Through the first five weeks of the season, the Los Angeles Rams saw the entire NFC East and the very surprising Buffalo Bills . Through all of that the Los Angeles Rams have started 4-1 and are second in their division. This week they faced their in state rivals in the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers have had some bad luck through the start of the season , but have a modest 2-3 record through all of it. Unfortunately, the Rams could not continue their hot streak going into the bay and eventually fell to the 49ers in prime time. The Rams never led in the game, and for this loss we will go back to the old format, so buckle up and find out why the Rams fell short.
Ahh friends… they can be with you during the great times and sometimes cause some of the bad moments. Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay go way back to their days on the Washington coaching staff. Both are relatively young and followed the same path to becoming head coaches of their respective teams. This was a battle of two great minds.
McVay has been known to run a high octane and fast offense in his game plan and the run game is important to establish this. This puts the defense in great situations while playing with the lead. Having the lead as the defense gives more range and creativeness in order to execute schemes without being conservative. The bad thing about McVay’s tactics is that Shanahan knew what was coming.
The run game was minimized for the most part Sunday night. Darrell Henderson ran for 88 yards and led the team, but it took him 14 carries to do so. The Rams couldn’t execute anything early on. Shanahan knew neutralizing this run game would alter any plan McVay had.
The 49ers began their attack early and did not let up. Jimmy Garoppolo had a hell of a game, throwing for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Fantasy owners that started him enjoyed a 23 point game from the up and down QB. On the other hand…
Jared Goff and the Rams system were exposed. Shanahan limited the running game and forced Goff into situations he wasn’t going to thrive in. Goff ended the day with 198 yards through the air with two touchdowns and an interception. Not spectacular but with that performance he became officially an average quarterback this year…in fantasy terms.
This was Goff’s third performance of the year in the teens . He scored 20+ points in the other three. The next and most essential part of his growth is to now work with Sean McVay to adapt when the scheme isn’t working.
Sean McVay got out-coached in this matchup; plain and simple. He will have to learn from this as they play the 49ers down the line at the end of November. So far through six games a lot of questions coming in to the season have been answered. However, it remains to be seen if the Rams can compete against teams other than the NFC East.
Next week Khalil Mack and the Bears come into town. The Bears have been surprisingly frisky this year and McVay will have to dust the Rams off and get ready for another test.