By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78
New Orleans Saints 45 – LA Rams 35
It was inevitable. We said last week that the odds of going 16-0 were almost impossible. However, what a great game this was!
While New Orleans was dominant early, the Rams put on an amazing comeback in the second half, tying the game with 21 unanswered points.
While the final result wasn’t what Rams fans were hoping for, we can be reassured in knowing that no deficit is too big for this team to overcome. It’s just one game and the Rams still have the best record in football, sitting tied with the Chiefs at 8-1.
So…they lost. They’re no longer undefeated. They were the last undefeated to fall. However, despite the loss, there are easily more positives to point to than negatives. Personally, I think this loss came at a good time. Midway through the season at 7-0, it would be easy to become overly confident or (gasp!) complacent, but a loss keeps the team humble…and hungry.
It also shows the team, and us fans, that the Rams can play in tough environments. New Orleans is one of the top stadiums in terms of adversity for visiting teams and look how well the Rams did! The Rams are still in sole possession of the best record in the NFC and can very easily win the No. 1 overall seed.
Quarterback Jared Goff was this close to winning this game for LA. He played incredibly well. Although they lost, Goff proved what an elite QB he is. He completed 28 of 40 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns, throwing just one interception. A close game, Goff was able to go toe-to-toe with Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.
The usual issue was still an issue in the loss. Yup! You know I’m going to say cornerback Marcus Peters. So many of us have been yelling at our screens to bench him, but it seems that Sean McVay still has confidence in him.
“I think the biggest thing is, each situation based on the coverage, what is his responsibility within the framework of that call? What are we asking of him? He’s a guy that we have a lot of confidence in,” McVay said Monday during his press conference. After the game, Peters admitted he’s been playing poorly and knows he must play better.
Marcus Peters said he got beat on the touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, and that he does not think he has played well the last few weeks. He owned it, and appeared dedicated to fixing it. pic.twitter.com/BFL2suCnmG
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 5, 2018
The Rams play the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. It’s a home game which is infinitely better than playing in their stadium, but I’m always nervous when facing QB Russell Wilson. I DO think the Rams are the superior team, but I’ve watched the Seahawks beat my teams way too often to count them out.
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