Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald says Matthew Stafford is "playing lights out" but they expect him to play at a even higher level. Stafford's off to a great start to his stint with the Rams, leading the team from Los Angeles to a 3-0 record.
Stafford balled out against the defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for 343 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-24 win. "He's playing lights out," Donald said. "That's why he's here; we expect that from him.
And I know he's going to continue doing what he's doing and even at a higher level." Brady was under consistent pressure by the Rams' pass rush and he was sacked three times. "It's just a good defense," said Brady, who has been pressured on a league-low 17.8% of his dropbacks since arriving last season in Tampa but saw a pass rush on Sunday that pressured him 27% of the time.
"They have good pass-rush schemes, they have good pass-rushers, they mix things up quite a bit on you, so it's hard to really just to tee off."
Donald aims a Super Bowl appearance
"It's only three games, still got a long season, but obviously that's the ultimate goal, that's what we're chasing," said Donald, who recorded his first sack against Brady in four meetings.
"That's the only thing I'm chasing." Stafford put up an outstanding performance against the Buccaneers. "He pushes it down the field so easily," Bucs coach Bruce Arians said about Stafford. "You're right up in his face one time, he finds a guy wide open down the field and gets it to him.
A lot of guys, they see it but they can't get it to him. He's a special player." 7 In the opening drive of the second half, Stafford found DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. "It electrified the stands, the fans, the whole team," Jackson said.
After 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Stafford wanted a change. The Rams were on top of Stafford's preffered list and he ended up in Los Angeles. "I was the new guy coming in and they've embraced me, which was awesome," said Stafford, who played 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions and was acquired via a blockbuster offseason trade.
"I'm just trying to be myself every single day, bring my best every single day and see where that takes us."