Rams Still In The Running, Could Chase Down Seahawks

The Rams, who have won three of four, beat the Bears on Sunday Night Football

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 18, 2019 - 9:13 am
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The Los Angeles Rams beat the Chicago Bears 17-7 on Sunday Night Football, as Todd Gurley carried a season-high 25 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, while adding three catches for 36 yards through the air. It was a vintage Gurley performance, as the Rams (6-4) have won three of four.

“Without Brandin Cooks, without Robert Woods, with a tight end corps that was banged up, with a new-look offensive line, with a rookie at tackle, they were running out of options,” Ventura County Star Rams reporter Joe Curley said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think they were kind of forced to use some of this Todd Gurley that they had been saving up, and it paid off. Todd Gurley showed us tonight that if he’s asked to carry the load, he can still do it.”

The Rams have struggled offensively this season. After averaging 32.9 points per game last year – second in the NFL – the Rams are averaging 24.3 points, which ranks 12th.

“They’re not what they’ve been,” Curley said. “But I do think when you look at some of these performances defensively, they’ve picked up the slack. I think the last couple of weeks they’ve looked really strong, especially since they’ve added Jalen Ramsey. When they made the move for Ramsey, they turned over the entire secondary besides Eric Weddle. I think they’ve adapted.”

The Rams have allowed an average of 11.0 points over their last four games.

“They’re a more balanced team,” Curley said. “They’re adjusting, they’re finding ways to win and I think they’re going to stick around in this race at least until December and adapt and put themselves in a position to continue to win going into next year. So they’re not the team they’ve been, but they still have shown ways that they can win.”

The Rams remain two games behind Seattle (8-2) and two-and-a-half games behind San Francisco (9-1) with six games to go. They host Baltimore on Monday Night Football on Nov. 25. at 8:15 p.m. ET.

“They may have enough to chase down Seattle,” Curley said. “Certainly a big ask, but for one more week at least they’re still in the running.”