Rams flip the script as defense, special teams dominate in win at Jacksonville

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The Los Angeles Rams needed heroics from their special teams in beating Jacksonville 27-17. A luxury they wont always have.

The Los Angeles Rams are now 3-0 on the road, winning in San Francisco, Dallas, and now in Jacksonville. A win next week against the Arizona Cardinals in London wouldn’t count as a fourth, as that is actually a Rams home game.

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Thanks Stan Kroenke.

With LA leaving Jacksonville with a 27-17 win, the Rams move to 4-2 on the 2017 season, but after today’s performance against the Jags, all isn’t well with Los Angeles.

Against the Seattle Seahawks and Jaguars, the Rams offense has scored 14 points.

Two touchdowns. That’s it.

Today, LA was fortunate that its special teams were able to score two TD’s, and Greg Zuerlein to kick two field goals in securing the win.

The Rams won’t always have such a luxury.

Clearly, Los Angeles has faced two solid defenses in Seattle and Jacksonville. And while today looked like it might be a high scoring affair, once the first quarter expired, it was both the Rams and Jacksonville defenses that effectively shut down both offenses.

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Head coach Sean McVay needs to find some answers. While Jared Goff isn’t necessarily stalled, his touch on the deep ball was off, and his timing looks to be amiss.

Goff is 13 games into his NFL career as a starter for the Los Angeles Rams. But in the last two weeks, he’s certainly come back to earth as most NFL watchers had predicted. Take away the Pharoh Cooper return and the blocked punt return by Malcolm Brown, and LA is 3-3 heading to London.

Optimism with the Rams sitting at 4-2 looks and feels much better than 3-3. But if Goff can’t find his touch throwing the football, 4-2 will be difficult to improve upon if this team is always needing 14 points form special teams or Zuerlein not missing any field goal.

Strap in fans, it might get bumpy from here.