The Rams took a tough loss on Sunday, falling to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 24-7. In a game that was the Rams most difficult matchup this season, the young team simply did not perform. Outside of the Rams first offensive possession, where they drove down the field beautiful and scored, the team just fell apart.
However, despite playing poorly the Rams were in the game at halftime, everything tied up at seven. Jared Goff led a nice drive on the Rams last possession before the half, but Cooper Kupp fumbled at the one-yard line.
Things really went off the rails in the second half with Nickell Robey-Coleman and Kayvon Webster knocked out by injuries. Dominique Hatfield and his fellow backup cornerbacks simply could not handle Adam Thielen, who went for over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. It did not help that the Rams pass rush could not get all the way to the quarterback, consistently creating pressure early but not finishing.
The Rams offensive line struggled throughout the game, allowing Goff to be pressured early and often. While few sacks were recorded, that is thanks in large part to Goff’s movement and awareness in the pocket. Robert Woods was yet again a very effective target for Goff, and Sammy Watkins had a solid day but failed to convert a deep shot. Aaron Donald was dominant as usual on the inside but also struggled to record a sack on Keenum.
This Rams team simply did not bring it on Sunday, but all is not lost. The Rams sit at 7-3 and will still have at least a share of the NFC West lead at the end of the week. With a tough Saints team coming up the Rams need to get their heads back on straight and come back prepared for a New Orleans team with few weaknesses.
A young team found themselves at 7-2 and on top of the world before this game, they have certainly been brought back down to Earth. Just the first of a gauntlet of tough games that are ahead for the Rams, maybe a wakeup call was what they needed. At the end of the day, they got it whether they needed it or not so they should look to make the best of it.
Los Angeles will look to get healthy and bounce back next week, proving that they are not a product of their easy early-season schedule. Keep your heads up Rams fans, this one hurts but this team is still going places. Without a doubt, Sean McVay and Wade Phillips will be hitting the film room looking to make adjustments, adjustments that will yield success.
– Andrew Kelly is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Rams and covers the Los Angeles Rams. He also writes national and fantasy content for cover32. Like and follow on Follow @Andrew_K47 Follow @cover32_LAR