If you expected the LA Rams to throw a balanced attack against the Detroit Lions in the Sunday Night Football episode of the Wild Card Round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs, you are undoubtedly disappointed. If you wanted to see the Rams rattle Lions quarterback Jared Goff, and get multiple quarterback sacks or force him to throw an interception, you are likely also disappointed.
The Lions have scored three touchdowns on four offensive possessions. As a result, the Rams have passed 16 times, and rushed just seven times. The LA Rams have not gotten much production from RB Kyren Williams: Just six runs for 22 yards. The Rams have not gotten much production from WR Cooper Kupp: Just two catches of four passes for 13 yards.
The LA Rams have yet to punt in this game. The Lions have punted just once.
But the Rams only trail the Lions by a score of 21-17.
LA Rams rookie WR Puka Nacua leads the Rams offense, catching five of five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in just one half of the game.
Nothing seems to be following the script for the LA Rams as they attempt to thwart the Lions' playoff hopes to advance. But the Rams offense has somehow managed to find a way to put up two touchdowns and one field goal. They have done so thanks to Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford's first half which ended with Stafford throwing 12 of 16 for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
The Rams defense has struggled mightily in this game. The Rams seem to be unable to stop the run, struggle to defend the pass, and were only able to force a punt as time ran out in the first half thanks to a controversial offsides penalty called on the Detroit Lions.
Matthew Stafford was injured in the first half, as his throwing hand stuck a Lions' defender helmet, causing a laceration that has been treated each time Stafford has made in to the sidelines.
The Rams need to get some type of defense going in the second half. Unfortunately, with the way this game has appeared in the first half, the Rams offense may need to score 40+ points for the Rams to have any chance of winning this game.