Sunday, Sep 12, 2021. 10:59 PM
INGLEWOOD, Calif. –Matthew Stafford shone with 321 yards and three TDs in his debut with his new team and led the Los Angeles Rams to a 34-14 victory over Andy Dalton and the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
On his second pass in the Rams uniform, Stafford joined Van Jefferson for a 67-yard touchdown. The quarterback then spotted the unsupervised Cooper Kupp for a 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Then, he completed his third and final touchdown pass of the duel by sending the ball towards Robert Woods with 3:17 remaining in the game.
With Stafford in place of Jared Goff, the Rams looked more like the offensive power they were in their first two seasons under head coach Sean McVay. The latter also increased his record to 5-0 in inaugural matches.
The Rams had points in six of Stafford’s first seven full offensive streaks, in addition to amassing gains of 375 yards in the game.
Kupp ended his night of work with seven receptions and gains of 108 yards.
Dalton posted an overhead gain of 206 yards in his first game with the Bears, while rookie quarterback Justin Fields ran three yards for a touchdown in his first game in the NFL.
The Bears had some good streaks, but they were never able to recover from the interception in Dalton’s end zone that ended their first offensive streak. The team were forced to play catch-up football for the remainder of the game.
David Montgomery posted a 108-yard rushing gain as well as a touchdown for the Bears, who are 1-3 in the inaugural game since coach Matt Nagy took over.
Stafford waves to new supporters with 67-yard bomb