Early blunders. Turnovers. Missed opportunities.
The Los Angeles Rams fell 55-40 in part to the reasons mentioned above.
The defense was not able to find an answer for Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin. Early blunders. Rams QB Jared Goff could not hold onto the ball — throwing three interceptions and a fumble. Turnovers. The continued misconnection between Goff and open receivers. Missed opportunities.
Let’s look back at the five Rams I had picked out and how they fared:
LT Andrew Whitworth/RT Rob Havenstein
The Rams’ offensive line was been up and down in recent weeks with all the new, young starters. The tackle duo of Big Whit’ and Big Hav’ did struggled all day against the Bucs’ defensive front. It was not just the two tackles — the entire offensive line was in shambles. Too many penalties. Too many flushed pockets. The only surprise was that Joey didn’t give them an F in his report card.
CB Marcus Peters/Aqib Talib
The Rams’ secondary had one of its toughest matchups in recent weeks and the results were not very pleasant. Mike Evans torched the Rams’ D for a 67-yard TD (4 catches, 89 yards overall). Chris Godwin had himself a field day — racking up 172 yards on 12 catches, along with two scores.
The corners consistently did not have an attacking plan for the wideouts.
RB Malcolm Brown
Ya cannot really put too much of a burden on any player. the Rams ruuning game was complete booty-juice-ass-water against Tampa Bay. the grand total rushing yards for the game was 28. Let me repeat that again, TWENTY-EIGHT rushing yards for the game. That is unacceptable.
WR Brandin Cooks
Its a pick-your-poison situation with this receiving group. Cooks played well, 71 yards on six catches. However, it was his running mates Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp that received alll the spoils. Woods went ballistic — garnering 164 yards on 13 catches — while Coop’ continued playing like a No. 1 receiver, hauling in nine recepions for 121 yards and a TD. For all the production created by the wide receivers. it simply did not suffice against a Bucs team that smelled blood in the waters.
ILB Cory Littleton
It was a poor showing from the entire defense — Cory Littleton included. TB’s Ronald Jones gained 70 yards and a TD. Fellow RB Peyton Barber tallied in another score and 19 yards. The TEs — O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate — racked up a combined six catches, 69 yards and a touchdown.