The Los Angeles Rams suffered a 17-10 loss during their Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants. On the early, but prime stage in London, the team suffered from mental lapses and was not in sync on the offense end.
Quarterback Case Keenum threw four interceptions for the game, but doesn’t deserve the full blame. The unit wasn’t fluid during their offensive progressions, resulting in multiple turnovers from lack of communication.
Keenum did throw for 291 yards on 32 completions, but the offense was unable to put points on the board.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt, who caught three passes for 43 yards, summarized the tough loss by saying the execution was their undoing, courtesy of TheRams.com:
“To tell you the truth, we came in here expecting a win,” Britt said. “We got here on Monday, the guys worked hard all week, we adjusted to the time change and we had energy at the beginning of the game. It all came down to execution and that killed us at the end.”
Aside from the four interceptions, the Rams also had four fumbles during the game, although none of them were lost. While Keenum took full responsibility for the loss against the Giants, the miscues led to their fourth loss of the season.
When asked about the team’s outlook with Keenum, Britt immediately defended Keenum as the ongoing quarterback:
“We have ultimate confidence in Case and you know he is the quarterback that can get us to where we want to go,” Britt stated. “Case is going out there and doing an excellent job of keeping us together and focused in the huddle when nobody else is leading us.”
Britt emphasized a lack of communication on the small facets of the game, as well as many mental mistakes and penalties as a whole.
During the final drive, the Rams drove down the field to the Giants red zone, with less than two minutes remaining. On their final opportunity, while down seven points, the design was to hit wide receiver Brian Quick in the end zone on a fade.
However, Quick took a hard slant towards midfield and Keenum’s lofted ball resulted in an easy interception for the Giants defensive back.
Although the Rams have now lost three consecutive games, head coach Jeff Fisher is sticking with Keenum as their quarterback.
The Rams have two weeks to prepare for their Week 9 matchup at home against the Carolina Panthers, with a Week 8 bye to rest their players and regroup as a unit.