By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It back-to-back weeks the Rams came up short in games needed to secure a play-off spot. Just a week ago they fell to the hapless New York Jets by three points at So-Fi Stadium.
This week they had a chance to clinch the division and a playoff spot but fell 20-9 to the Seattle Seahawks on the road. It was a game where no offense failed to score a touchdown.
They ran more plays 75 to 61, ran for more yards 118 to 95 had more first downs 20-15 and won the time of possession 32:50 to 27:10 and still came up short.
Jarred Goff completed 24 of 43 passes 216 yards and one costly interception. On first and ten from the Seahawks 29 yard-line the QB rolled out and instead of running he threw the ball in to no mans land and it was picked off by picked of by pro-bowler Quandre Diggs. He later stated, “It was a dumb play, it was stupid.”
Daryl Henderson ran for 62 yards on 12 carries filling in for Cam Akers who was out due to a leg injury near the goal-line. Henderson would leave the game after an ankle injury.
“It has been a humbling tough up and down year” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “My job is to put these guys in a better spot and I don’t think I have consistently done a good enough job,” McVay added.
The defense did its job for most of the game sacking Russell Wilson five times while holding the Seahawks to just six points the first half. Russell Wilson completed a modest 20 of 34 for 225 yards and a touchdown to Justin Hollister with just under three minutes left in the game. He also ran for a score.
They only allowed 95 yards rushing. that marks the seventh game this season they have held a team under 100 yards on the ground.
Troy Reeder lead the tacklers with 11. Lennard Floyd had seven tackles including two sacks and has five sacks has five on Wilson this season.
Goff would dislocate his thumb in the third period, he continued to play. He has since undergone surgery on the thumb. It looks like he will miss at least this weeks game against Arizona at SoFi Stadium. To make the play-offs the Rams need a win over the Cardinals Sunday.
John Wolford will get the start. The Rookie from Wake has never taken an NFL snap. He was the leading passer in the now folded AAF. The 6-1, 200 pounder is energetic and is known to be a stickler for detail.
“Johns done a great job preparing himself all year,” said McVay. ‘If you watch the way he’s worked at it I know there’s confidence from the coaches and teammates and guys who need to rally around him. He’s got some Doug Flutie type stuff in him.”
The 25-year-old Wolford spent the 2019 year on the practice squad. He has always been confident he can run the offense.
“Its something I have prepared for my whole life, I’ve played a lot of football between college and the AAF,” said Wolford. “This is the kind of step I’m ready to go whenever that shot comes.”