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Week 6 Recap Reaction: Managing Expectations

The Rams lose another one despite Case Keenum’s great game.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
“Get back to .500”
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Another season. Another week. Another way to get to .500. 3-3.

After losing an “excused” game from last week against the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Rams started another streak falling to the Detroit Lions, 28-31.

Despite the return of DT Michael Brockers and DE Williams Hayes, the Rams had their worst defensive effort of the season. CB Trumaine Johnson was out for the game, allowing the Lions and QB Matt Stafford to aggressively go after CB Troy Hill for the majority of the game.

With each passing week, literally nothing surprises me anymore regarding Jeff Fisher. One literally can’t even guess what the heck he will do. Fisher probably doesn’t even know himself. Leaving a chip shot field goal at the end of the half in a game when you lose by three is hard to swallow. The Rams also wasted perhaps one of the best offensive games of the Jeff Fisher era. Case Keenum had a career game, at one point being 26/28 passing with 300+ yards and 3 TD’s to 0 INT’s (speaking of waste).

In addition to running “hot and cold” on the conservative/aggressive scale, penalties are still hurting this team. The Rams had eight accepted penalties in yesterday’s contest, including a defensive holding on 3rd and long. Does it take five full years to become an “average” penalized team?

Last but not least, what the heck is this Rams team doing during the kneel down? Losing has already been accepted by those who support Jeff Fisher blindly, but being classless is unacceptable. When a team takes a knee, the offensive team tells the refs who relay to the defense that they are doing so. The refs warn players to take it easy and that has been an accepted practice at virtually every level of football. The last NFL coach to do this kind of deed in a regular season game got fired not too long after that.

If only Rams Nation could be so lucky for the same result.