The Los Angeles Rams are finally on their bye week. With no football in LA for at least one of the teams in town, it’s time to recap the last four games for the Rams. Heading into week nine of the season, the Rams now own a 5-3 record, after going 2-2 in the last four contests.
Los Angeles lost their first two games to division opponents in the Seattle Seahawks (30-29) and the undefeated San Francisco 49ers (20-7). Following the abysmal loss at home to San Fran, the Rams bounced back with their second set of consecutive wins against the Atlanta Falcons (37-10) and the Cincinnati Bengals (24-10).
After these first eight games of the season, LA still sits third in the NFC West behind the Niners and Seahawks, with 7-0 and 6-2 records, respectively. In the NFC Conference as a whole, they’re still a spot shy of obtaining the last wild card spot. There’s still plenty of football left to be played. However, in a city where relevance is still a factor, losing out on their potential third consecutive playoff appearance in four years would kill a lot of momentum for the fan base.
From an X’s and O’s standpoint, Rams coach Sean McVay has still found ways for the passing game to be aggressive and their money maker to produce points this season. Playing a broken record, the run game is still nowhere to be found. In their win over the Bengals, the offense posted only 98 rushing yards on only 26 carries. Running back, Todd Gurley, capped out at 44 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.
Even with wide receiver, Cooper Kupp, having a career game in London (220 receiving yards, on seven catches), quarterback Jared Goff still has some holes to fill. At this point in the season, Goff has a 44.1 QBR rating, placing him 25th in the league. Goff’s production has to be efficient and effective moving forward with the second half of the season coming up.
On a roster note, LA did obtain Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars to replace Marcus Peters, who was sent to the Baltimore Ravens. But at the end of the NFL’s trade deadline yesterday afternoon, the Rams moved cornerback Aqib Talib to the Miami Dolphins for a future draft pick. Dumping Talib’s salary will give the team the room to retain Ramsey and offer an extension after the season.
Looking ahead to the next four games, LA will travel to Pittsburgh after their bye-week. The Rams host back-to-back home games against the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens (Monday Night Football). Finally, the team will end their third quarter of the season on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.
With this type of breathing room in the schedule before facing all of their division rivals again to finish the season, LA should look to come out of this 3-1. Assuming the Ravens will give them potentially the toughest match-up, and Marcus Peters return to LA, the other three games are in their favor.