2021-12-05
Jacksonville Jaguars
Los Angeles Rams
League : NFL

Los Angeles Rams vs Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Jacksonville Jaguars, losers of three straight games after their huge upset win over the Bills, travel to Los Angeles to take on a Rams team that has also lost three in a row. Jacksonville has yet to win a road game this season while the Rams are hoping to re-establish themselves as a team that can compete for the Super Bowl. Game time is set for 4:05 PM EST.

 

Jags on a down turn.

Just four weeks ago, the Jaguars were the talk of the NFL after upsetting the team many considered the best in the AFC, the Buffalo Bills. The Jags stood at 2-6 and seemed to have taken an upswing on what has been a difficult season. Since then, Jacksonville has dropped three more in a row and tied for last in the AFC South. Their latest loss, a 21-14 home loss to the Falcons, was a turnover-filled mess.

 

Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence continues to go through growing pains in his rookie season. He completed 23-of-42 passes for 228 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Lawrence wasn't able to get the ball downfield very well, however, averaging only 5.4 yards per completion. Lawrence also rushed 5 times for 38 yards on the day.

"It's frustrating," Lawrence said. "Our defense two times has put us in a situation to go win the game and haven't been able to do it. So we've just got to get better and go make those plays in the biggest moments. I know we can do it, but we've got to go do it and that starts with me."

Along with Lawrence's interception, the Jaguars lost a fumble when RB James Robinson coughed it up on just the third series of the game. Jacksonville almost got by with giving up just a field goal but a penalty on the field goal led to a Cordarrelle Patterson touchdown run. Patterson ran for a career-high 108 yards against the Jacksonville defense.

"He was just taking the hole that was open," Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen said. "He did a good job finding those holes and making the best of them."

The Jaguars will now head to Los Angeles to face the Rams and old friend CB Jalen Ramsey, their former first-round pick in 2016 who they traded to LA in 2019.

 

All In or Falling Out?

Just three weeks ago, the Rams were being applauded for going 'all in' and trading for Von Miller to fortify their defense. A week after that, they signed Odell Beckham Jr. to strengthen their passing game. Since that time, the Rams have dropped three straight games, lost starting wideout and glue player Robert Woods and now look like a team that will be lucky to end up the 7th seed in the NFC playoffs.

 

The Rams' latest loss came at the hands of Green Bay on Sunday. Injured Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ran for one touchdown and threw for two more in the Packers convincing 36-28 victory. The Rams scored 11 fourth-quarter points to make it closer, but it wasn't enough to overcome their three turnovers in the game. Green Bay would score 16 points off of those three turnovers.

"Pretty self-explanatory, kind of a lot of the same narratives," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "We turn the ball over too many times. You can't get behind against a good football team like that. I do love the way that our guys continue to battle.

QB Matt Stafford continued his shaky play of late. Despite throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, Stafford lost a fumble and threw a pick-six. It was the third straight game in which Stafford has thrown a pick-six, all losses. Playing with a sore back, Beckham Jr. had five catches for 81 yards with a 54-yard touchdown in his second game as a Ram. It was not enough to overcome their many miscues on the day.

"We're going to continue to learn from these things, that's the only thing that you can do," McVay said. "But we've got to stop with some of these self-inflicted wounds."







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