It qualifies as greater than a dry spell, goes nicely past a drought.
The Rams haven’t intercepted a cross or recovered a fumble of their final 4 video games — all defeats. They have one turnover of their final eight video games.
Safety Nick Scott intercepted a tipped cross in an Oct. 16 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Since then, zilch for the Rams protection.
“It seems like forever,” Scott stated Thursday. “Seems like a season ago.”
The defending Super Bowl-champion Rams are 3-7 and getting ready to elimination from playoff competition for a lot of causes.
The most evident is an offense that has scored 16.8 factors a recreation, which ranks twenty ninth amongst 32 NFL groups. And with quarterback Matthew Stafford sidelined once more as a result of he’s in concussion protocol, and star receiver Cooper Kupp out for no less than three extra video games whereas recovering from ankle surgical procedure, it’s not on observe to enhance.
Yet the protection has not helped itself or the offense, failing to create turnovers that may have produced momentum, advantageous subject place or fast factors.
The Rams have intercepted solely 5 passes and recovered solely three fumbles. Their minus-7 turnover differential ranks thirtieth within the league.
“It is bothersome,” defensive coordinator Raheem Morris stated of the shortage of turnovers, including, “The few times when the technique and opportunity met, we haven’t been able to cash in.
“I told the guys … ‘You’ve got to need a turnover like you need oxygen … like we need air.’ That’s our life force.”
The protection has been gasping nearly all the season.
In a season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Troy Hill and out of doors linebacker Terrell Lewis intercepted passes and the Rams recovered two fumbles.
The subsequent week in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons, the Rams recovered a fumble, rookie cornerback Decobie Durant returned an interception 51 yards, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey clinched a victory with a late interception.
The Rams didn’t create a turnover within the subsequent three video games.
Scott’s interception in opposition to the Panthers ended the streak. The Rams haven’t capitalized on a possible mistake since.
“We can’t talk about not getting them without talking about the missed opportunities,” Morris stated, “the close but no cigar type of things.”
Linebacker Bobby Wagner performed 10 seasons for Seattle Seahawks defenses identified for aggressiveness and creating turnovers. He stated gamers who excel at intercepting passes or forcing fumbles share a trait.
“They’re just obsessed with trying to find ways to get the ball,” he stated, “and that’s kind of what we have to do.”
The Rams’ subsequent alternative comes Sunday in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs and star quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes has handed for 28 touchdowns, with seven interceptions. The Chiefs have misplaced six fumbles.
Mahomes will not be shy about taking possibilities. He delivers passes from all angles and creates issues for defenses by operating.
“It could be an opportunity for more interceptions — or it could not,” Scott stated. “He’s a guy that scrambles and makes a lot of plays on the run, and sometimes that involves a little bit of risk when you’re throwing at crazy arm angles and things like that.”
The Rams had a jog-through Thursday morning that was not open to reporters. … Quarterback John Wolford (neck) was a full participant, in response to the Rams’ damage report. Coach Sean McVay and offensive coordinator Liam Coen have stated that Bryce Perkins and Wolford will each get work earlier than they determined upon a starter for Sunday’s recreation. Center Brian Allen (thumb) and offensive lineman Ty Nsehke (ankle) didn’t take part. Tight finish Tyler Higbee (knee), receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), offensive lineman Matt Skura (knee) and linebacker Travin Howard (hip) had been restricted.