The Los Angeles Rams came into the 2016 season looking to establish themselves in a new home in Los Angeles with a killer defense and hopefully the best running back in the NFL. But Todd Gurley has been slow to start, Jared Goff can’t get off the bench and the Rams have scored just 9 points and failed to score a touchdown in their first two games of the season.
As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge this week they’re on the road going coast to coast to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde puzzle through two weeks with a truly impressive performance on opening day knocking off the Falcons in Atlanta, but then falling flat on their faces week two in Arizona. The Cardinals young quarterback, Jameis Winston has shown the same puzzle, over-the-top great in Atlanta and struggling badly in the dessert throwing four picks. This one is truly difficult to predict.
LA 32ND OFF; TB 21ST DEF
LA T28TH RUN; TB 8TH vs. RUN
LA 32ND PASS; TB 27TH vs. PASS
LA 32ND PTS; TB 28TH PTS ALLOWED
TB 23RD OFF; LA 9TH DEF
TB 21ST RUN; LA 18TH vs. RUN
TB T19TH PASS; LA 8TH vs. PASS
TB T22ND PTS; LA 7TH PTS ALLOWED
LA T14TH TO/TA; TB 32ND TO-TA
RAMS moved to .500 despite not scoring a TD yet this season following 9-6 win over Seahawks in debut at Coliseum.
RAMS defense limited Seahawks to 306 yards and only 4-of-13 third-down conversions in Week 2.
RAMS new starting MLB Alec Ogletree sealed the verdict in Week 2 with FF-FR with 45 seconds remaining and also had 9 tackles and a PB.
RAMS are back on road almost exclusively until November with 4 of next 5 games on road, including designated home game in England.
RAMS QB Case Keenum figures to hold on to starting job a bit longer after efficient 18-30-239 performance in Week 2 with zero turnovers.
RAMS gained only 283 total yards in Week 2 and have converted only 6-of-27 third downs in first 2 games.
RAMS RB Todd Gurley had only 19-51 yards receiving (2.7 ypc) in Week 2.
RAMS WR Kenny Britt had 6-94 receiving on 10 targets in Week 2.
BUCS were soundly defeated in the desert 40-7 by the Cardinals with QB Jameis Winston looking awful after sizzling Week One debut.
BUCS Winston had a 39.2 passer rating in Week 2 after throwing 4 INTs and losing a fumble.
After gaining at least 350 yards in each of previous four games, BUCS were limited to 306 yards in Week 2 (only 21-85 rushing).
Check status of BUCS RB Doug Martin (injured hamstring in Week 2), WR Cecil Shorts (injured hamstring in Week 2), TE Luke Stecker (injured ankle in Week 2) and DE Robert Ayres (injured ankle in Week 2).
BUCS WR Mike Evans (6-70-1 receiving on 17 targets) needs 15 yards receiving to pass Lawrence Downey for fifth most in franchise history.
BUCS defense allowed Cardinals 416 yards, registered only one sack and forced zero turnovers in Week 2.