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How Things Look For Rams After Seahawks Win

Putting things in perspective after yesterday’s win.

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum
Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum
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The Los Angeles Rams kicked off their 2016 home campaign with a very Fisherball 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Now at 1-1 along with every other team in the NFC West, here’s how things are shaping up for the Rams as they get ready to prep for Week 3:

Injuries

The Rams have been very fortunate on this front in 2016 to this point. We’ll get any final updates from yesterday’s game at today’s day-after press conference in about five hours.

As per what the Rams were dealing with before the game, here was the final injury report:

Los Angeles Rams

Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Todd Gurley RB Rest DNP Full Full
Lamarcus Joyner CB Foot Limited Limited Full Questionable
Michael Brockers DT Thigh DNP Limited Full Questionable
Pharoh Cooper WR Shoulder DNP DNP Limited Doubtful
Nelson Spruce WR Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
E.J. Gaines CB Thigh DNP DNP DNP Out

Lamarcus Joyner and Michael Brockers both played, so we could just be looking at the injury report core trio of Pharoh Cooper, Nelson Spruce and E.J. Gaines

Performance Issues

It’s all about the offense after two weeks

  • Team yards per game: 234.0 (32nd)
  • Team passing yards per game: 1695.0 (32nd)
  • Team rushing yards per game: 64.5 (t-28th)
  • Points per game: 4.5 (32nd)

That is bad.

Given that the passing offense isn’t going to suddenly transform into something it’s not, the real fix here has to come in the ground game with reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year RB Todd Gurley. JTG is averaging less than 50 yards per game, 25th in the NFL. For a back that Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher deemed a “once in a generation” back, that’s not good enough.

Standings

As mentioned above, the NFC West is 1-1 across the board. It’s still too early to get much of a sense of how things are shaping up across the division and conference.

Schedule

The Rams now face perhaps the defining run of their 2016 schedule: a stretch of three road games out of four starting with a trip to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are coming off of a plastering at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. They’ll be a pivotal test for the Rams who travel to face that same Cardinals team in Week 4.