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Los Angeles Rams: the half-way point

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Last week the Los Angeles Rams took their talents to South Beach for what was supposed to be an easy matchup against the Miami Dolphins before the bye-week as predicted last week.

That did not happen. In fact the Rams got exposed in the 28-17 loss against rookie Tua Tagovailoa in his first ever career start. The Dolphins looked to be in the right place at the right time all game.

The Dolphins scored every which way, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown and even punt return for a touchdown. Jared Goff and company couldn’t get anything going as they only scored at the start of the game and towards the end when the game was out of hand.

It really wasn’t a terrible day in terms of yards for the Rams, as they accumulated 471 yards on the day. This far outweighed the Dolphins 145 yards on the day. While Goff did not look sharp with a 65.9 quarterback rating, it was not entirely his fault. However, as the leader of the team he is getting the brunt of the blame.

With that loss behind the Rams it’s time to look ahead. They come into the bye week at 5-3. Let’s review on who is the MVP so far for the Rams. We’ll also take a further look at the rest of the season. Will the Rams continue their great play and make the playoffs? We’ll take a peek at the schedule and see what’s coming up for LA.

MVP: Aaron Donald

This isn’t new news: Aaron Donald might be the best player in the NFL. There’s really not many people that impact a game like Donald. Already, Donald has racked up nine sacks on the season, which would be his highest half season total since 2018 when he had 10 and ended up with 20.5 sacks on the year. This was supposed to be a transition year for the defense because of last years play on the field and the change in personnel.

The Rams let go of long-time defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. The Rams then went out and hired Brandon Staley as their new coordinator. This is also Staley’s first stint in the NFL as a defensive coordinator.

Even with all this, the Rams defense has been the brightest spot so far in the season. A lot of other players like Taylor Rapp and Jalen Ramsey have had a good year on the defense, but it all comes back to Aaron Donald. The all world level play from the DT keeps the Rams in games when the offense struggles.

Up next….

Now that we are at the halfway point for the Los Angeles Rams, let’s see who they face in the upcoming weeks:

  • Week 10:vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • Week 11: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Week 12: vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Week 13: @ Arizona Cardinals
  • Week 14: vs. New England Patriots
  • Week 15: vs. New York Jets
  • Week 16:@ Seattle Seahawks
  • Week 17:vs. Arizona Cardinals

Wow…thats a tough schedule to end the year. Not only do they play the rest of their NFC West opponents, they only play two teams that have a losing record.

The Rams do have a few things going for them. They are currently two games over .500 and in the playoff hunt. Another factor is the health of the team. With everyone relatively healthy by the break, the Rams are keeping their starters on the field, usually hard to do at this stage.

The Rams will have to step it up during the second half of the season, if they want to make the playoffs. Next week we will discuss their first test coming out the door with the Seattle Seahawks. Sean McVay will be tested this second half of the season, but I feel they will be up to the test.

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