Takeaway IV: Rams are 39-0 when leading at halftime since Sean McVay took over the team in 2017
Every now and then there is a statistic or streak that just defies explanation. The fact of the matter is that the LA Rams have a winning streak of 39-0 when leading at halftime since head coach Sean McVay took over the team in 2019 is quite a head-scratcher. But there it is.
That’s one helluva streak folks and one that is clearly not just some random occurrence. So what is it about this team, and this head coach, that has created the environment to generate that lopsided success?
Well, for starters, this is a pretty good indication that McVay has prepared his team incredibly well. And it’s what we’ve seen out of the LA Rams over the years. When the Rams get a good game plan going early in the football game, the offense puts up points and few NFL offenses can keep pace. However, if the defense has been able to disrupt the Rams’ initial game plan and has forced the team to improvise and rework a plan on the fly? Well, those games have not turned out well.
Perhaps that is one of the areas where newly acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford will prove his worth to the Rams? Historically, after the Rams offense had absorbed an early beating, McVay has been a bit effective at redirecting the offense with a newly scripted offensive playbook. The problem had been that by that time, the offense had already switched to survival mode. That translated into a short passing game focused on primary receivers only. Perhaps now, the offense will be able to spin on a dime a bit better?