The Rams offense didn’t have much trouble moving the ball against the Chargers last week, but the Texans defense proved to be a tougher test for Los Angeles’ backups. In Week 2 of the preseason on Friday night, the Rams struggled to get anything going offensively, mustering only 277 yards with several sloppy plays – including a fumble by John Wolford and a dropped handoff by A.J. Rose.
The Rams’ defense did a nice job limiting Houston’s first-string offense in the first half, limiting the Texans to only seven points before halftime, which was encouraging because some of the players on the field for Los Angeles will contribute defensively this season. Cobie Durant broke up a pass, forced a fumble and recorded a sack, while Robert Rochell had a pass deflection of his own and helped force a fumble, too.
The frustrating part of this game for the Rams was the offensive line. Logan Bruss gave up a pair of sacks before getting hurt, and the Texans as a team recorded six total sacks on Wolford and Bryce Perkins. It was just much too difficult for either quarterback to find a rhythm with defenders bearing down on them all night.
But in the second half, Perkins helped provide a spark on offense. He led a go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, moving the ball on a 13-play, 7-plus-minute possession to give the Rams a 20-17 lead with just over 5 minutes to go.