GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – The Los Angeles Rams retreated to the visitors’ locker room Sunday after a 38-26 loss to the Green Bay Packers as “Go Pack Go” chants echoed throughout Lambeau Field.
Soon after, cornerback Jalen Ramsey stood on a podium and answered questions for 10 minutes, confirming what quickly became apparent after the Rams lost a third straight game.
“It’s not in a good mood,” Ramsey said. “I can tell. “
The Rams have gone out of their way to put together a capable Super Bowl run roster that includes quarterback Matthew Stafford, NFL three-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald, Ramsey and recent additions from outside linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..
However, with six games to go, the Rams find themselves in the middle of just the second-game losing streak in Sean McVay’s five seasons as a coach.
Ramsey admitted he was shocked that a previously 7-1 team could slide to 7-4, as the Rams have lost an average of 13.7 points to the Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers and Packers.
“Of course I am,” Ramsey said. “We have guys who are way too good for us to lose games like this and road games. We just have to get it right. We have to play better, everything has to be better because we’re too much it’s good to lose games like this, but we don’t play like we are that good right now, so we have to fix our stuff. “
The Rams are 1-4 against the winning teams and 6-0 against everyone else this season. They also struggled to fall behind, dropping to 1-4 when they were in double digits.
McVay said he was “absolutely not” concerned that the season could get out of hand.
“We have to stop with some of these self-inflicted injuries and that’s going to continue to be a focus and a focus for us,” McVay said. “And then expect to see results. “
Among self-inflicted injuries on Sunday, Stafford continued a recent trend of turnovers as he lost a fumble in the first quarter and then threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown to give the Packers a 36- lead. 17 in the third quarter.
The 13th-year quarterback has committed six turnovers, including five interceptions – three of which were returned for touchdowns – in the last three games. Stafford’s three pick-sixes are the most important in the NFL this season and he’s the first quarterback to have such a streak since Matt Schaub played four straight games with a pick-six in 2013.
“You have to take them all individually,” Stafford said of his recent turnovers. “I know it’s probably hard for you guys to hear, but it’s the truth. This is how I see it. “
McVay said: “I have total confidence and faith in Matthew Stafford. And everyone wants to throw in ‘six turnovers’ – all of those turnovers have a totally different story and not all of them are their fault. “
Against the Packers, Stafford also completed a 79-yard touchdown pass to second-year pro Van Jefferson and a 54-yard touchdown to Beckham for his first score as a Ram and his first overall since Oct. 4, 2020.
Stafford finished 21 of 38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns, as well as the interception. He said after the game that his physical health had not affected his game.
“I feel great,” said Stafford, who did not train until the Week 9 loss to the Titans due to a back problem, then rolled an ankle late in the game. “My back barked a bit that week, but I haven’t run out of time since then. Is the rest of my body 100%? No, no one else is in this league at this point in the season. “
Defensively against the Packers, the Rams struggled at times to leave the field as quarterback Aaron Rodgers parted the unit’s midfielder in Third Downs, similar to the tactics deployed in Week 10 by the 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Rodgers completed 28 of 45 passes for 307 yards with two touchdowns and also guarded the ball for a 1 yard score as the Packers improved to 9-3.
“Forwards are definitely trying to get matchups where they think maybe best for them, they’re definitely trying to arrange things a little differently so that we can potentially play things a little differently,” Ramsey said. “I mean, they’re doing their homework.
The Rams return to Los Angeles to face the Jacksonville Jaguars 2-9 next Sunday before heading to Phoenix for Monday Night Football to face the division-leading Cardinals 9-2, who beat them 37-20 in week 4.