Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Stafford’s peak 6 streak continues, Rams lose 3rd in a row | AP News

Green Bay, Wisconsin (AP) – Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams extended several unwanted streaks on Sunday.

One of them helped lead to another.

Stafford dropped a pickup 6 and flopped, leading to a touchdown in Green Bay on Sunday, when the Rams were beaten 36-28 by the Packers for their third consecutive defeat. In each of these three defeats, Stafford threw an interception that returned for a touchdown.

“I’m going to do everything in my power to be the best at football, but try to be effective and explosive, and do whatever we want as an offensive,” said Stafford. “I can’t do this if we don’t have the ball.”

Stafford showed his explosive strength when the Rams (7-4) tried to rally after a 19-point deficit in the second half. He went 21 of 38 for 302 yards with three touchdowns, including 54 for Odell Beckham, Jr., prompting the Rams to attempt a comeback.

His high-stakes play highlights why the Rams acquired the former Detroit Lions quarterback as they hoped to take the next step after their 2020 season ended with a loss in the NFC Playoffs in Green Bay.

But it also had two critical turnovers.

At the end of the first quarter, Rashan Gary fired Stafford and elbowed the quarterback, knocking the ball out. Preston Smith regained a fumble to give Green Bay the first and 6 goals, setting Aaron Rogers’ 1-yard touchdown that opened the scoring and put the Packers ahead permanently.

The Rams were down 30-17 when Stafford tried to pass to NFL host Cooper Kupp. Rasul Douglas beat Kuppa to score a 33-yard interception, extending Green Bay’s lead to 36-17 at the end of the third quarter.

This continued the notoriously familiar Stafford scheme.

The Rams’ three games began with a 28-16 defeat to Tennessee, in which Kevin Byard scored for the Titans in a 24-yard interception. This continued when 49ers ‘Jimmy Ward scored on a 27-yard comeback on the Rams’ 31-10 setback in San Francisco.

“I’ve had some tough times in my career,” Stafford said. “There is no doubt that you have played this game long enough that it will humiliate you. And I put a lot of hard work into it, like all the guys in this locker room, like all our coaches. Does it disappoint when you go out and play like that? Absolutely. There was something good, but too much bad for us to have a chance to beat a good team like Green Bay. “

Green Bay (9-3) has 16 points after three defeats to Rams. Rams coach Sean McVeigh discussed the importance of avoiding these “self-inflicted wounds” as they try to regain shape early in the season, but he also noted that Stafford is not only to blame for his recent retirements.

“There is a story behind each one,” McVeigh said. “I thought he did a lot of really good things today.”

The Rams’ offseason acquisition of the Stafford was just one of many high-profile moves the team made in their Super Bowl bid. Promotion has continued over the past month with the addition of Beckham and outside midfielder Von Miller.

But after such a promising start to the season, the Rams are now two games behind the Arizona Cardinals (9-2) in the NFC West standings. The Rams have a chance to finish this slide next week when they play the humble Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9).

“We have guys who are too good for us to lose these games and lose in a row,” said Rams defender Jalen Ramsey. “We just have to do it right. We need to play better. Everything has to be better because we are too good to play such games. But now we don’t play like we are that good. “

Stafford knows that the Rams’ chances of winning back depend in part on how well they care about football.

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

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