The Los Angeles Rams have hit a tough stretch of football, losing four consecutive games and coming up short in many close contests. Head coach Jeff Fisher has dealt with constant nagging questions from the media, while trying to keep this football team afloat in their transition to Los Angeles.
Although they currently sit at 3-5, there still remains eight more games this season for the team, starting off with a showdown this Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets. The front seven of the Jets is a formidable opponent, with a true test arising for running back Todd Gurley and the offensive line.
Fisher has repeatedly stated that Gurley needs to rush the ball significantly more, with the team having to pass the ball since they have been playing from behind.
Gurley remains questionable for Sunday’s contest, but most people expect him to play baring and late setbacks.
The second-year running back has hit a sophomore slump of sorts, as NFL defenses have become accustomed to his style. The offensive line hasn’t helped his case this season, as it has been difficult for them to create holes for Gurley to thrive in.
Coming into the contest, Fisher has been constantly dealing with many questions regarding the quarterback scenario. While fans want No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff to be inserted into the contest, Fisher’s level head understands what the scenario is. Goff has been steadily improving with each week, but the team still believes he isn’t ready to start at quarterback.
In a contest against a strong running defense, the quarterback may end up making a lot of throws throughout the contest, which vary well may spell disaster for a rookie quarterback in his first start.
During this season, the Rams currently rank eighth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game (330.8). To the contrary, the Jets rank 14th at 353.2 yards allowed per game.
However, the Jets are fourth in the NFL in terms of rushing yards allowed per game (81.0) and the Rams are 11th at 98.6 rushing yards per game. While the rushing game may not start off well, Keenum should feel a little sense of confidence, as the Jets allow a 22nd ranked 272.2 passing yards per game.
Offensively, both teams rank amongst the bottom tier of teams. The Jets are 22nd in terms of offensive yards per game (339.7), while the Rams are 31st at just 311.5 yards per game.