The matchup against the Miami Dolphins could have been seen in two different lights. Either it was viewed as a “layup” game against a rookie quarterback in his first career start or it was a “trap” game where if the LA Rams didn’t take them seriously enough, it could potentially end in disaster.
I’m going to assume most would have put money on the former.
Somehow, some way, the Dolphins got the best of the Rams on Sunday morning with a huge effort by the defense and special teams, which scored two of their four combined touchdowns. They certainly didn’t lose to Tua Tagovailoa all by himself as he completed just 12 of his 22 passes for 93 yards and a score.
CBS Sports John Breech, as he does every week, gave out letter grades for each team’s performance on Sunday. he couldn’t have been harsher on the Rams as he gave them a fat “F” for their effort against Miami.
“Sitting at 5-2, maybe the Rams were overconfident, but they shouldn’t have been — for a couple reasons. The first is because despite their impressive record, they’re in third place in the loaded NFC West and couldn’t afford to drop one in Week 8. The second is, well, the Dolphins are 3-3 on the season and have shown they have a defense that can get after the quarterback, and a secondary that can delete multiple receivers. The Rams found this out the hard way, and their demise at Hard Rock Stadium was largely accountable to how disturbingly bad Jared Goff was. Four turnovers in the first half alone helped bury the Rams, and they couldn’t come back from the dead once the coffin door slammed shut in the second quarter.”
The Rams needed this win in a bad way so they could get ahead as much as possible before facing a tough gauntlet over the next four weeks with matchups against Seattle (6-1), Tampa Bay (5-2), San Francisco (4-4), and Arizona (5-2).
Now for today’s links.
Comments from the podium following Sunday’s loss (TheRams.com)
Rams Game Recap (TheRams.com)
Bret Stuter highlights the play-calling by Sean McVay against Miami (Ramblin’ Fan)
Sean McVay is shouldering the blame for the loss to Miami (The Rams Wire)
John Breech offers letter grades for each team’s performance on Sunday (CBS Sports)
Chris Roling predicts the NFL’s playoff race (Bleacher Report)