Friday, January 28, 2022

Matthew Stafford’s Pick-Six Beats Rams Again in Losing to Packers

If this happened once, consider it a mistake. Aberration.

When this happens twice in a row, it is probably a coincidence. Maybe bad luck.

Three games in a row?

This is a trend.

And make no mistake: The Rams and defender Matthew Stafford are on a downward trend.

Against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, for the third time in three games, Stafford suffered two costly losses. For the third game in a row, the opponent returned the interception for the touchdown.

And the Rams lost 36-28 in front of a crowd of 77,948 at Lambo Field, extending their losing streak to three games.

The Rams, the all-star team once considered the favorite to play in the LVI Super Bowl at Sophie Stadium, instead dropped to 7-4 and dropped further in pace for a favorable NFC playoff seeding.

At this point, with six games remaining, the playoffs could also be in question if the Rams don’t return to semblance at the start of the season.

“We definitely have six left,” said coach Sean McVeigh. “It’s a lot of football, and history hasn’t been written yet.

“We’ve got a pen.”

McVeigh may have been tempted to poke himself in the eye with a cannon after seeing his handpicked veteran quarterback put the Rams in yet another insurmountable hole.

Stafford lost a groping in the first quarter and the Packers turned a miss into a touchdown and never gave up the lead. After Stafford brought the Rams out to 13 points at the end of the third quarter, the Packers corner-back Rasul Douglas made a pass and returned him for a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams tries to bypass Rams Jalen Ramsey (5) and Troy Reeder.

(Matt Ludtke / Associated Press) #

Last year, over such mistakes, an alarmed McVeigh eventually named former quarterback Jared Goff. Such mistakes eventually forced Goff to be traded for Detroit Lions – for Stafford.

When asked at what point he would do the same with Stafford, McVeigh vigorously defended his quarterback.

“I’m not interested in going back to the past and some of the things that didn’t always go the way we wanted,” McVay said, adding, “I really trust this guy – and I’m not going to sit here and criticize our players. … I completely trust and believe in Matthew Stafford, and I think that the story that everyone wants to throw out, six turns – they all have a completely different story, and it’s not all his fault. “

Stafford denied television coverage that he had problems with his back, ankle and arms. Before the Rams lost to the Tennessee Titans, Stafford did not train due to back stiffness. He suffered an ankle sprain in that game, but that didn’t seem to stop him from losing to the San Francisco 49ers and the Packers.

And his hand looked very strong on Sunday with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson and a 54-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr.

Stafford made 21 of 38 assists for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

“I feel good,” he said when asked about the report, acknowledging the time he missed due to back stiffness. “Is the rest of my body 100%? No. There is no one else in this league at the moment. “

However, it is clear that something is wrong with the 13-year-old pro. Four weeks ago, he was at the forefront of the most valuable conversation with the players after leading the Rams to a 7-1 start. They have now lost three in a row for the first time since 2019, the only time McVeigh’s side missed the playoffs.

Stafford, who picked the No. 1 in the 2009 NBA Draft, was asked if he had ever experienced an interception returned on touchdown in three games in a row.

“I’ve had some tough times in my career, no doubt about it,” he said. “Play this game long enough, it will humiliate you. … Do you feel uncomfortable when you play like that? Absolutely.

“There were many good things, but too many bad things for us to have a chance to beat a good team like Green Bay.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers said last week that he had a fractured toe. On Sunday, he completed 28 of 45 assists for 307 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown as the Packers (9-3) continued to fight for the top spot in the NFC for the second straight season.

Last season, the Rams lost to the Packers at Lambo Field in the NFC Divisional Round playoffs. Looking for a different outcome on Sunday, they were thwarted by Stafford’s revs and the groping of the returning punt JJ ​​Koski.

But along with offensive and special team errors, the defensive front, which featured Aaron Donald, von Miller, and Leonard Floyd, only recorded one bag when it faced the injured Packers line.

The Rams never came close to intercepting the transmission.

When asked what the mood was like after a team with such high expectations suffered a third defeat in a row, defender Jalen Ramsey replied: “This is not a very good mood, I can say that.”

“We have guys who are too good for us to play games like this,” he said, adding, “We just have to get it right.”

Perhaps they will play this Sunday against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium. Then it’s a trip to play with the leading NFC-West Arizona Cardinals. The schedule also includes weekend away trips to play with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, as well as home division games against the Seattle Seahawks and 49ers.

“They’re not stopping the season right now,” Stafford said. “There are a lot of balls left and a lot can happen.”

For Stafford and Baranov, it would be better for them to be good again.

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