The LA Rams need to win in Week 8, and that starts with the team getting and holding onto the lead. Well, after one half of football, the LA Rams offense has proven to be a bit imaginative, and it’s the 49ers’ offense that is so very predictable. First, let’s start with the 49ers’ predictability.
The 49ers just traded for RB Christian McCaffrey, and with WR Deebo Samuel out, you had to know that the Rams would face a steady diet of McCaffrey getting the football. And so far, of 21 49ers offensive plays, McCaffrey has been involved in over 62 percent of the offensive plays. In this one, he has rushed seven times for 24 yards, averaging no better than 3.4 yards per run. But he has been an effective receiver, catching four of five targets for 21 yards. But the most effective use of McCaffrey who threw a flea flicker 34 yards to WR Brandon Aiyuk for the 49ers’ only touchdown.
When the Rams have the football, the offense has been very effective. The Rams opened the game with the football, and that first offensive series was the worst of the day. Three downs and a punt. But over the next two offensive series, the Rams managed long offensive drives of 75 yards and 68 yards, both consuming plenty of time and ending with seven points.
The Rams have been getting plenty of use out of practice squad RB Ronnie Rivers, rushing six times for 13 yards, but also catching four of four for 15 yards as well.
Rams pass rush erupts
The latest Rams rumors have linked the team to a number of edge rushers who may be up for sale at the NFL Trade Deadline. In their final series, OLB Leonard Floyd erupted for two quarterback sacks, which were particularly important as the 49ers had an offensive drive helped by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on DB Taylor Rapp.
The Rams’ defense surrendered a huge 25-yard run to 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey to open the second half. But the Rams’ defense stiffened, and on third down and nine to go, the 49ers failed to block Aaron Donald, and 49ers QB Jimmy Garropolo ran right into the waiting Greg Gaines.
Pass rush? In this one, the LA Rams have three quarterback sacks on Jimmy Garoppolo. And the Rams hold the lead.