The Rams got off to a fast start to the 2017 season, scoring a league high 142 points through four weeks. Compare that to the 2016 Rams, who scored 14 points per game, and yesterday’s 10 point performance brings out all the skeptics. Sure Jared Goff did not look good for most of the day while throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble. The Rams also faced a good defense for the first time all season. Don’t think this loss Sunday is a sign of bad things to come. This year’s Rams team isn’t your typical Jeff Fisher team. Even though the Rams turned the ball over five times yesterday, they also showed a lot of fight, and almost won the game on the teams final drive with less than two minutes to play. Jared Goff might have looked confused and ineffective most of the day, but on the teams final drive he made some big time throws. If Cooper Kupp comes down with the ball in the end zone on third down we aren’t even talking about how bad the Rams were most of the day Sunday on offense. We would all be talking about Jared Goff being the next great QB in the league.
Let’s be honest though, most of Goff’s struggles Sunday can’t be completely blamed on him. McVay’s play calling went astray from running the ball and it left the team’s top playmaker, Todd Gurley, with only 16 touches for 50 yards. You could tell that yesterday’s game plan was to get Tavon Austin involved, but at the end of the day McVay’s play calling was just too cute. The Seahawks have too good of a defense to win on running so many gadget plays, sometimes the best play callers in the game get caught up and start out-smarting themselves. This was quite apparent Sunday. Additionally, the Rams top two playmakers accounted for a mere 50 yards. Who is this other playmaker you may ask? Sammy Watkins. Watkins was only targeted four times Sunday and didn’t come down with a single reception. So yes, while there are major concerns after yesterdays loss, I wouldn’t go thinking another 4-12 season is on the way. The fact that the Rams defense played well all day Sunday after really coming to life in the 2nd half last week against Dallas has to make Rams fans happy. Turning the ball over five times against a good Seattle team and having a chance to win on the games final drive has to make you look at this team as a contender. The team is young, and it will have growing pains along with Sean McVay. He is only 31 years old and is a head coach for the first time in his life. The team will grow together through the good and the bad, but if you watch this team all season I guarantee you there will be more good times than bad. The arrow is pointing up for the Rams, be ready for a wild and exciting ride. The Rams have arrived in 2017 and they aren’t going away anytime soon.