Have the Rams Been Exposed?

In the last eight days the Los Angeles Rams have lost more games than they did in the entire first 13 weeks of the NFL season.

While great teams can hit speed bumps along the way the real concern is how the Rams have been completely outplayed in the last two weeks.

First was a Sunday night 15-6 loss to the Bears in frigid Chicago where the Bears defense smothered he Rams and the highest paid defender in the league Aaron Donald went MIA.

Sunday night’s upset loss at home to the injury riddled Philadelphia Eagles was especially concerning as they looked completely overmatched in a 30-23 loss that only got close at the end. The Eagles were a 13.5 point underdog and starting their back up QB Nick Foles.

The problem starts with QB Jared Goff who has turned the ball over eight times in the last three games as many as he did in the first 11 games and his passer rating has plummeted and has completed just 55.5 percent of his passes for an average of 5.5 yards per attempt.

Losing second year receiver Cooper Kupp to a season ending knee injury has had its effect but Goff has been throwing over and behind receivers the last four weeks.

The Rams defense anchored by Defensive Player of the Year Candidate Aaron Donald and other high-priced talent like Ndomukung Suh, Aghib Talib and Marcus Peters have been one of five teams to give up over 30 points in more than five games this season. Certainly not what the Rams were paying for. They have been exposed on the ground consistently on passing downs when pinning their ears back to rush the passer giving up a league worst 5.1 yards per carry.

Now the Rams look like a team that may have peaked too early and have had its flaws exposed and exploited at the wrong time.