By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Rams had high expectations and confidence after a solid performance the previous week at home against the Bears. They made an east coast trip for the fourth time in the first eight games. They also faced a rookie quarterback with his first start as pro.
The Rams were givers as they turned the ball over four times which is the most by any team this year and the most for the team since 2008. They also gave up a 88 yard punt return that left them with a 28-17 loss in front of 12,379 fans at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It was the first time all season the visitors played in front of fans.
The defense got things going as Aaron Donald stripped Tua Tagovaiola on is first pass attempt of the game. A few plays later it was Robert Woods took a hand off from Jared Goff and easily walked into the end zone from 15-yards out.
The first half was a nightmare as Goff had two interceptions and two lost fumbles. One fumble was scooped up by Andrew Van Ginkel and returned 78 yards for the Dolphins (4-3).
Goff and the offense did move the ball as he completed 35 of 61 passes for 350 yards. They had 31 first downs to 8 for Miami and controlled the ball 36:29 minutes to 23:31 for the home team. It was time stops and the mishaps. They converted just 7 of 17 third down conversions.
“They did a good job of applying some pressure, that’s kind of how they are built,” Goff stated. “And we did not respond quickly enough or well enough and that starts with me.”
Newly sighed kicker Kai Farbath hit a 23-yard field goal that made the score 28-10 at the half, however he did miss a 48 yarder badly.
A silver lining for the Rams (5-3) is the defense shutout the Dolphins in the second half. Tagovailoa was 12 of 22 passing for 93 yards and one TD as the Dolphins only had eight first downs. They have only given up more than three points in the second half just once this year. Micah Kiser led the led the team six tackles followed by Sebastian Joseph-Day and Donald who had five a piece.
“It’s good that we have a bye week right smack dab in the middle of the season. Get rested and reflect back on the first eight games,” said Johnny Johnson. “Were seeing some good flashes but we really want to play our best football in late November and December.”
RAM NOTES: The Rams will have the next five of eight games at SoFi beginning with the Seahawks Nov.10 after the bye… Donald’s force strip sack on Tua marks the 18th career forced fumble…Cooper Kupp had 11 catches for 110 yards. It was his 2nd 100 yard game this year and 10th of his career…Woods rushing touchdown is the fourth of his career putting him in second place of WR in franchise history.