Jetlagged: LA Rams stuck in two win one loss holding pattern

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Rams game day
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Offensive offense

He ended the game by completing 22 of 34 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Rams only ran the ball 19 times, with 15 carries going to Cam Akers for 63 yards. The Jets defensive line decimated the Rams on the line of scrimmage. And the Rams offensive line, when not stepping aside and letting the Jets defensive front clean access to the Rams backfield, were deadly with their penalties.

The Rams had three huge runs by rookie running back Cam Akers called back. While two were critical to moving the chains for a first down which eventually became a Rams punt, the third was a touchdown run that would have tied the score and set up the Rams to kick the go-ahead extra point. All three were called back. All three could have changed the momentum, and the outcome, of this game.

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Offensive line regressed

While Goff was sacked three times for a loss of 20 yards, he was pressured on at least five other occasions. Frequently, Goff was not even able to look over the field before the Jets were in his face, forcing him to throw it away. Center Austin Blythe had played effectively enough in his starting role on the offensive line. But he allowed at least two sacks on Goff in this one.

Joseph Noteboom was called for holding. Austin Corbett was called for holding as well. The Rams offensive line was badly beaten throughout the first half in this game.  Things improved in the second half for two reasons. The first is the Rams switching to more two-tight end plays. The second, and likely more important, is the fact that Jets star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams left the game in the second half with a head injury.