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Perspective Flattens As Detroit Lions Cause LA Rams Flop

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After starting the season 3-1, things look much, much gloomier after a two-game losing streak.

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum
Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum
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The Los Angeles Rams are now 3-3 after a disappointing road loss to the Detroit Lions. Following an inspiring 3-1 start, things look very different heading into Week 7,

Here’s the landscape the Rams are looking at as they head to London to take on the New York Giants.

Injuries

The Rams were without CB Trumaine Johnson and DE Robert Quinn going in. The two major injuries from the game were on the defensive side as well: DT Michael Brockers and CB Lamarcus Joyner. Brockers left the game while Joyner ultimately played through the forearm injury.

We’ll have to see how things shape up on the injury report throughout the week, but the Brockers injury is certainly disquieting.

Performance Issues

How completely have things flipped in such short course?

We’re now dealing with a huge offensive output and a Case Keenum-Kenny Britt connection that is now a legitimate connection on the field. And while we continue to wait for a explosive performance from RB Just Todd Gurley, there’s obviously legit cause for optimism after Sunday.

Defensively though? Put the performance with the injuries and try to avoid worry. And consider that the Rams will be facing one of the best passing offenses in the NFL with the NY Giants in Week 7. The Giants topped 400 yards passing this weekend. Think they’re going to install some packages to go after Rams CB Troy Hill?

Standings

2016 NFC West Standings - Week 6
2016 NFC West Standings - Week 6

The Rams’ pursuit of the leading edge of the NFC West has been squandered regardless of what happens in tonight’s Arizona Cardinals-New York Jets Monday Night Football matchup.

Seattle’s now on a three-game winning streak thanks largely to a late no call on what should have been pass interference on Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. The Cards could (and probably should) pull even tonight. San Francisco is plummeting to the point they’re likely forcing some change.

We’ve got a playoff picture developing in the NFC:

2016 NFC Playoff Standings - Week 6
2016 NFC Playoff Standings - Week 6

The Rams are quickly playing themselves out of it at this rate. Like everyone in the 3-2, 3-3, 2-3 mix, the next month or so will define things. The direction the Rams are in though suggests this picture is going to sour.

We’ll have to see, though. As I mentioned on our Facebook page last night, the margins are very thin with Fisherball. Yes all other things being equal, a field goal at the end of the half for the Rams would have meant a tie game at the end. Had Todd Gurley punched in the touchdown, maybe we’re having a Victory Monday.

We’re not. And now the question is how deep this slide goes, because the outlook for perspective this week compared to two weeks ago is entirely different.