Yes, the Rams defense gets a B minus through September, and not because they aren’t probably going to be better in October and over the balance of the season, but because they can give up some big yards as games against the Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers prove. Even in Week 1 in Oakland, the tight end position is an area the LA defense struggles with.
Hey, it happens.
Los Angeles has given up 13 points in Oakland, a shutout versus the Arizona Cardinals, 23 points against the Chargers, and 31 points against Minnesota.
The games against the Raiders and Cardinals are an absolute mirage. Against better talent like the Chargers and Minnesota, the Rams defense is hardly anything to get wild about.
But that will change.
The Rams are solid up front through four games, and Los Angeles as a team will be fine with a defense who has issues in its secondary. Fortunately, their schedule in October may not be one that poses any offensive juggernaut with the lone exception of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
As a unit, the Rams defense earns a grade of B minus.