The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday. You probably already knew that. You also may have known that Puka Nacua passed the 1,000 receiving yard mark as he continues his stellar rookie campaign. It’s unfortunate that the Rams lost, but players like Nacua have to give the fan base an expectation that this team will get better at pulling out these close games. That is the hope.
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“BALTIMORE — Trailing by three points from the Baltimore Ravens’ 18-yard line with 16 seconds remaining in regulation, the Los Angeles Rams had to take a timeout because quarterback Matthew Stafford couldn’t hear the playcall in the headset.
Rams head coach Sean McVay said “there were some issues with the headsets” on Sunday, but Stafford later clarified that it’s not that the headset went out — he just couldn’t hear the call.
“I didn’t hear him good enough,” Stafford said after the Rams’ 37-31 overtime loss. “It’s my fault. I just got to hear it a little bit better. Same play actually got us kind of twice today, just hearing it through there.”
Los Angeles Rams Playoff Scenarios and Chances: How the Rams Can Inch Closer to a Postseason Berth on Sunday (profootballnetwork.com)
“The Los Angeles Rams appeared to be falling out of the playoff picture when they lost three straight games heading into their Week 10 bye. But Sean McVay’s team has since rebounded, as three consecutive victories have the Rams back at 6-6 and re-inserted LA into the postseason conversation.
With the help of PFN’s Free Playoff Predictor, let’s sort through the Rams’ playoff chances and what they can accomplish in Week 14 when facing the Baltimore Ravens.
Week 14 Update
Ravens (10-3) defeated Rams (6-7)
Vikings (7-6) defeated Raiders (5-8)
Buccaneers (6-7) defeated Falcons (6-7)
Saints (6-7) defeated Panthers (1-12)
Bears (5-8) defeated Lions (9-4)
What Are the Los Angeles Rams’ Playoff Chances Entering Week 14?
While the Rams wouldn’t be in the postseason if the season ended today, they still have a decent shot of entering the dance. ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) gives LA a 43.8% of making the playoffs.”
“Rams come up short on the road. Sean McVay’s young club battled to the wire. L.A. scored on four of its first five possessions. The Rams leaned on the ground game early, running the ball on their first nine plays of the contest. From there, Matthew Stafford made some gorgeous throws, dropping sidearm at times and threading the needle. At the start of the second half, the Rams met a sledgehammer in the Ravens D, which forced four straight punts. Stafford slung L.A. back into the lead late with chunk gains to Puka Nacua, rookie tight end Davis Allen, and capped it off with a TD toss to Demarcus Robinson. After the Ravens retook the lead with 1:16 left, Stafford again responded by making big plays, picking on Ravens corner Marlon Humphrey, including a 34-yarder to Cooper Kupp, to set up an OT-forcing field goal. But Stafford couldn’t muster a first down in OT, leading to the game-losing punt return. It’s a brutal loss for McVay’s team, which saw its young players play well in a hostile road environment. When they could have mailed it in against a playoff club, the Rams responded at every turn. Alas, the missed tackles on the final punt stung.”
“Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below: