LA Rams OL injuries are reaching critical mass right now

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Rams have lost starting right guard and backup center Coleman Shelton in this one. The Rams had already lost starting center Brian Allen, backup right guard Tremayne Anchrum, and starting left guard David Edwards for this one. So the LA Rams are no longer just running out of starting-caliber offensive linemen in just their fourth week of NFL competition.

The Rams are beginning to run out of healthy offensive linemen in just four games. Shades of 2019?  Unfortunately, it’s beginning to feel like that right now.

Thankfully, the Rams appear to have found a solid offensive lineman in right guard Alaric Jackson, and so far the biggest rushing plays in this contest have come in that direction. But with the Rams playing two first-string offensive tackles, but arguably third-string across their entire interior offensive line, you have to wonder how long can this group block a formidable San Francisco 49ers defensive front.

So far in this game, the LA Rams are trading field goals for touchdowns. The last offensive series for the Rams stalled on the 49ers’ 11-yard line.  But for the second time in this one, the San Francisco 49ers responded after an LA Rams field goal by putting up a huge play. In this series, the 49ers scored on a 57-yard touchdown pass to WR Deebo Samuel. The pass was a short forward pass, but the LA Rams defensive backs got tangled up in traffic, took bad angles, and Samuel was off to the races.

The Rams appear to be outgunned in this one. QB Matthew Stafford has been sacked three times in the first half for a loss of 30 yards. In 19 forward passes, the Rams have thrown to Cooper Kupp 10 times, Tyler Higbee five times, and all others just four times.

In this one, the Rams have rushed 11 times for 44 yards, but most of those yards appeared to come by running behind right guard Alaric Jackson and to some extent right tackle Rob Haventstein.

It’s halftime in this one. So far this season, the LA Rams have played horrendously in the second half.  Of course, that may not matter. We are at halftime in this one. With the exception of just two bad plays, the LA Rams would be in this one. But with injuries piling up as fast as 49ers points on the scoreboard, the Rams have dug a hole that I am doubtful the Rams can dig themselves out of.

At Halftime

51. 14. 42. . 6

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