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St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Perspective On Dwindling Success Margins As Rams Fall To 1-2

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After a season opening victory, the Rams have dropped their last two games. What's the outlook at 1-2?

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The 2015 St. Louis Rams are struggling out of the gate as per the usual course under Head Coach Jeff Fisher. After yesterday's 6-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Rams are now 1-2, as they have been every year after three games in Fisher's tenure.

Injuries

The Rams didn't suffer much yesterday, though the Ben Roethlisberger injury is generating enough headlines for the game in general. In all, the Rams are looking pretty lucky on the injury front with Todd Gurley making his debut yesterday leaving just CB E.J. Gaines (out for the season with a Lisfranc injury), DE Eugene Sims (still dealing with a knee injury) and special teams ace Chase Reynolds (also still dealing with a knee injury) as the long-term injury notables.

Performance Issues

Ya think? The offense is stagnant. We'll have more on this this week so I won't go too deep into it here, but suffice to say we have to get more out of the offense. We have to get more in the rushing game. We have to do better than 2 for 10 in third downs (let alone 0 for 2 in fourth downs). We HAVE to score points.

Standings

Things are starting to take shape now with the Arizona Cardinals out front at 3-0 and the three other members of the NFC West back at 1-2. It's still too early to look at the wild card race with nine teams at either 2-1 or 1-2, but obviously the Rams would have done themselves a world of good to be a member of the former.

Schedule

Things are looking dicey with the back-to-back losses now. The Rams will travel to Arizona and Green Bay for their next two before the Week 6 bye. It's not out of the question to drop both of those on the road as well, and to be sitting 1-4 going into your bye...it's very Jeff Fisher, but it's certainly not a welcome pathway to the postseason. Things look better after the bye, but these next two weeks will certainly be consequential.