By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Rams had a frightening nigh going against San Francisco as they got off to a rough start on the road. It was two early interceptions by Matthew Stafford put Los Angeles in a big hole and those were accompanied by several dropped passes.
That put a damper on the appearance of the latest new team arrivals Von Miller who was acquired just before the trade deadline and then followed that up by signing Odell Beckham Jr.
The Rams fell into a 14-0 hole for the second straight week and the end results was a 31-10 loss on Monday night.
“This was a humbling night for us as a team, and a great opportunity for us to be able to take a deep breath, step away, look at the things that we need to correct, particularly offensively over the last couple of weeks,” coach Sean McVay said. “We’re going to figure this thing out and we’re going to come back … swinging, I promise you that, these last seven games of the regular season.”
The Rams (7-3) have fallen flat the past two weeks, getting outscored 59-26 in losses to Tennessee and San Francisco, the first time they dropped back-to-back regular-season games by double digits since McVay took over in 2017.
Matthew Stafford had trouble getting going as one of his early interceptions was returned for a TD. Before the previous two losses the Rams the offense that was averaging 30.6 points per game during the 7-1 start.
“I can definitely be better in all aspects,” Stafford said. “We just didn’t do well enough on the offensive side to keep us in it.”
The 49ers (4-5) were in recovery from a 31 -17 beating at home from the Arizona Cardinals the previous week. The Cards were without Tyler Murray, AJ Green and DeAndre Hopkins.
The loss helped the Niners refocus on things and the Rams were next insight. That was also the first win at home for them
Now the Rams get a week to regroup before a showdown on Nov. 28 at Green Bay. It will give them time to acclimate Beckham and Miller into the line-up.
When the Rams were trying to make a comeback it was clear that Beckham wasn’t on the field because of the terminology used in hurry up offense.
Beckham got the start in his debut and caught a 5-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. But he and Stafford weren’t on the same page later that drive when Stafford launched a deep ball that was picked off by Jimmie Ward.
Beckham caught only one other pass as he played only a few days after joining Los Angeles.
“It is going to be a tough road,” Beckham said. “These moments don’t divide you. They get you stronger and closer together and I am happy to be here. Over the bye week, I’ll be able to get into the playbook and really try to learn every single thing possible.”
The Rams might have done better by sticking to the run game more as Darryl Henderson and Sony Michel combined for 54 yards on just 9 carries a 6 yards average. Cooper Kupp had 11 catches for 122 yards and continues to lead the league in catches.
The loss of Robert Woods, who went down with a season-ending knee injury in practice last week will have to be navigated. Woods was a great blocker and a team leader.
The team has a much needed bye the team and can prepare for the Packers November 28th.