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The Los Angeles Rams are still one of the most explosive teams in the NFL, a group that clinched the NFC West earlier this month and has the inside track on clinching a first-round bye in the playoffs.
But the past three weeks have been a struggle.
With a 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, the Rams are now sitting at 11-3 and have lost back-to-back games for the first time since coach Sean McVay took over in 2017. And since their impressive shootout win over the Kansas City Chiefs and subsequent bye week, there have been some glaring statistical differences.
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Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Rams’ struggles in recent weeks.
212: Penalty yards incurred by the Rams over the past three weeks, which is 70.7 penalty yards per game — an increase of 21 yards per game from their previous average of 49.4.
76: Running back Todd Gurley’s combined rushing yards over the past two weeks, his worst two-week rushing output since 2015. (However, Gurley was briefly injured Sunday night, and he did run for 132 yards and two scores against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 2.)
66.8: Quarterback Jared Goff’s quarterback rating Sunday against the Eagles — the third week in a row that he’s failed to eclipse 70.
54: The number of points the Rams scored in a thrilling win over the Chiefs on Nov. 19.
59: The number of points they’ve scored in three games since.
29.2%: The Rams’ third-down conversion rate over the past two games — a drop of 15 percentage points from the first 12 games of the season (44.4%).
6: The number of interceptions that Goff threw in the first 11 games of the regular-season, in 381 pass attempts.
7: Goff’s interception total in the past three games, in just 131 attempts.
1: How many touchdown passes Goff has thrown in the past three weeks.
1: How many sacks the Rams’ defense has recorded in the past two weeks.
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Source: “Los Angeles” – Google News