By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The LA Rams are a good football team, but they have been giving in the last three games and the come up with that practice. While playing the teams latest game they spotted Green Bay an early lead on the way to a 36-28 loss. That’s the third week in a row they fell in the hole early.
After trailing 10-0 the Rams (7-4) did make a move Mathew Stafford dropped back and hit Van Jefferson in stride on a post pattern as the third-year man maintained his balance then raced his way for a 79-yard score.
Stafford next led the team on an 8-play 75-drive hitting Darryl Henderson with a six-yard strike.
The Packers (9-3) has never lost consecutive games within the same season under Matt LaFleur’s three-year tenure. The have a bye this week and a 3½-game lead over Minnesota (5-6) in the NFC North.
On the day Aaron Rodgers playing with an injured toe completed 28 of 45 passes for 307 yards. The reigning MVP threw TD Passes to Randall Cobb (7-yards) and a 5 yarder to AJ Dillion.
“When I step on the field, I expect greatness,” said Rodgers, who says he fractured his pinky toe while working out during his quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test. “Anyone who’s a great competitor feels the same way. I don’t lean on excuses: not practicing, a little toe injury.”
On the first play of the fourth Stafford connected with Odell Beckum Jr, for a 54-yartd touchdown. It was his first TD in his second game as a Ram. OBJ finished the day with five catches for 81 yards. It was the ninth 50 plus yard play of the season which leads the NFL.
Mathew Stafford went 21 of 38 for 302 yards with three touchdown passes. But he also lost a fumble to set up a touchdown and had an interception returned for a touchdown. Stafford has thrown a pick-6 in each of the last three games.
“We’re going to continue to learn from these things, that’s the only thing that you can do,” Head Coach Sean McVay said. “But we’ve got to stop with some of these self-inflicted wounds.”
In the third period JJ Kaski fumbled the ball while returning a punt, which was recovered by Bakersfield native Krys Barnes at the Rams 27.
The defense tightened and held the Packers to a Mason Crosby 29-yard field goal that extended Green Bay’s lead to 30-17.
With 3:05 left the Packers Mason Crosby missed a 42 yarder his ninth miss of the season and that gave the Rams life.
The Rams Matt Gay hit a 39-yard field goal but all hopes were lost when they failed to recover an on sides kick.
The Rams will host Jacksonville this week at SoFi Stadium.
RAM NOTES: Bakersfield native Krys Barnes had a 7 tackles vs the Rams tying his season high. The third-year veteran has 38 on the season.