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Los Angeles Rams 10, New England Patriots 26: Overmatched

It was never going to be anything other than what it was.

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady
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The Los Angeles Rams lost to the New England Patriots today, 10-26. It was not a close game. The 2016 Patriots are a much better team than the 2016 Rams.

The reasons are myriad.

The talent level on the Rams’ offense, especially along the offensive line, is entirely insufficient to be able to operate an offensive gameplan consistently.

The physicality and aggression, let alone the quality of tutelage, lends itself to an unusually high number of penalties. Today, that didn’t manifest itself to nearly the degree it tends to. No matter.

But most overwhelmingly, the 2016 Los Angeles Rams, much like their previous versions the last four years in St. Louis, are overseen by Jeff Fisher, a master in finding ways to limit his teams to a very low level of capability and not get fired. He’s done that yet again in 2016, receiving a two-year extension that was kept not-so-secret despite building his worst offense with the team taking five years and the benefit of the RGIII trade to do as much.

Today isn’t so much about losing to the Patriots. Lots of good teams have done as much.

Today isn’t even about the manner in which they did it with a horrendous offensive output capped with a garbage time touchdown that came on the back of the Patriots’ lone defensive failing of the day.

It’s about the entirety of Fisherball. It’s about five years of it. Five years of losing. The excuses. The complete lack of accountability.

With the loss today, Jeff Fisher is one loss away from tying Dan Reeves for the most losses of all-time of any NFL head coach.

That’s not even #7and9bullshit.

It’s worse.