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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Jared Goff looks really comfortable in this Rams offense. Play action, movement passes and timing routes where Goff is getting the ball out at the top of the break.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Another thing we're seeing with Jared Goff tonight: Patience to let plays develop. Perfect example was a play-action rollout. Cooper Kupp had a step on his defender over the top, but it was a tight window. He waited, hit Robert Woods short, allowed him to run for what became a 25-yard gain. 2016 Goff doesn't do that.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

When the 49ers made it a one-score game near the midway point of the third quarter -- on a one-yard touchdown run by Carlos Hyde on fourth down -- they had outgained the Rams, 261-253. The Rams' offense is better than the Rams' defense right now. Crazy thought.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

I don't agree with the roughing the passer penalty on Rams DL Aaron Donald. I can only assume this is the rule that referee Jeff Triplette would cite: "When tackling a passer who is in a defenseless posture (e.g., during or just after throwing a pass), a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender's weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up the passer with the defensive player's arms and not land on the passer with all or most of his body weight."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yet another beautiful throw from Jared Goff, and a really impressive catch from Sammy Watkins. That's a 47-yard connection on the outside. And that is exactly why Watkins was brought here. Encouraging to see Goff get him the ball there.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Thursday turnarounds, man. Now Rams center John Sullivan is walking gingerly off the field. Was pointing to his groin. Austin Blythe, claimed off waivers from the Colts, is filling in.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) has been ruled out. No small loss. Cody Davis will try to fill his shoes.

ESPN Stats and Information  

There were 37 combined points scored in the 1st half tonight. Excluding the Week 1 Thursday night games (more time to prepare), this is the combined highest-scoring 1st half on a Thursday Night since Week 6 of 2014 when the Colts led 27-14 over the Texans at the break.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams finished the first half from Levi's Stadium with an 11-point lead. Sloppy game, and if you want to be very negative, you can point to the defense committing too many penalties and allowing too many third-down conversions. But here's what really matters: Jared Goff and Todd Gurley look really good. What a difference a year makes.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Gurley has his third touchdown today and his sixth touchdown of the season, which matches his total from all of last year. To recap: Gurley has six touchdowns in 10 quarters this year, after six touchdowns in 64 quarters last year.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams had a hard time defending third and long against the Redskins on Sunday and are having similar issues on Thursday. The 49ers converted a 3rd and 17 just after the midway mark of the second quarter, making them 5-for-8 on third downs.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Todd Gurley is the second player in Rams history with a Rush TD and Rec TD in the first quarter of a game. The other was Wendell Tyler in Week 15 of 1982 against the Raiders.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Johnny Hekker with a 64-yard punt to flip the field. He is about as good at his job as anybody -- at anything, in any walk of life.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner has a hamstring injury. His return is questionable.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Oh man. Tavon Austin is already having a hard enough time getting on the field on offense. He has to at least do a good job returning punts. He just dropped one, at his own 12-yard line.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Lamarcus Joyner, one of the NFL's highest-graded defensive backs through the first two weeks by Pro Football Focus, was helped off the field. It might have been his hamstring. Seemed like it was non-contact, so maybe not too serious. Cody Davis is the guy to replace Joyner.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams Jared Goff went 6-of-8 for 83 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter and was making throws all over the field. One -- a beautiful, downfield dart to TE Tyler Higbee -- was dropped in the end zone. Goff looks good.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Designed pick scheme to get Todd Gurley the ball on the quick flat route for the score. With the WR aligned in a tight split, the LB in coverage has to work over the top of the pick. And there's not enough time to recover on a throw in the deep red zone.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier in the Rams' second scoring drive, Jared Goff completed what might have been the best throw I have ever seen him make: On the run, to his right, firing a 31-yard dart to Robert Woods in a tight window. Nice.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Gurley scored six touchdowns in 16 games last year. Not even nine entire quarters into the 2017 season, Gurley already has five touchdowns (including two tonight). His first two career receiving touchdowns have come within the last five days.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Defending the run continues to be a problem for the Rams. They allowed the Redskins to rush for 229 yards on Sunday, the most this defense has given up since 2011, and then allowed the 49ers to run for 47 yards on nine carries in their first drive, which ended with Brian Hoyer getting free on the outside for a 9-yard touchdown.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The biggest critique from Sean McVay of this team so far has been the penalties. Their 15th negated the Niners' punt, extending a drive. Just can't have those.