HOUSTON (AP) – Matthew Stafford threw 305 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters, and the Los Angeles Rams dominated the inept Houston Texans in every way in a 38:22 win on Sunday.
It’s the fourth straight win for the Rams (7-1) and the seventh straight loss for the Texans (7-1), their longest slip since the last 14 games of the 2013 season.
What you need to know
- The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Houston Texans on Sunday at 38:22
- Matthew Stafford threw 305 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters
- It’s the fourth win in a row for the Rams (7-1)
- Next up: The Rams visit the Titans Sunday night
Stafford threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp with about 9½ minutes to go in the third, giving Los Angeles a 31-0 lead. That score was established when Van Jefferson cleared for a 68-yard reception two games earlier.
Aaron Donald dismissed rookie Davis Mills on first down at Houston’s next possession and Mills fumbled on third down. He won the ball back and got a pass to David Johnson, but it was a loss.
The Rams added another touchdown when Stafford threw the ball at Robert Woods in the backcourt, and he stormed 16 yards to make it 38-0 in the third game.
Stafford watched the rest of the game from the sidelines, with John Wolford filling in as quarterback.
Kupp caught seven balls for 115 yards and Darrell Henderson had 90 yards rushing and two TDs, one on the ground and one on a 3-yard reception in the first quarter. Woods also had two touchdowns, scooping a 2-yard reception in the second quarter.
The Rams have won 43 games in a row, including the playoffs when they led at halftime, in the second longest streak in NFL history after a 49-game streak by the Packers from 1926 onwards.
Houston scored every point after Stafford left the game. With about eight minutes remaining, Rex Burkhead had a 1-yard scoring run and Mills threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.
Houston recovered an onside kick, and Mills threw Brevin Jordan a 9-yard touchdown reception with about 2½ minutes to go. The 2-point conversion reduced the Rams’ lead to 38-22.
Mills dropped to 0-6 as a starter as Tyrod Taylor was injured. He threw for 310 yards, but many of those yards came with the game long decided and intercepted.
The Rams took off when Henderson scored on their first possession. Matt Gay scored a 27-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with about nine minutes to go in the second quarter.
The Rams got the ball back just a few games later when Ernest Jones stepped in front of a pass destined for Danny Amendola for his first interception of his career.
They took advantage of the mistake when Stafford met Woods on a 2-yard TD pass about six minutes from time in the first half.
A sack of mills from Donald and Greg Gaines in third place forced Houston into another punt to give Los Angeles a chance to extend their lead before half time.
Henderson took his second score of half as he ran untouched for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 24-0 less than a minute from half-time.
Houston had a shot before halftime to get points on the board, but Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 45-yard field goal attempt sailed to the right.
Rams rookie recipient TuTu Atwell injured his shoulder in the third quarter and did not return.
Rams: Visit the Titans on Sunday night.
Texans: Go to Dolphins Sunday.