The Los Angeles Rams lost their first game of the year in Week 4 after coming up short to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55-40.
When looking at how the two teams compared on paper, the Los Angeles Rams seemed like they would be in for a favorable win in Week 4 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially since the defending NFC champions were playing at home.
Instead, the Rams suffered a loss that can only be described as embarrassing to the Buccaneers after falling 55-40, dropping their record to 3-1 on the season.
One game certainly doesn’t determine how the rest of the year will go for Los Angeles, but what took place against Tampa Bay was completely unexpected.
In fact, many expected this meeting with the Buccaneers to finally be the game in which the Rams’ offense lived up to their true potential after displaying average performances for the most part over the first three games.
By losing the way they did, Los Angeles seems to be left with more questions than answers heading into a shorter week since the team has to face the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday in what should be another tough NFC West battle.
Plenty of blame deserves to go around for Los Angeles in this one, whether it involves the poor play on defense that allowed Jameis Winston to complete four touchdown passes, and nearly throw for 400 yards, or simply Sean McVay only giving Todd Gurley five carries.
But when it comes to the factors that stand out the most, it’s difficult to top the four turnovers recorded by Jared Goff since the pressure was already on the quarterback heading into Sunday.
For a player who recently signed a hefty contract extension to stick around Los Angeles for the long run, it was beyond frustrating to see Goff enter Week 4 with more turnovers (six) than touchdown passes (four) for the Rams on offense.
Despite throwing for 517 yards against the Buccaneers to go along with two touchdowns passes, the only thing Rams fans are going to remember from this loss is the four turnovers by Goff since this was already an issue before.
Whatever seems to be going on with Goff this year since the adjustments to the offensive line are part of the blame as well, the Rams quarterback better figure out a way to get out of this early slump before it hurts Los Angeles in a big way with the playoff standings.
Any quarterback would do anything to be part of an offense loaded with as many weapons as Goff is fortunate enough to work with, and when taking into consideration how these teams originally matched up, this loss to the Buccaneers hurts in a big way.