By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

It was a tough start for the Rams as they fell into ad early hole with turnovers and no consistent offense. 

 Matthew Stafford had a couple of early turnovers and it was tough to come back 

After Stafford’s horrible first half, the Rams were in too deep a hole to climb out of, and the Titans beat them 28-16 in front of 71,785 fans at SoFi Stadium. 

Stafford’s had a pass, intended for receiver Robert Woods at the right sideline, was cut off by safety Kevin Byard and returned 24 yards for the Titans’ second touchdown in 11 seconds.  

He also tossed a pass trying to avoid a safety. 

“I basically spotted them 14 points,” Stafford said of back-to-back interceptions in the second quarter that led to Titans touchdowns. “You can’t do that in the NFL, especially against a good team like that. I’ve got to do a better job, those were on me.” 

As big a concern as the loss might by Stafford’s health. He landed heavily when he stumbled and was hit as he threw a fourth-down incomplete pass late in the game. 

“It’s fine. It’ll be all right,” said Stafford, who did stay in the game and later hit Sony Michel with a TD pass in the final minute. 

The Rams have been preventing sacks this season, allowed five on this day and bumbled their way with penalties. They had a season high 12 for 115 yards which tells you they all were not in sync. 

 “I think you go back and you say, ‘All right, we’re not going to allow one game to define us,” said head coach Sean McVay. “I don’t think that’s reflective of the type of football team we are. We had a rough night. It really seemed like that was kind of the narrative for the night. A lot of those things that occurred are uncharacteristic. I choose to believe that tonight was not a reflection of who we are. We can look at it, correct it, and we’ll keep it moving.” 

The defense allowed only 194 yards which would be good even though the Titans(7-2) were missing workhorse running back Derrick Henry.  

The Titans are 17-0 since 2015 when they score 20 or more points in the first half. 

It was a slow night for the Rams offensively but through out the season Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have been a solid tandem. 

Kupp has been the best receiver in football this season, leading the league in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,019) and touchdown catches (10).  

The RedZone has been good for both Woods has scored less than half the touchdowns that Kupp has but he’s had opportunities in the red zone, just as Kupp has. With how frequently the Rams throw the ball in the red zone, Kupp and Woods lead the NFL in red zone targets.  

Kupp has been targeted 21 times, with Woods ranking second (16) and Tyler Higbee tied for fourth (13).  

Kupp has caught 14 of his 21 red zone targets, scoring nine touchdowns in the red area. Woods has caught nine of his 16 targets with four touchdowns, while Higbee has eight red zone receptions and two touchdowns. They need the entire team to come together as they take on San Francisco next Monday night.