Into the abyss.
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||22.11 (9)|
|Average change from last week||-4.63|
|Highest ranking (source)||19th (CBS - Prisco)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||26th (NFL.com)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||-1 (ESPN)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||-8 (multiple sources)|
The Rams haven't thrown for 200 yards in a game since Week 1, a streak of nine straight games. The next-longest active streak without 200 yards passing? Two games (three teams).
Sure looked like Case Keenum was woozy on that final Rams drive Sunday. His head appeared to hit the turf, and next thing you know, Nick Foles was warming up on the sideline. Yet, Keenum remained in the game. Not surprisingly, the NFL is investigating this disconcerting episode. Jeff Fisher chose to stick with his new starter, who narrowly missed on a throw to Wes Welker before getting strip-sacked -- a turnover that allowed the Ravens to eventually kick the game-winning field goal.
Tuesday morning quarterbacking aside, St. Louis is now in the 4-6 morass with seemingly everyone else in the NFL.
They don't have a quarterback who can make plays. It's a shame because they have other talent that can win games.
It's hard to win games, and it's going to be hard to stay in the NFC playoff race with Case Keenum at QB.
On the Case Keenum concussion issue: The NFL has fined Cameron Heyward writing a tribute to his late father on his eye black. The league tried to suspend Tom Brady four games for being "generally aware" of something or another in deflate-gate. The league claims to take concussions seriously. Unless the NFL takes punitive action against someone — the officials whom Jeff Fisher said told the Rams trainers to leave the field after briefly questioning Keenum, the trainers, Fisher himself for being "generally aware" his quarterback had a concussion, the press box spotter, any number of people who could have done something to help Keenum but didn't — then it's hard to take the league seriously anymore when it says the concussion issue matters to them. Just saying, "Well, we'll tell teams again about our protocols" is ignoring the issue and sweeping it under the rug, which shouldn't be the case anymore.
When a team prefers a potentially concussed Case Keenum to a lucid Nick Foles, that’s not good for the team — or for Foles.
Making the switch to Case Keenum at quarterback did not provide the spark on offense the Rams were hoping for. Keenum didn’t get any help from his wide receivers, who combined for just 42 yards receiving.
The Rams’ leader in receiving yards is Kenny Britt at 341 yards. They are the only team in the league without a player with at least 400 receiving yards.