The Rams finally snapped their 3-game losing streak against the Jaguars on Sunday and did so dominantly. Rams vs Jaguars wasn’t exactly the most exciting matchup on the schedule, but served more as a scrimmage for the team. The team had good performances in all 3 phases of the game and got back on track offensively. The Jaguars aren’t the toughest, but there were still some good showings from the team. Now let’s break down the Good, the Bad, and the Meh of the Rams win on Sunday.
Michel got another chance to lead the backfield with Henderson sidelined, and had his best game of the season. His 121 rushing yards were the most by any Rams RB this season and the first time 100 rushing yards has been met by one. His performance against the 21st ranked run defense isn’t necessarily impressive considering his performance against one of the best versus Tampa Bay, but he still did a great job on Sunday. He had a season high 5.4 Y/A and had some good runs after contact. It will be interesting to follow how the backfield is split up over the next couple of games, and even more so if Cam Akers returns.
Stafford took full advantage of the Jaguars in a great bounce-back game Sunday. His performance was vastly improved likely because of the good performance of the O-Line as well. Stafford had a 2.6% pressure rate versus 21%, 7%, and 22%, during their losing streak. A cleaner pocket and more play action helped take the pressure off him as well, and according to profootball reference, had his first game without a bad throw. A balanced offense helped Stafford thrive, and it’s something McVay will definitely try to continue against Arizona next week.
The Overall defense was solid and held the Jags to 7 points and under 200 total yards. Young players like Ernest Jones and Jordan Fuller really stepped up. They filled out the stat sheet in almost every category and stopped the run well. Aaron Donald and Greg Gaines had consistent pressure on Lawrence and forced 2 fumbles from their RBs. If they can keep this level of play up, their next game at Arizona should be closer than last time.
The Special Teams unit had a good game in all 3 parts (Kicking, Punting, Returning) and looked great on Sunday. Matt Gay was his usual consistent self and went 4/4 on extra points and 3/3 for field goals. This season he’s been one of the NFL’s best kickers and has made up for the deficiencies on offense when needed. Johnny Hekker had his longest punt of the year at 58 yards, which was downed by Robert Rochell at the 1. Finally, LA had a good play by a kick returner, when Brandon Powell went for 65 yards, the longest by any returner this season. It’ll be interesting to see if he can continue his good performance next week against Arizona.
Williams has regressed this year along with the rest of the defense. This year he’s given up a 89.2 passer rating vs 63.9 last year. He did have a TFL and pass defended against the Jaguars, but hasn’t made any big plays like he did last year. Aside from Ramsey, no other corner has impressed this year, so Williams might be heading to a different team this offseason.
Miller has had some solid games as a Ram, but has yet to shine as an integral part of the defense. He primarily rushes on the edge, but just can’t seem to finish plays. He hasn’t recorded a sack as a Ram yet, but has done a solid job creating pressure. If Von can’t take advantage of the double teams on the inside, he’ll end up no better than Dante Fowler Jr. or Samson Ebukam.
Week 14 Outlook
Overall, this was a great win for the Rams to get back on track. Looking ahead to Arizona, it’ll be a real test if this team is a Super Bowl contender. After being beaten by them in week 4, LA needs to respond with a victory on the road if they want any chance at winning the NFC West. If the offense has a balanced attack and limits turnovers, they should have no problem if the defense can hold up.