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Inspiring Defeat To New England Patriots Offers Exciting Perspective For Los Angeles Rams

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The Rams went to Gillette Stadium to take on the Pats on their own turf and nearly pulled off the victory.

Los Angeles Rams At New England Patriots
Los Angeles Rams At New England Patriots
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The Los Angeles Rams traveled to wintry Massachusetts for a tough matchup against one of the best teams in the NFL in the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots. After 60 minutes of tough-fought football, the Patriots barely escaped with the win showing the Rams’ mettle and dedication.

In fact, the Patriots tough a slight lead to halftime. In the second half, the Rams actually outscored the home advantage-boosted Patriots, 10-9. Fair to say the Rams come home having gone 1-1 against Bill Belichick’s Patriots?

I’d say so.

Injuries

CB E.J. Gaines had to leave game making way for highly touted rookie CB Michael Jordan. Gaines previously injured his quad in the preseason, so we’ll have to see how it shakes out heading into this week’s injury report including a very helpful report on Thursday.

Performance Issues

Hard to see any yesterday. The defense went on lockdown over the last thirty minutes and rookie franchise QB Jared Goff was so good in the final two minutes, you have to think that if the game were six quarters long, the Rams might well have gotten a win on the road over the vaunted Patriots.

Standings

2016 NFC West Standings - Week 13
2016 NFC West Standings - Week 13

The Los Angeles Rams raced out to a 3-1 start before getting into a groove to make sure Goff and RB Not Just Todd Gurley could operate from their comfort zone over the last two months. Now that the Seattle Seahawks have raced out to a large lead in the division likely exhausting them over this last month, the Rams can focus on the wild card chase:

2016 NFC Playoff Standings - Week 13
2016 NFC Playoff Standings - Week 13

The Rams are now in striking distance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Very Good Mascots and the Minnesota Vikings all stuck in neutral after losing this weekend. The Green Bay Packers might be the team of concern for the Rams since they’re riding a two-game winning streak, but given that they have Aaron Rodgers instead of Jared Goff at QB, I question whether they have the consistency at the position to excel in December.

Schedule

The Rams now come home to what is sure to be a welcoming crowd at the Coliseum facing the struggling NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons. Now at 7-5, the Falcons have one just one of their last three games after yesterday’s boring loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. After the Falcons matchup, they’ll head out to Seattle to face that exhausted bunch (it’s a marathon, not a sprint, dumbos) before coming home for a two-game home celebration that’s sure to be a raucous, joyous affair.