The last time the Rams and Patriots faced off, Bill Belichick had Sean McVay and Jared Goff seeing ghosts in Super Bowl 53.
A lot has changed since then. McVay’s offense has changed; it’s no longer dependent on Todd Gurley outside runs. LA is much more balanced with a three-headed rushing attack of Darrell Henderson, Malcom Brown and Cam Akers and a solid receiving duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. It has led the Rams to an 8-4 record, tied for first in the stacked NFC West.
Things are significantly different in New England, too, with Tom Brady no longer under center. Instead, the Pats’ offense is built around the legs of Cam Newton, and that has produced mixed results. After starting the year 2-5, the Patriots have won four of their last five to get back to .500 at 6-6. They’re two games out of a wild-card spot in the AFC and coming off their best game of the season, a 45-0 win over the Chargers.
So what will make the difference in this contest? More than likely, it will depend on how well Newton and the Patriots’ rushing attack can hold up against a stout Rams defense led by Aaron Donald up front. LA is giving up just 93.1 yards rushing per game, third-fewest in the NFL. The pass defense has been even better: just 198.3 yards passing per game allowed, fewest in the NFL. If New England can’t establish the run, then don’t expect Newton to be able to bail it out with his arm.
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Patriots vs. Rams score
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9:41 p.m. — Rams punt. New England gets it back at its 37-yard line after a decent return by Gunner Olszewski, 16 seconds remaining, two timeouts to spare.
9:35 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, PATRIOTS. New England finally gets on the board as Nick Folk hits a 29-yarder to make it 17-3 with 1:04 remaining in the first half.
9:27 p.m. — Two-Minute Warning. Patriots have it, first and 10 at the Rams’ 19-yard line.
9:22 p.m. — Rams punt. Johnny Hekker gets his first action of the night as LA can’t get much going after being backed up near its end zone. Patriots get the ball back at their 32-yard line, 4:40 left to play in the first half.
9:15 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Patriots finally get a good drive going but come up empty as Newton is brought down in the backfield on fourth and goal. Looked like a speed option call and the Rams had it well covered. LA takes over at its 4-yard line with 6:48 left to play in the half.
9:04 p.m. — PICK SIX, RAMS. Well, that was quick. Kenny Young picks off Newton’s pass on the first play of the second quarter and runs it back for a TD. Rams are up 17-0 with 14:46 left in the second quarter. This one is looking ugly.
9:00 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Rams 10, Patriots 0. New England has it, second and 9 at the LA 19-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:56 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Myles Bryant snatches it from Robert Woods on the short pass. Bryant took it to the house but replay showed he was down by contact; Patriots take over at the LA 32-yard line with 1:00 left in the first quarter.
8:49 p.m. — Patriots punt. Another three and out for New England as Newton’s pass is batted down at the line by Sebastian Joseph-Day. Rams get the ball back at their 14-yard line, 3:48 left in the first quarter.
8:43 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, RAMS. Matt Gay hits from 35 yards after a big 16-yard gain on the catch and run by Cam Akers on third and 18. LA leads 10-0 with 5:16 left in the first quarter.
8:33 p.m. — Patriots punt. Three and out to start the night for Cam Newton and the New England offense as his pass is broken up on third down. Rams take over at their 23-yard line with 9:49 remaining in the first quarter.
8:28 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, RAMS. Jared Goff goes over the top on the QB sneak on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line. LA leads 7-0 with 11:21 left in the first quarter.
8:22 p.m. — Patriots win the toss. Jared Goff will lead the Rams out for the opening drive.
‘Thursday Night Football’ start time
Date: Thursday, Dec. 10Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, now with more TV options thanks to the addition of Fox to the broadcast.
NFL Week 14 schedule
Below is the complete schedule for Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Dec. 10
Patriots vs. Rams
Fox, NFL Network, fuboTV
Sunday, Nov. 22
Vikings at Buccaneers
Cardinals at Giants
Cowboys at Bengals
Chiefs at Dolphins
Titans at Jaguars
Texans at Bears
Broncos at Panthers
Jets at Seahawks
Colts at Raiders
Washington at 49ers
Falcons at Chargers
Packers at Lions
Steelers at Bills
Monday, Nov. 23
Ravens at Browns