The Rams will attempt to regroup towards San Francisco

The Rams have an extra day to prepare for their 144th regular season meeting with arch-rival San Francisco 49ers for this week’s Monday night soccer game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Los Angeles is recovering from a humiliating 28-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday at SoFi when they self-destructed offensively early and defensively very late.

“We’re not going to let a game define us,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay at the post-game press conference. “I don’t think this reflects the type of football team we are. We had a rough night. It really seemed like this was some kind of narrative for the night. A lot of these things that happened are uncharacteristic. Me Choose to believe that tonight wasn’t a reflection of who we are. We can look at it, correct it, and we will keep it moving. “

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw two head-scratching interceptions in the second quarter, both of which led to Titan touchdowns within 11 seconds. The 11-point deficit increased ten minutes later when Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill met in a one-yard bootleg and the Rams never recovered from 21-3 halftime. The fourth quarter offered a small window, but two 15 yard foul calls against the Rams defense stalled it.

“I saw her basically 14 points. I can’t do that in the NFL, especially against such a good team … just wasn’t good enough at the start of the game,” said Stafford. “Our defense played well, well enough to keep us in the game. If we don’t turn the ball twice, we have a chance to win it. First and foremost, I have to play better myself.”

The defeat let the Rams (7: 2) fall back to second place in the NFC West behind the Arizona Cardinals (8: 1). The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are in third place with 3-5 records. However, when the Rams and 49ers come together, records can be thrown out the window in one of the NFL’s best rivalries. The Niners have the lead in the all-time series with 73 wins, 67 losses and three draws, including the last four games between the two teams.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has a 5-3 record against good friend McVay as they both started coaching their respective teams from 2017. The Niners started this season with two wins but lost five of their last six games. The Rams had won seven of their first eight games before Sunday’s unexpected collapse against Tennessee. With the Rams having one of the toughest schedules in the second half of the season, losing to the 49ers in Monday Night Football would be a major blow to winning the division.

Unlike the Rams who have struggled under Stafford this season, the 49ers’ quarterback position has been challenging. Quarterback Jimmy Garappolo suffered a calf injury in a loss to the Seahawks on October 3. Rookie quarterback Trey Lance lost to Arizona the following week and suffered a knee sprain. Garappolo bounced back to start the last three games, including beating the Chicago Bears before losing again to Arizona at 31:17 last Sunday.

The Rams are expecting a much better result than last time they played at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night. This resulted in a 28-0 shutout loss on what was supposed to be Jared Goff’s Los Angeles Rams debut to open the 2016 season after he was selected as # 1 in the NFL Draft earlier this year. Of course, history shows that former Rams head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t even allow Goff to put on his uniform for this game. Fortunately for the Rams, the head coach and quarterback situations are light years better than they were that night.

The whole swing should turn out on Sunday against the Titans in favor of the Rams. Tennessee had just lost the NFL’s best running back, Derrick Henry, to an injury the previous week. They signed future Hall of Fame back Adrian Peterson to replace him. Peterson along with running backs D’Onte Foreman and Jeremy McNichol finished with a total of 69 yards on 26 carries, but it was the time they ate on the clock that worked the most damage.

“We moved on since Derrick,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel after the game. “We knew he wouldn’t be with us earlier in the week. I felt the guys reacted, had a great week. The coaches prepared players who weren’t here and they played in the game and made moves. ” to help us win. “

The Rams had also acquired the Future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller from the Denver Broncos to expand their defense cache. The excitement built up during the week never carried over to the pitch as Miller never fitted properly due to an ankle injury. With the Rams offensive stuttering for much of the Sunday night, Miller’s presence probably wouldn’t have made any difference.

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“He’s doing a great job attacking his rehab and treatment with Reggie (Scott, VP of Sports Medicine and Performance) and his group. I know he’s really tough and I know he wants to be on the field,” said McVay on Miller’s condition. “If he can leave this week it will definitely be positive for us. I think we’ll be careful. We want to make sure we don’t put him at risk if he sits back.”

Two more wide receivers were pulled from the group this week when DeSean Jackson signed with the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday after receiving permission from the Rams to find another team to play for. Jackson had seen very little action this season after signing earlier this year. The Rams suffered another injury hit when Jacob Harris tore his ACL and MCL to cover a punt return against the Titans. The current reception corps consists of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek and JJ Koski.

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