While the net turnovers for the LA Rams in the past three games has been 0, the Rams have dramatically improved in coughing up the football lately. Turnovers, perhaps as much as injuries, have a tremendous impact on the outcome of games. How so?
Teams that have a positive net turnover over the course of an NFL season can struggle on offense, can struggle on defense, and yet still win games. Many of the best teams in the NFL have strong net turnover numbers. Likewise, teams that turn the football over often lose games, despite heroics on offense or defense.
Right now, the LA Rams have a net turnover factor of (-2). But that is the same net turnover number that the Rams had heading into their BYE week So how can that be a contributing factor?
Rams have improved at turnovers
Let's review the Rams turnovers after Week 10. In Week 11, LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford did throw an interception. The pass was a deep pass that was picked off at the Seattle Seahawks 20-yard line. Fortunately, the Rams defense held and forced the Seahawks to punt. No damage.
The following week, with time running out against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half, Stafford once again threw an interception. This time the Cardinals took over at their 48-yard line, But with only 15 seconds left on the clock, the Rams were able to hold the Cardinals scoreless.
Conversely, the Rams picked off Seahawks QB Geno Smith, and turned the football over to the offense at the LA Rams 21-yard line. The Rams were able to drive the football 75 yards in 14 plays to set the team up for the game winning field goal.
Against the Cleveland Browns, the Rams intercepted Browns quarterback Joe Flacco at the Rams 34-yard line, with just a one point lead and the Browns trying to rally. DB John Johnson III returned the interception 42 yards, to the Browns 24-yard line. The Rams scored a TD in five plays. That touchdown led to the Rams to an eight point lead, that grew to a 17-point margin of victory.
While Matthew Stafford has thrown nine interceptions this season, no LA Rams running back has fumbled the football this year. And so it falls to reason that greater use of the Rams running game happens, the more secure the Rams' offense becomes with turnovers.
In the end, everything bit of the Rams energy and effort is beginning to blend into a wonderful symphony of success. And it's all coming together at just the right time of the season.