Still, 30 points is mighty impressive for a team led by a second-year quarterback and a first-year head coach.
Trumaine Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner both returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Rams snapped a six-game skid at the Coliseum with their most impressive effort since returning home from St. Louis past year. "Outcoached. It falls on me".
"It's a little surreal", McVay said, "but it's one game".
Whatever chance the Colts might have had to keep the game competitive early was foolishly lost thanks to Pagano.
"You never want to be taken out of the game obviously", Tolzien said.
From beginning to end, Sunday at the LA Coliseum looked like a highlight reel for the Los Angeles Rams, who started the season 1-0.
Scott Tolzien's first pass attempt was intercepted by Trumaine Johnson and returned 39 yards for a touchdown that gave the Rams a 10-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. "I'm in the National Football League and you got to go out there and you got prepare like a starter", said Brissett, who was 2 of 3 for 51 yards.
It had nothing to do with the Rams' record in their first season back in Los Angeles or the fate of his head coach.
Kupp's 76 yards were a game-high. "I should've waited. I should've let (the replay officials) take a look at that".
Special teams also didn't save any face for the Colts, as legendary Hall of Fame kicker Adam Vinatieri is either finally showing signs of age or truly had a awful kicking day-missing a 38 yard field goal early in the 3rd quarter and later an extra point. Tolzien finished 9 of 18 for 128 yards, no touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. With 4:28 left in the game the score went to 46-9. All day long, the Rams defensive front made themselves at home in their backfield, kicking up their feet and limiting Indianapolis' run game to just 75 yards. On the Colts' second drive, Marlon Mack was pushed out of bounds at the Rams' 1-yard line.
"When McVay and Coach Wade got here, they raised our accountability level, our standards, and I think guys are having fun", said Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who has dealt with numerous injuries over the last two years but started to look like his old self.
But Brissett showed more than Tolzien on a 50-yard completion to Donte Moncrief.
Then third-year running back MALCOLM BROWN got into the scoring act, when he followed his offensive linemen and his own will into the end zone from 3-yards out.