The losing streak is still alive and well for the Los Angeles Rams. No, I am not describing the two-game skid the Rams are facing heading into the Week 11 Bye. What I am referring to is the five-game losing streak to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Rams haven’t defeated the 49ers since 2018. The five-game losing streak is their longest to the 49ers since 2008-2010. The 31-10 loss completely overshadowed the highly anticipated debut’s of Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr.
In a contest that did not have many standouts (at least in a good way) let’s take a look at whose stock either soared or plummeted in the embarrassing loss in the Bay on Monday night.
Let’s get the positive out of the way first — Higbee was able to haul in the lone touchdown for the Los Angeles Rams in this matchup — however, that is where the good turns bad quickly.
The former Western Kentucky product helped put the 49ers up 14-0 early in this contest, as his first dropped pass led to a pick-six. His second dropped pass on a crucial third-down also killed any momentum of a Rams (unlikely) comeback.
Higbee’s 48.9 PFF grade was the lowest on the offense, which is saying something for a player who was involved in the only score for the Rams on Monday night. His three catches were tied for second on the team in this contest, which shows the true state of how abysmal this offense truly played at Levi’s Stadium.
49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel had his way with the Los Angeles Rams secondary on Monday night, and this was no fault of Jalen Ramsey. As Samuel slashed his way through the Rams secondary all night, one player he luckily was able to avoid for much of the contest was Jalen Ramsey.
Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has been shifting the versatile All-Pro corner between playing inside and outside. Doing this shows the ability of the flexible star cornerback, but exposes the weaknesses and inability of what resides at the cornerback position outside of No. 5.
Ramsey broke up two passes and recorded a tackle for loss. He was draped over any receiver he covered on Monday. Nevertheless, he could not be at two places at once. The defense was ran ragged by a 49ers team not known for having a strong offense. The much needed bye week should hopefully give Morris the time to tweak his play-calling, and also think about using Ramsey to cover opposing team’s top receivers in one-on-one matchups.
With Robert Woods tearing his ACL, the onus was on Van Jefferson to step up and deliver. Apparently, Jefferson did not get the memo in a much-needed divisional game.
Just like Higbee before him, he dropped two passes, one which would have surely resulted in a score for the Los Angeles Rams. Out of the seven times he was targeted, he only made three catches. In a part he was auditioning for, he surely did not land the role.
Now that Beckham Jr. will have another week to practice and get more familiar with the playbook, it seems that he’ll be the number two option outside of Cooper Kupp. Jefferson has time to learn and get better, but now with Beckham jr. in the mix, this lackluster performance will surely affect his target share going forward.
Here we are again praising the outside linebacker who is technically a ‘rotational’ player. Okoronkwo has taken huge strides this season. He continues to show why he deserves a spot in the Los Angeles Rams pass rush rotation.
Although he did not get to the quarterback, Okoronkwo still played well. In the limited snap counts he received, he recorded second-highest PFF grade on the team after Jalen Ramsey. He made three total tackles and had two big stops in the running game.
With outside linebacker Von Miller added recently, it is hard to see Okoronkwo receive a high number of snaps. However, with his continued spectacular play, the burden of this Rams team to get Okoronkwo on the field is crucial to revitalizing this season.