Well, it sure as hell hasn’t been pretty football.
For the Rams’ offense, it’s been ugly. The offensive line hasn’t opened much for a ground game that featured as much from RB Malcolm Brown as it did from RB Todd Gurley (who is NOT on a pitch count per Head Coach Sean McVay mind you...). Top that off with QB Jared Goff looking quite discombobulated, and you’ve got a Rams team with 112 total yards on 33 plays. Lots to work on.
On the defensive side, the real story is the two turnovers. A fumble early on punched out by LB Cory Littleton and a bungled screen from QB Cam Newton gifted the Rams the ball, the latter of which set them up in the end zone for the game’s only touchdown. Were it not for McVay’s aggressive timeout usage at the end of the half, Carolina would be coming out for the second half with 0 points at home.
I won’t directly tie the performance to the lack of reps in the preseason, but this absolutely is sloppy football from both teams.
Let’s see if the Rams can grit this one out.