Why the Rams are playing ‘The Big Bang Theory’ again
It’s the same old same old: “Big Bang Theory.”
The Rams are in their seventh season in Los Angeles, the team they bought for $2 billion in 2013, and they’ve got a couple of new stars.
Here are five things we learned about the Rams from the first season on the schedule.
The Rams had a few key additions, but not enough to make the playoffs The Rams finished 12th in the NFC West, 12th overall, and 21st in points allowed per game.
That was despite a good offense and some talented veterans like Robert Quinn and Kenny Britt.
They also finished second in the NFL in total defense.
But even with all that success, they were just 0-2 in the playoffs.
They didn’t win a playoff game this year.
The NFL average playoff win percentage for the Rams is a little under 60 percent, so their regular-season record was a bit of an outlier.
That doesn’t mean they didn’t make the postseason, though.
They were 8-4 in the wild-card round and 3-3 in the divisional round.
That’s not an easy feat.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Year.
But they were also a wild-cards favorite to win the NFC East, which was not an ideal situation.
In the division, the Rams were 10-5 and led the Eagles by one touchdown at the end of the first half.
Goff completed 17 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
But the Rams didn’t get their first touchdown until the third quarter.
The Eagles converted four third-and-inches to end Goff’s day.
Goff was sacked twice in the first quarter, and the Rams lost their next two drives, scoring the next two points.
Goff threw for 473 yards and five touchdowns on 46 attempts.
The final score was 24-20, with the Eagles going for a tying touchdown late in the third period.
Goff’s passer rating was 91.4, which ranked him in the top five of quarterbacks this season.
That included a 99.3 mark on the year.
And he was one of the best passers in the league.
The third-year pro finished with 972 passing yards, including 1,906 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
The 6-foot-5, 217-pound Goff is one of three quarterbacks to have at least 1,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing in a season, joining Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.
Goff is the only Rams quarterback to throw for 1,500 yards in a single season since 1999.
He threw for 1.2 yards per attempt in that one game, and was 7-for-8 for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Goff didn’t lead his team to a playoff win, but he was still productive.
The first year of this Rams dynasty was tough to watch Rams fans were treated to a lot of hype in 2017.
They lost eight games in a row, which included losing two straight by double digits.
The worst stretch of the year came in Week 1, when the Rams went 0-6 in the season finale.
Goff led the Rams to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost 28-24 to the Denver Broncos.
He completed 28 of 42 passes for 553 yards and four touchdowns.
The season was over.
But Goff’s rookie season was supposed to be about building on that momentum.
Instead, he was on the brink of being the Rams’ savior.
After trading away Jared Goff in February, the Chargers brought in former quarterback Josh McCown, who had just won the Super Bowl.
The Chargers finished 3-9 in 2017, but the Rams made the playoffs by virtue of their second consecutive NFC Championship.
Goff played well in the regular season and even improved his accuracy and play-calling in the postseason.
Goff has become a much better quarterback and has a higher completion percentage this season, which is a huge plus.
Jared Goff is a good quarterback, but it’s not enough The Rams signed Goff to be a long-term starter.
He’s done that, but this was the first year in a long time that he wasn’t a first-round pick.
He was a first overall pick, but even if you were hoping he would be a franchise quarterback, it wasn’t going to be enough.
He has improved his play and accuracy over the course of his rookie season.
But he’s not yet the quarterback that the Rams envisioned.
He still has plenty of work to do to become that guy.
Goff had a good start to his NFL career, but his numbers have fallen off over the last year or so.
Goff finished the regular-year season with 2,732 passing yards and 25 touchdowns.
He finished the season with 11 interceptions.
That number was tied for fourth in the entire NFL.
But that’s not even the worst part of the issue.
He had a bad year with two fumbles and two fumbled returns in the final three games of the