LA Rams game day downright embarassed by winless Jets

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Rams came off a 10-day break, but still fail to show up against the winless New York Jets in the first half

The LA Rams know that they had not won three games in a row all season. They also know that win or even tie, the New York Jets at home and they clinch an NFL Playoff berth. And the winless Jets, 0-13 before today’s game, risk losing the first overall draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Throw everything you thought you knew about football out the window in this one. The Rams staunch defense allow the Jets to march down the field and score a touchdown on their opening drive. After the Rams failed to move the ball on the ensuing possession, the Jets blocked a punt and used that field possession to kick a field goal.  Suddenly, the Jets were in the lead by a score of 10-0.

Abandon the run, abandon ship

As anyone with a pulse knows, the moment the Rams start to struggle, head coach Sean McVay abandons the running game and shifts to a passing offense. And so, the Jets defense was prepared to pin their ears back and harass Goff for the entire first half. If you checked the Rams play distribution, the Rams passed 20 times and ran the ball just eight times.

So the Rams one-dimensional offense became too predictable, and Jared Goff threw a gratuitous interception. The Rams defense held, but the Jets managed another field goal to take a 13-0 lead.   The Rams finally moved the ball on a hurry-up offense to get close enough to put three points on the board at the end of the half.

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The Rams are getting outmuscled, out hustled, and simply beaten in all phases of the game. Sure, some will use the tried and true ‘Goff sucks’ to process this one. But this is a complete failure so far of the Rams’ entire team.  Hopefully, the Rams will find some answers in the second half.