It wasn’t the best-looking win, and the only points from both teams came via field goals. And the Los Angeles Rams have yet to score a touchdown in the 2016 NFL season. But even if the score looked ugly, a win is a win, and a return to L.A. is a return to L.A., as the Rams eked out a 9-3 victory against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.

Rams rely on defense, three FGs from kicker Zuerlein

When the Rams played the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, that game turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, as the host 49ers trampled the Rams to the tune of 28-0, with quarterback Case Keenum struggling mightily.

This time around, Keenum played solidly, completing 18 of 30 passes for 239 yards, with no touchdown passes or interceptions. But the Rams still struggled on offense, as Todd Gurley racked up only 51 yards on 19 attempts, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry.

Still, it was the Rams’ defense that helped them survive, as it held the Seahawks down to only three points, as Russell Wilson, despite a decent 84.7 QB rating, was clearly bothered by both an ankle sprain and the L.A. defense. Kicker Greg Zuerlein also delivered when called to the task, scoring three field goals to give Los Angeles their only points of the game.

Crucial fumble recovery saves the day for L.A.

Although 9-3 isn’t exactly the kind of final score that evokes a classic game, the Rams’ first game in Los Angeles since the 1994 season did have its share of tense moments.

Seahawks QB Wilson appeared ready to pull off yet another comeback win, connecting with Tyler Lockett for a 53-yard pass late in the final quarter. But the Rams saved the day with less than a minute left, as linebacker Alec Ogletree tackled Seattle running back Christine Michael, and picked up his fumble to save the win.

Rams still have myriad problems to address

With Sunday night’s victory giving the Rams a 1-1 record, the Rams are still far from a perfect team. They’re just as inconsistent as they were in their final season in St. Louis, having followed up a terrible game against the middling 49ers with a commendable performance against the powerhouse Seahawks.

Keenum still doesn’t look like the answer at quarterback, and it remains to be seen whether 2016 top pick Jared Goff will be the next Peyton Manning, the next JaMarcus Russell, or somewhere in between. There’s also Gurley, last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, who’s had two straight subpar games to kick this season off. As of now, head coach Jeff Fisher has a lot to iron out, but if it’s any consolation, the Rams did do their home crowd good by winning their big return game.

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