4 Rams who did not end 2020 season on a good note
By Bret Stuter
While the LA Rams won their season finale to earn a playoff berth, these four players underperformed badly in that game
The LA Rams won the last game of the season and clinched their third playoff appearance in the four years with head coach Sean McVay. While the team definitely displayed resiliency and fortitude in winning a game while very short-handed, some players stood out in a bad way.
Making the most of opportunities on the brightest stage of the NFL is more than a cliche or a catch-phrase. It is the difference between winning a losing. Thankfully, the Rams had enough contributors to carry the team to victory. But there were some players who did not share the burden of playing well enough to win the game. Who were they?
Rams defense outscores Cards offense
So I revisited the Rams tenth win of the 2020 season to explore the in’s and out’s of the team’s good fortune. The reality is that the team’s defense carried the team. Better than any other game, the Rams defense was more than just stopping the Cardinals’ offense. The Rams defense was about scoring points. In fact, the defense put up nine points in that one, enough to win the game on their own. They scored more than the Cardinals’ offense.
Where did the Rams fail then? The Rams did move the ball, yes. But the team had plenty of opportunities to win in a big way, and failed, miserably. The final score was 18-7, but it could have been a cozy 31-70 victory had the offense delivered when the team had the ball and when it advanced into the red zone.