Jared Goff called Cam Akers a “special talent” after the Rams running back starred against the Patriots.
The Rams ended a six-game losing streak against the Patriots with a 24-3 victory at SoFi Stadium on Thursday.
Akers, 21, led the way with 171 rushing yards, becoming the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to rush for 170-plus yards in a game, as per Stats Perform.
Goff, who finished 16 of 25 for 137 yards, a touchdown and an interception and also had a rushing TD, lauded Akers.
“Absolutely we knew that was in him. He’s shown sparks of that all year. I think you go all the way back to the Washington game, he broke one off late in the game for about 40 yards and ever since then just trying to bottle that up,” Goff told a news conference.
“I think tonight it was on full display for everyone to see what he can do. He’s a special talent, special player, humble kid, does a great job, works hard and deserves all this.”
After back-to-back wins, the Rams improved to 9-4 and sit top of the NFC West, ahead of the Seahawks (8-4), Cardinals (6-6) and 49ers (5-7).
Goff is happy with the position the Rams are in, insisting he was ignoring any critics.
“It’s our ninth win, we’re right where we want to be, everything in front of us, three big games coming up,” he said.
“I don’t think we’re very concerned with what people are thinking or saying or doing, I know I’m not, just going out there and trying to win games and do our best.”
After facing the winless Jets, the Rams have clashes against the Seahawks and Cardinals to finish the regular season.