A look around the NFC West after Week 5 and where the Rams rank

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 08: Quarterback Jared Goff
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 08: Quarterback Jared Goff /

When the clock struck zero at the Coliseum, the Los Angeles Rams had squandered a huge opportunity. LA lost a very winnable game against NFC West division foe Seattle, 16-10 and with that, some media swag they’d began to accumulate.

Los Angeles gave up five turnovers and yet, still had a chance to win it in the end. On a day they played their worst game, the Rams STILL were in it with a chance to win in the end.

So, is it a glass half full, or a glass half empty?

As with most things, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle. But on a day where they had a second opportunity to make a statement to fans, the Seahawks, and a skeptical NFL media, they laid an egg and left a lot of questions for all to wonder about.

Let’s put a few things to rest. Specifically about Jared Goff. He did not regress, nor did Todd Gurley revert to last season. Over 16 games, these games happen. There is no need to question the coaching acumen of Sean McVay or the leg of Greg Zuerlein.

They played a bad game. Plain and simple.

So, Seattle is 2-0 in the division, while their primary challenger LA, is now 1-1.

Whether that holds up remains to be seen. But regardless of whether you’re a glass half full of glass half empty, five games in, the Rams remain a team trending up. Whether it is ultimately enough to  overtake Seattle won’t be known for quite some time.