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Week 12 loss for Los Angeles Rams drops perspective outlook

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Here’s how things look after the blowout.

The Los Angeles Rams look on during the final moments of their Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Nov. 25, 2019.
The Los Angeles Rams look on during the final moments of their Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Nov. 25, 2019.
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The Los Angeles Rams were blown out by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, 6-45.

The makes a postseason appearance extremely unlikely given the state of the NFC standings. So here’s the perspective for things moving ahead:

Injuries

I don’t think the Rams added anything major, but we’ll have to see if anything pops up on the initial injury report tomorrow for the Rams’ Week 13 road matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. With WR Robert Woods and WR Brandin Cooks back, the only major absence remaining is RT Rob Havenstein. The Rams have a tough decision to make with Big Rob if he’s healthy enough to go next weekend.

Performance Issues

Yeah, too many to list here. And not worth it, TBH. The bottom line is that the Rams have to win out to have a shot at the postseason and the offense has to get better for that to happen. And that’s everyone involved including Head Coach Sean McVay and QB Jared Goff primarily.

And obviously, that has to start next week.

Standings

We’re getting toward mathematical finality now. The San Francisco 49ers can clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a win if we tie or lose against the Cards or if the Niners tie and we lose.

We’re still 10 teams deep in the playoff picture. The 4-6 Chicago Bears avoided practical elimination with their five-point win over the New York Giants. Next week though, we have to cut the five-win teams except maybe the Philadelphia Eagles who would still be within reach of the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title.

The Rams’ hopes really rely on either the Green Bay Packers or Minnesota Vikings falling off and opening a lane for a wild cart spot if the Rams can win out.

Not the most enjoyable perspective heading into December, but at 6-5 and coming off a shellacking like last night it was never going to be.