watkins from inside the five-yard line. Goff's final touchdown was a 15-yard pass that Goff overthrew, but Cooper Kupp made an incredible catch getting his knee down. Overall the stat line looks great due to 300-yards and four touchdowns, but this was not Goff's best game as Todd Gurley's playmaking was the primary cause for a lot of these yards and touchdowns.

RB Todd Gurley, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 118 - 0, Rec: 10 - 158 - 2 (13 targets)
If you haven't heard by now, you probably aren't reading this in week 17. Todd Gurley had a game for the ages as he was the focal point of this offense, through the air and on the ground. We have talked about Gurley in open space all season and he showed off his ability on an 80-yard screen route in which he seemed untouchable as once he gets to full speed he is almost impossible to bring down. Gurley showed off his signature hurdle move several times in this game on receptions as he turned these into extra yards. As great as Gurley was in this game, he could have had an even bigger game as he was brought down by shoestring saving tackles on two separate carries early in the game that would have potentially led to additional long touchdowns.

WR Cooper Kupp, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 65 - 1 (6 targets)
The Rams took three shots for touchdowns to Kupp in this game and while he was only able to come up with one of the three which ended up being the touchdown that he caught it was a great sign that the team was giving him these looks. Kupp's touchdown was a play that he really had no business catching the football as Goff overthrew him and Kupp made an incredible catch but reaching as far as he could as the ball was already out of bounds. Even more incredible is that Kupp knew that based on how far he was lunging for the ball he would not be able to get two feet in-bounds so he dropped his knee down to get the touchdown.

WR Robert Woods, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (8 targets)
Robert Woods was largely a non-factor in this game as the team tried to get him involved but was largely unable to in this game as Woods and Goff were not on the same page for most of this game. Woods still saw 8 targets in this game so continue to expect him to be involved in future weeks but this was a week in which Woods and Goff were not on the same page.

WR Sammy Watkins, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 1 (7 targets)
The Rams tried to get Sammy Watkins involved with some deep throws in this game, but Goff was trying to force it to Watkins when he was not necessarily open and did overthrow at times to Watkins. Watkins did salvage his day on a play that we have seen several times this season which is a goal-line package where Watkins is the lone receiver on the right side of the field, Goff takes a three-step drop and Watkins runs a quick slant boxing out the cornerback for the touchdown.

Tennessee Titans

QB Marcus Mariota, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 39 - 275 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 24 - 0
Marcus Mariota had another tough outing as he got off to the worst start possible with an interception on his first pass of the game. He also had another pass that was nearly picked off in the end zone after a tip late in the first quarter. He was under pressure for most of the day despite only taking one sack, as the pressure showed with Mariota's overall inaccuracy along with multiple passes getting batted down at the line of scrimmage. He made a great play with his legs late in the first half as Mariota danced down the left sideline for 14 yards, surprisingly not stepping out of bounds earlier than when he was called out. Mariota threw a few great balls later in the game as he did a better job moving the offense, including a pass that was on target to a sprinting Taywan Taylor deep downfield, but Taylor simply could not haul it in under heavy coverage. Corey Davis was a big target here for Mariota as he placed the ball very well on a few deep throws in the direction of Davis, including a perfect out route around 20 yards downfield in the fourth quarter. The last play of the game for the Titans and Mariota was an ugly one though, as Mariota scrambled to the right but could not find an open receiver before misjudging Conner Barwin and inevitably falling backward while recklessly chucking the ball in the air for an incomplete pass and turnover on downs.

RB DeMarco Murray, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 48 - 1, Rec: 3 - 11 - 0 (4 targets)
Demarco Murray saw over 70% of the snaps for the third straight week as he rushed 15 times with three receptions compared to Derrick Henry's eight carries and one reception. Murray was not very productive at all with his 15 rushing attempts, barely averaging over three yards per carry despite finding the end zone once. Murray's touchdown run came in the third quarter as he cut back through a massive hole that looked to even surprise him by how wide it was, easily accelerating through the middle of the field into the end zone from six yards out. Murray had a nice pinball run late in the game as he nine yards down the middle of the field on what would be his longest run of the day. He did suffer a knee injury late in the game though that was later reported to be an LCL sprain which will likely rule Murray out for the final game of the season.

RB Derrick Henry, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 25 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)
Derrick Henry saw limited work again as he carried just eight times for 25 yards with a lone reception late in the game for six yards. Henry was used differently in this game as he was brought in to spell Murray instead of what we had been seeing in recent weeks where the Titans allotted an entire series to one running back or the other. Henry came in for one or two touches on five of the Titans' first seven possessions of the game, but he never did get an entire series to himself. With Murray's knee injury likely keeping him sidelined next week, Henry will take over for the Titans as their workhorse running back in Week 17.

WR Eric Decker, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 73 - 0 (10 targets)
Eric Decker finished as the most heavily targeted receiver for the Titans this past week with 10 in total, hauling in six of those for 73 receiving yards. He had a couple of clutch receptions within the red zone in the first half, but most of his production ended up coming after halftime. Decker showed his physicality throughout this game, and especially after his long reception of the day for 25 yards as he stiff-armed the Rams defender while running to the sideline for an extra 13 yards after the catch. Decker now has over 55 receiving yards in three straight games exceeding the 50-yard mark in a game just once through the first 13 weeks of the season.

WR Corey Davis, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 91 - 0 (9 targets)
Corey Davis had a career day as he finally exceeded his Week 1 yardage total, leading the team last week with 91 receiving yards. He made a spectacular grab midway through the first quarter as he plucked the ball over the head of a defender while sprinting across a route downfield for the 18-yard gain. Early in the second half, Davis has his longest play of the day on a comeback route in the middle of the field that Davis then proceeded to turn upfield for another 15 yards for a total gain of 37 yards.

WR Rishard Matthews, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 48 - 0 (4 targets)
Matthews made a great play midway through the third quarter as he caught the ball after an out route, then shedding his would-be tackler before accelerating up the sideline to get the Titans into the red zone. His only other reception of the day was another big one as Matthews ran a short slant route, catching the ball about four yards from the line of scrimmage but again ram right through the cornerback covering him as Matthews scampered for 23 yards in total on that play. This was the first game of the season in which Matthews finished with fewer than three receptions as his overall usage was certainly down despite a couple of long plays.

TE Delanie Walker, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (5 targets)
Delanie Walker had a quiet day as he managed only three receptions for 33 yards. All of Walker's receptions came on short routes, two of which he managed to add on some yards after the catch to turn them into longer gains. Walker did see a red zone target in the first quarter, but the play was called back due to a penalty. This ended up being one of Walker's least productive games of the season as he had not finished with fewer than 35 receiving yards since Week 6.