Another week turned into another divisional loss, except this one might’ve been the worst performance of the entire year. The Los Angeles Rams lost their third consecutive game, this time to the San Francisco 49ers. The game represented a new low for the Rams, mustering only seven points in the contest, and never truly looking like the team everyone expected coming into the season.
Let’s take a look at the stock report:
Outside of a dominant first drive, the entire offensive line was horrendous. Quarterback Jared Goff was sacked four times, pressured countless others, and the offensive line allowed seven tackles for losses in the running game. The OL as a whole had a putrid performance, not allowing any routes to develop downfield, and ultimately stifling the entire offense.
QB Jared Goff
If the offensive line was terrible, Jared Goff was very bad. Goff wasn’t given much of a chance to succeed, though he did the team no favors as his turnover-riddled season continued with another two fumbles, one of which was lost. Goff had a pathetic 78 yards passing, and missed tight end Gerald Everett wide open down the right sideline near the end of the game.
EDGE Dante Fowler Jr.
Not only did Dante Fowler Jr. get blanked defensively, he actually helped the Niners by jumping offsides a whopping three times. Fowler — and Samson Ebukam — had the pleasure of facing two backup offensive tackles, and came away with absolutely 0 impact as pass rushers.
The coaching staff seemed in over its head. Outside of a strong first drive on offense, the remainder of the game consisted of one collapsed drive after the next. Defensively, the Rams were average, but weren’t tested very often. Still, the Niners had too much ease moving the ball, particularly in the 3rd quarter.
RB Malcolm Brown
Malcolm Brown looked like he was off to a career day after the first offensive drive, yet the Rams hardly fed him afterwards. Brown finished the day with 11 rushing attempts for 40 yards (3.6 YPC). Brown was subbed in favor of rookie running back Darrell Henderson for majority of the contest, a questionable move, because Brown was very productive on his minimal touches.
CB Troy Hill
Troy Hill started the game for the inactive Aqib Talib, and turned in arguably one of the best performances on defense. Hill had a crucial tackle in the redzone on wide receiver Deebo Samuel, which saved a touchdown. Hill also had a pass deflection.
DT Aaron Donald
The dominant defensive tackle put forth a classic Aaron Donald performance, registering seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss, and one forced fumble. Donald was the only defensive lineman who made any impact, proving once again his running mates are not performing as desired.
ILB Cory Littleton
Leading the game with 14 combined tackles, Cory Littleton made his presence known early and often. Littleton nearly had a pick-six on a pass that he jumped in front of, though he couldn’t secure the catch. Littleton also had a fumble recovery which he scooped and pitched to cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, setting the offense up in prime position to score — which they didn’t do.