This Los Angeles Rams season continues to spiral out of control as any hopes of a playoff run and defending their Super Bowl Championship seem basically over.
The Rams fell to the New Orleans Saints 27-20 in Week 11, their fourth consecutive loss as their record now sits at 3-7. Even more concerning is the status of quarterback Matthew Stafford who made his return after missing last week’s contest due to being in concussion protocol.
Stafford left in the second half of the game to be evaluated for another possible concussion, an extremely concerning possibility as he had only just cleared protocol two days prior. The Rams said after the game that Stafford had not been entered back into concussion protocol but a decision will be made following more tests.
In the first half, Stafford did a great job of commanding the offense without their focal point in wide receiver Cooper Kupp. He found Tutu Atwell for a 62-yard score in the first quarter and would hit Allen Robinson with a 6-yard touchdown right before halftime to give the Rams a 14-10 lead going into the half.
But the Rams’ offense couldn’t get anything going once things turned over to second-year quarterback Bryce Perkins. On the other side of the ball, Saints quarterback Andy Dalton picked apart the Rams defense all day long.
Dalton went 21-of-25 for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those came in the third quarter when the Saints took the game over. Dalton first found Jarvis Landry for a 7-yard score to give the Saints the lead and would later hit rookie Chris Olave with a 53-yard bomb to give the Saints complete control. The Rams did give themselves a slight chance late with a Matt Gay field goal but were unable to recover the ensuing onside kick.
Perkins completed 5-of-10 passes for 63 yards and also rushed for 39 yards on seven carries. In fact, the Rams had their best rushing game of the season by far, finishing with 148 yards led by Cam Akers who had 61 yards on 14 carries. The Rams also got 36 yards on seven carries from rookie Kyren Williams.
Next up for the Rams
Things do not get any easier for the Rams as they will head to Kansas City to take on one of the Super Bowl favorites in Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs.