Sean McVay won’t criticize Matthew Stafford
Stafford once again turned over the ball twice. He lost a fumble that the Packers quickly converted into a touchdown, and he had an interception returned for a touchdown for the third game in a row.
Not coincidentally, the Rams’ losing streak reached three games.
Former quarterback Jared Goff had some head-scratching streaks of errors during his five seasons with the Rams. He lost fumbles that exasperated fans and McVay — but he never threw a pick-six in three straight games.
The Rams were beaten soundly by the Packers in Green Bay and suffered a third consecutive loss for only the second time in the Sean McVay era. Matthew Stafford’s interception problems continue.
McVay eventually tired of it and called out Goff, saying, “our quarterback’s got to take better care of the football.”
But McVay apparently won’t go there with Stafford, a 13th-year pro. Every one of his six turnovers in the last three games, McVay said, had a different narrative.
That makes perfect sense, but the same could have been said about Goff’s mistakes.
Odell Beckham Jr. can go deep
In his second game with the Rams, Beckham scored his first touchdown on a 54-yard strike from Stafford.
Beckham was targeted 10 times and caught five passes for 81 yards.
The Rams still miss receiver Robert Woods, who caught passes and eagerly performed less-glamorous tasks that helped make the offense go. But Beckham showed that he can provide a big-play option.
The star-studded defensive front has yet to live up to expectations
Aaron Donald is a three-time NFL defensive player of year and future Hall of Famer. Von Miller is also no doubt bound for the Hall of Fame. And Leonard Floyd is a rising star.
But their second game together was no sack-fest.
The Rams and Chargers are both suffering through slumps, although in different ways with the Rams unable to run and the Chargers unable to stop the run.
All got hits on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he was sacked only once by tackle Greg Gaines.
It marked the second time in as many games that the opposing quarterback got the ball out quick and avoided poor decisions that might have led to interceptions.
Other teams are successfully scheming around Jalen Ramsey
The Rams star cornerback is an outstanding player — but he can’t be everywhere at once.
So Packers coach Matt LaFleur, like 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, put the onus on less-heralded Rams players, forcing them into mismatches and mistakes.
Rodgers completed passes to nine receivers. Packers receiver Davante Adams caught eight passes for 104 yards. Cobb had four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The field-goal unit has been great, but those special teams…
Matt Gay kicked two more field goals. He has made 20 of 21 attempts.
Rookie Robert Rochell provided a bright spot when he recovered a fumble by Randall Cobb on a punt return.
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But J.J. Koski fumbled on a punt return. And punter Johnny Hekker was inconsistent again.
Meanwhile, Corey Bojorquez, traded by the Rams in favor of Hekker, pinned the Rams at the one-yard line with a 61-yard kick.