As predictable as a rising and setting sun, the Los Angeles Rams lost to the playoff bound Seattle Seahawks 24-3. In another game where downward trends are absolutely absolute, the Rams continue to excel at the nuances of bad football. Last night was an exercise of the bizarre. Less about winning a game, and more about new ways to lose.
Prognosticators leading up to the game were worrisome of L.A. having the Seahawks’ number. But for anyone who’s watched this team go from pretender at 3-1 to unmitigated disaster at 4-10, ignore the not to subtle digression of this organization. The dysfunction has simply trickled down. And last night the team authored another chapter in a season lost.
First, we need to stop grading the progress, or lack thereof, of rookie quarterback Jared Goff. The Rams have made his rookie season irrelevant, an absolute throwaway. Goff had another disinteresting night going 13 of 25 for 135 yards. Ironically, as pedestrian as he looked and statistically was, the late sighting of Case Keenum served a stark reminder of three things:
How bad Case Keenum is.
How much better Jared Goff can be.
And how when combined, the state of quarterback in Los Angeles appears dreadful.
An absolute fail.
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Seattle, who was hardly impressive, by in large toyed with the Rams. It was like an arranged play date with the popular good looking kid, and the awkward ‘square’ still wearing denim shorts and loafers who plays recorder in the band.
Meanwhile, interim head coach John Fassel was content pulling the levers on whatever might work. Like going for it on 4th and whatever, or a fake punt with the league’s best punter. Because when you’re the Rams, it’s what you do?
Such is the state of the Rams on December 15, 2016.
Perhaps fittingly, Los Angeles played another game of bad football on what most resoundingly believe is a BAD NIGHT for NFL football.
That may be the only thing worth taking away from the Rams on Thursday evening in Seattle.
Bad begets bad.
Another point most can agree on.