LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jared Goff pbaded for 354 yards and hit Sammy Watkins and rookie Josh Reynolds for touchdowns, and the Rams Los Angeles broke the New Orleans Saints' eight-game winning streak with a 26-20 victory Sunday at a meeting of NFC division leaders.

NFL scoring leader Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals for the Rams (8-3), who won his fifth win in six games.

For the first time since 2006, this revitalized franchise is guaranteed not to end the regular season with a losing record.

Los Angeles turned in a strong defense effort against the high scoring Saints (8-3), retaining Drew Brees 246 pbading yards-only 96 in the first three quarters-and firing three times.

Alvin Kamara made an early 74-yard TD touchdown and a late TD reception for the Saints, who finally lost for the first time since Sept. 17.

A week after the rally From 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Washington in overtime, the Saints were delayed in the opening series and never reached.

New Orleans struggled to stop Goff's pbading game with his two best cornerbacks left out of injury, and the Rams methodically moved the ball to win a meeting between two of the NFL's top three scoring teams.

Goff scored 28 of 43, playing patiently against the Saints' defense in his fourth 300-yard game of the season despite the absence of top catcher Robert Woods. Rookie Cooper Kupp set his personal record with eight catches for 116 yards, and Reynolds made his first scorer in his career in the second quarter.

The Rams made two long runs that culminated in field goals in the fourth quarter, and Watkins regained the onside kick after the Saints finally cut the Los Angeles lead to a score in Kamara's TD with 1:45 left .

The Rams scored on their initial drive for the second consecutive week, with Watkins looking for a 5-yard touchdown. Los Angeles also fired Brees twice before, but the Saints adjusted and came back with Kamara.

Reynolds' capture on TD scored an 86-yard drive for Los Angeles in the second quarter. The methodical Rams beat New Orleans 250-166 in the first half and held the ball by 18:35.


Saints: starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Ken Crawley (abdomen) did not play as expected. … LT Terron Armstead injured his hamstring during the third quarter.

Rams: Linebacker Connor Barwin was ruled out shortly after halftime with an arm injury. … Woods (shoulder) missed his first game of the season.


Saints: returns home to host Carolina on Sunday in a showdown for first place in the NFC South.

Rams: A trip to Arizona on Sunday to face the Cardinals, who were beaten by the Rams in London last month.


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