Monday, November 29, 2021

Rams will remember the dominant defense of the Titans

The Tennessee Titans were missing two starting lineups in the offensive line and two-time NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry.

Most observers felt that playing against the mighty Rams on Sunday night would not be fair.

Unfortunately for the Baranov, these people were right.

The game turned out to be one-sided, just not as expected. On the day of astounding NFL results – Jacksonville defeated Buffalo, Denver destroyed Dallas, Cleveland humiliated Cincinnati – the Titans hit a stunning 28-16 with an illusion that would have forced David Copperfield to double.

Outsiders with 7 1/2 points made the blockers disappear from Matthew Stafford.

Nobody expected the approach of this bowl of stupor.

“I prefer to believe that tonight was not a reflection of who we are,” said Rams coach Sean McVeigh.

Click by click, the Titans circled, twisted and squeezed through the breaches, flooding the Rams’ backfield and swarming Stafford, firing him four times in the first half alone. This was especially odd because this line provided Stafford with a hermetically sealed pocket for most of the season.

When the Rams entered the empty backfield – there was no one there to help block – the quarterback was under intense pressure from the moment he got the flick of the shotgun. He’s been fired five times over 41-yard losses, and the Rams have converted only four of 15 third downs (27%).

“This is what we’ve always done … pockeing, pounding, raking and the like,” said Titans coach Mike Vrabel. “The more they see themselves in films and take responsibility for turnover – and the crime is to care about football – you can start doing really good things.”

The 7-2 Titans have won five in a row and lead AFC South in three games, the biggest advantage in the AFC division.

Stafford entered the game with four interceptions this season, but was hit back in one shot after another, first by being dragged into his home zone and then in the first game of the next possession, which resulted in a Pick-six on 24 yard.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass, falling in the end zone that was intercepted and secures the Titans’ touchdown.

(Wally Sculidge / Los Angeles Times) #

“I basically noticed them 14 points,” Stafford said. “Can’t do this in the NFL.”

In the first of these interceptions, Stafford looked strikingly similar to Colt quarterback Carson Wentz, who, trying to avoid defenses against the Titans a week earlier, made a weak left-handed pass that was chosen and essentially went for a touchdown.

“We weren’t very good offensively today,” McVay said, noting that in their other loss at home to Arizona, the Rams fought back four days later, winning in Seattle.

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On Sunday night, Tennessee defender Jeffrey Simmons scored three times in the first half and dominated ruthlessly like Aaron Donald in top form. So this night number 98 (Simmons) looked like number 99 (Donald).

For the Baranov, this meant that even though this crime was fruitful and interesting, it was far from reliable. Stafford is not stationary – he has had some good runs against the Titans – but he is not one of those defenders who can survive when a dam collapses.

The powerful attack that the Rams brought to the game looked as unreliable as a 2D movie. The final touchdown, a short throw on the Sony Michel, was purely cosmetic and was witnessed by perhaps a quarter of SoFi Stadium viewers as the rest had long since rushed to the exit.

In the fourth quarter, after Stafford fell awkwardly to the turf due to an incomplete third attempt, Stafford hobbled carefully to the sideline where his left ankle was rewound. He did not train on Wednesday or Thursday and was restricted on Friday due to back pain.

Stafford, for example, is not worried about these performances becoming a trend.

“Just turn on the cassette and learn from it,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for a long time. He had a bunch of good games, he used to have a bunch of bad ones. I know what it’s like to go out and answer, play well next week. I think our team knows. We did it earlier this year and we plan to do it again. ”

Next up for the Rams: in San Francisco on Monday night.

Stafford, who played 0-3 for the Detroit Lions against Tennessee, must have felt something familiar. In this he was as amazed as Jared Goff was on a harsh night, and the Rams were as flat as they were three years ago in the Super Bowl against New England.

But otherwise the game seemed like a first since returning to Los Angeles in 2016, when they lost 28-0 in San Francisco on Monday night. Donald was kicked out of the game and had to watch a messy finish from the locker room.

The Rams showed the same lack of restraint against the Titans, unlike the measured and efficient Los Angeles side that entered the game with 31 penalties (31 penalties) in their first eight games. Against the Titans, the Rams were hit 11 times for 110 yards, compared to Tennessee’s three penalties at 15 yards.

The rams lost their composure and found themselves freezing cold.

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