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LA Rams Face New Perspective With Four-Game Losing Streak

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After starting 3-1, the 2016 Los Angeles Rams are now on a four-game losing streak. Here’s the outlook coming out of Week 9.

Los Angeles Rams WR Brian Quick
Los Angeles Rams WR Brian Quick
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From 3-1 to 3-5. The 2016 Los Angeles Rams are serving up a hot platter of #Fisherball in Year 1 in Los Angeles.

Following yesterday’s 10-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, here’s what the Rams are looking at coming out of Week 9.

Injuries

The Rams continue to remain one of the healthiest teams in the league. The only notable injury yesterday was CB Lamarcus Joyner going down temporarily with an abdominal injury. He returned to the field in the second half.

The Rams went into Week 9 with just five players on the injury report. Of those five, only G Jamon Brown and WR Nelson Spruce were on the inactives on Sunday. Barring any injuries that any Rams played through on Sunday, we could be looking at a very, very thin injury report on Wednesday.

Performance Issues

I could repeat most of what I said after the perspective recap coming out of the loss in London in Week 7. Right now, I think it just suffices to point to the offense as a whole in Year 5 under Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher and paint the whole thing with a broad brush.

It is very bad. And it is hard to win football games consistently when your offense as a whole is very bad.

Standings

2016 NFC West Standings - Week 9
2016 NFC West Standings - Week 9

Seattle will take on the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football tonight. Arizona was on the bye this week. And San Francisco was doused by the New Orleans Saints yesterday.

It’s an otherwise open division were the Rams not on the back of this losing streak.

As for the conference playoff seeding, here’s how things are shaping up:

2016 NFC Playoff Standings - Week 9
2016 NFC Playoff Standings - Week 9

This is a wildly mediocre year for the NFL (cue the discussion on declining NFL ratings...). Last year after Week 8, six division leaders had at least 6 wins. This year, it’s half that many.

The playoff race is going to be nuts this year if this holds up for another week or two. Which of course means that if the Rams can turn the tide on this losing streak, there’s still going to be a path to the postseason.

No, seriously. The path to #7and9bullshit could well keep the 2016 Los Angeles Rams in the playoff mix.


Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here we are. From 3-1 to 3-5. Three of the next four on the road.

There’s a good chance we come out of November looking less than mediocre, but I’m not sure the opposite should be the goal we’re shooting for in Year 5.

And maybe that’s the problem with the perspective regarding the Rams in the first place.