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Aaron Donald ripped the ball out of Matt Breida's hands to set up one touchdown. He harassed C.J. Beathard with four sacks and several other hits that helped shut down San Francisco's offense.Donald's dominance helped improve Los Angeles to 7-0 for the first time since 1985 with a 39-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and showed that the defense can play as big a role in the success as the Rams' high-powered offense."I don't think there's anybody that's been like him in the NFL Youth Jared Goff Jersey ," 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. "He's in a class of his own. At the end of the day, he's still an NFL player and our job is to block him. He was really impactful today."That's an understatement.Donald used his brute strength to set up one of Todd Gurley's three touchdowns with his fumble recovery in the first half for the Rams and got a couple of his sacks by just pushing offensive linemen into Beathard and knocking him down.After recording no sacks in his first three games following a training camp holdout, Donald now has eight in the past four games, showing why he earned that $135 million, six-year contract this summer."You feel him and he did a great job affecting and influencing the game in a variety of ways," coach Sean McVay said. "He was great against the run, did a good job of being able to get to Beathard on a handful of occasions. But, our defense overall, Aaron was a big part of that."Donald had plenty of help on defense with Cory Littleton getting two sacks and a blocked punt for a safety ; Troy Hill and John Johnson III intercepting passes; and Samson Ebukam getting an early strip sack that Trevon Young recovered."One of the best defensive performances I've been around," Rams quarterback Jared Goff said. "It seemed like every time we sat down we got back up and went on the field. ... It was just a lot of fun to watch."Here are some other takeaways from the game:GURLEY'S DAYGurley ran for 63 yards, caught four passes for 23 and had his third three-touchdown game of the season. His 14 TDs this season tie Priest Holmes (2002, '04) for the most through seven games in the Super Bowl era. His most memorable score was his last one when Goff somehow found him through traffic on a cross-field screen pass and Gurley broke a tackle from Reuben Foster and raced in for the 12-yard score ."It didn't play out quite the way we wanted it to http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-aaron-donald-jersey ," Goff said. "That's just me and him trying to make a play. He's a great player, try to get him the ball and he made it work."TURN IT OVERIt's hard to determine whether the 49ers are worse at creating turnovers or committing them. San Francisco ranks last in the league with three takeaways through seven games — tied for the fewest at this point in the season since the 1970 merger — and has committed the most with 18. The Niners have committed 14 turnovers since their last takeaway on Sept. 30 against the Chargers. Beathard has thrown seven interceptions and lost three fumbles in four starts."It's inexcusable," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "It's impossible to win in this league when you turn the ball over like we are and you when don't get any."LOOKING AHEADThe Rams barely had time to celebrate this victory before fielding questions about what comes next. Los Angeles is starting a tough four-week stretch that starts with a home game against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay next week, followed by a trip to New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints, a home game against Seattle, then a game in Mexico City against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City."I think we just have to keep building off of today's game," cornerback Troy Hill said. "It's one of those things that we've been waiting for, and so now we just have to keep on stringing it together."BREIDA'S HEALTHBreida has shown good sparks as the team's main running back with 445 yards rushing and an NFL-best 6.5 yards per carry. But the second-year back has struggled to stay healthy as he has been hampered by shoulder, knee and ankle injuries. He was limited to five carries against the Rams after rolling his ankle but might need some time off to fully heal."I tried to keep on playing," he said. "I have to be smart and not hurt my team at the same time. If I can't go out there and go 100 percent, I have to let the guys that can do it." The Big 12 conference has come to the NFL.Without a doubt, the Monday-night scoring extravaganza between the Rams and Chiefs was entertaining. It had more spectacular plays and head-spinning twists than a game of Madden or a matchup of teams from college football's defense-challenged conference.As for it being a pro football classic Greg Zuerlein Jersey , no way.And for those yearning to see a rematch in the Super Bowl, don't count on it 鈥?unless each team finds a consistent defense.Yeah, we know, there were several big defensive plays that produced points in Los Angeles' 54-51 victory, the highest-scoring Monday night contest ever and the only time two teams have each exceeded 50 points in the same game. Aaron Donald might have cemented a second straight NFL Defensive Player of the Year award with his strip-sacks of Patrick Mahomes.There were three picks, though two came when Mahomes was in desperation mode. There were four lost fumbles as each defensive line made its present felt 鈥?for a few seconds.The box score looks as long as one of Andy Reid's play sheets.What America saw was Madden 19 at its most frenetic. And that's exactly what much of the current sporting public covets. Give them receivers running free like deer in a meadow ; light shows of points on the scoreboard; announcers fawning over the action while ignoring the quality of performance; and offensive records galore.This was a home run derby with major league sluggers in a Little League park. It was a hockey shootout with NHL skaters facing amateur goalies. A dunk contest on 9-foot rims.Fantastic fun? For sure.But it can also be seen as an indictment of how the NFL 鈥?helped along by college football's evolution 鈥?has headed toward flag football.How did we get to a point where the third-highest scoring game in NFL history, chock full of flying flags (21 accepted penalties for 195 yards), terrible coverage and some overzealous coaching is labeled a masterpiece?"A couple of things are contributing," says Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. "The skills of the players on offense and the way the coaches are designing things is one. And the practice schedule that has been reduced really favors the offense now."You can't do as much work in the offseason and at training camp, and that hurts the defenses. Quarterbacks take their groups and they can get together and throw and work on their timing for two or three weeks. Defenses can't do that, so they are behind the eight ball from the outset."And the rules and officials have evolved to favor receivers and quarterbacks.It comes to fruition weekly. Consider that the NFL has had the most points scored (7 Authentic Tyler Higbee Jersey ,791), most touchdowns (895) and most touchdown passes (570) through 11 weeks in its history. The 54-51 frenzy is the punctuation mark.At least so far.Dungy and his NBC studio partner, former safety Rodney Harrison, bemoan the lack of fundamentals on defense. We saw as many examples of that on Monday night as we did tight spirals from Mahomes and Rams quarterback Jared Goff."A lot of coaches in general go over scheme so much and designing things and how you play your responsibility and all the things offensive teams can do," Dungy says. "We have lost sight of the basics, you see the poor fundamentals."Adds Harrison, one of the best tacklers and cover guys at his position:"One thing I have learned weekly and has become a lot more prevalent because of all the emphasis on the changing of the rules is that they don't teach a lot of technique in college anymore. It's all about a scheme and all these different formations and you try to trick people and do all this misdirection. Coaches spend so much time on plays they forget about teaching technique."Cornerback don't have technique, they panic when they are down the field. The ball is in the air, they don't look back, can't make a play."It was something we saw plenty of Monday night. Of course, receivers such as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods can make any defenders look bad. But when skill players are uncovered so often Youth Michael Brockers Jersey , it makes you wonder if the offense is on a power play."As old school guys, we appreciate and we respect defense," Harrison adds. "I said something (Sunday) night: If I was a general manager, I would never hire a defensive-minded coach as a head coach. The league is about scoring points and developing young quarterbacks; see Andy Reid and the Chiefs, Sean McVay and the Rams, Matt Nagy and the Bears. You have these coordinators that have a very creative mind for offense. But look at their defenses, they don't have great defenses."The league has really changed."54-51 bears witness to that. With more likely to come. 

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