Rams running back Todd Gurley scores a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday.(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (18) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half.(Tim Ireland / Associated Press)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff, middle, is smacked by Arizona Cardinals’ Antoine Bethea, right, and Tyvon Branch while running in for a touchdown in the first half.(Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) forces his way into the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half.(Tim Ireland / Associated Press)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates with offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (79) after Goff scored a touchdown against Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tyvon Branch (27) during the first half.(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
The Arizona Cardinals’ Josh Bynes, left, breaks up a pass to the Rams’ Cooper Kupp in the end zone during first half action in London on Sunday.(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
Arizona’s Brittain Golden (10) fights for the pass with the Rams’ Kavon Webster.(Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images)
Rams’ Tavon Austin (11) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals.(Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images)
Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Cardinals in London.(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (36) during the first half.(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
Rams running back Todd Gurley holds off Cardinals inside linebacker Deone Bucannon during second half action.(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
What we learned in the Rams’ 33-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals:
Sean McVay made a good call on the travel itinerary
The Rams’ first-year coach decided that it would be best to remain in Jacksonville, rather than traveling directly to London, after the Rams played the Jaguars.
The players said throughout the week that they preferred remaining stateside before making a relatively short trip to England on Thursday.
Whether there was a correlation to their performance against the Cardinals is debatable, but there is no arguing the result.
McVay still needs work managing timeouts
McVay indicated that one of his assignments during the bye week was to review and be critical of his use of timeouts.
In the first half, he burned all of them by early in the second quarter, preventing him from possibly challenging an officials’ call that appeared to be wrong.
Fans will be watching closely when the Rams play their next game against the New York Giants.
During player introductions before the game, the offensive line comes out in a group rather than individually. They are functioning well as a unit.
Todd Gurley rushed for more than 100 yards for the fourth time in five games, back-up Malcolm Brown rushed for 48 yards in 11 carries and quarterback Jared Goff seemed to have an abundance of time and was sacked only once.
Tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein, guards Rodger Saffold and Jamon Brown have remained physically sound. Center John Sullivan has had a few issues, but Austin Blythe stepped in once again and played well.
Third-down efficiency improved
A week after converting only four of 13 third downs against Jacksonville, the Rams were 13 of 19 against the Cardinals.
Quarterback Jared Goff completed multiple passes for first downs in third-down situations.
The Rams also improved their efficiency from inside the 20-yard line, scoring three touchdowns in six visits to the red zone.
Joyner played for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 3 against San Francisco, and he intercepted a pass.
Joyner started at safety and picked off a pass thrown by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. Linebacker Alec Ogletree helped cause the turnover when he hit Palmer, who suffered a broken bone in his non-throwing arm on the play.
Joyner’s interception was his second of the season. He returned an interception for a touchdown in the opener against Indianapolis.
Mark Barron is tough
Barron did not practice most of the week because of a thumb injury. When he did, his left hand was in a cast.
But Barron started at inside linebacker and intercepted a pass by Drew Stanton. He also broke up a pass.
Barron should benefit from the bye week before playing the Giants in two weeks.
The Rams can stop the run
Since the second half of a Week 4 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the Rams have shut down opponent’s running game.
Yes, they did give up a 75-yard touchdown run to Leonard Fournette on the first play against Jacksonville. But they controlled him the rest of the way.
A week after Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, the Rams limited the future Hall of Famer to 21 yards in 11 carries.