And for the Rams, much like the NFL writ large, there’s very little set in stone to this point.
The Rams are now 3-2 after the tough loss in Week 5 to the Seattle Seahawks by a single point as K Greg Zuerlein’s kick sailed just beyond the extended upright. That leaves the Rams among the 18 teams with a winning record with just two undefeated: the 5-0 New England Patriots and the 3-0 San Francisco 49ers. Of course the asterisk here is that the Niners take on the 2-2 Cleveland Browns tonight on Monday Night Football, a game with massive implications for the Rams and the NFC West. The Rams are thick in the middle of the NFL right now with most teams as we head toward the thirdpole.
And that’s just fine.
A year ago, the Pats started 3-2. Not sure I need to remind you how their season ended. The year prior, the Pats also jumped out to 3-2; they lost Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles who were 4-1 after five weeks.
So the Rams aren’t in horrible shape. Had Zuerlein nailed the kick, they’d be pretty much in fantastic circumstances.
The real key is figuring things out moving forward as the NFL as a whole does the same. We can start at quarterback.
Not sure how you could rank quarterback play in the NFL this year.— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) October 6, 2019
It's Pat Mahomes, Russell Wilson and like 20 guys all clumped together of confusing inconsistency.
I tweeted that out last evening before the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as a hobbled QB Pat Mahomes had, and especially for him, a pedestrian performance with just one touchdown. And that’s a fair representation of where things stand across the league at the most important position which is perhaps a fine piece of evidence as why so many teams are so inconsistent.
Take the most recent NFL.com QB index ranking. And go beyond Pats QB Tom Brady who was ranked third before destroying a soft Washington First Head Coach Firers’ secondary a week after going 18/39 for no touchdowns and a pick against the Buffalo Bills. Who was fourth? Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz who played the New York Jets this week going 17/29 for 189 yards with a touchdown and no picks. That’s the fourth-best QB? On a 3-2 team? Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is fifth, and I think we can all get behind that. But Los Angeles Chargers RB Philip Rivers came in at #6. Yesterday, the Bolts lost at home to the Denver Broncos who were up until that point winless. Rivers’ day? A busy mess going 32/48 for 0 touchdowns with two picks.
The NFL’s a bit of a mess. The Rams’ season has been too between QB Jared Goff’s inconsistency to RB Todd Gurley’s up-and-down usage to the offensive line to the defense as a whole.
So don’t fret. Don’t panic. We’re above .500 with the Rams’ best football yet to come.
Should we lose in Week 6 to the Niners? Sure. At that point, our backs are up against the wall, and the Rams would need to immediately turn things around. But a win on Sunday keeps the Rams comfortably above the fray as the NFL continues to sort itself out throughout October.
And if the Rams do that themselves, we’ll be just fine.