September 21, 2021

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Jared Goff’s 517 passing yards not enough to stave…

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Jared Goff's 517 passing yards not enough to stave...

LOS ANGELES — Before Sunday’s game, the Los Angeles Rams did not express concern when asked if their Week 4 matchup against the one-win Tampa Bay Buccaneers amounted to a trap game, sandwiched between an emotional Week 3 win over the Cleveland Browns and before a Week 5 division matchup on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks.

But now, on a short week of a preparation, the Rams must figure out how to deliver a consistent performance on offense and regroup on defense after a 54-40 loss to the Bucs that drops the Rams to 3-1 this season.

“It’s a wake-up call for everybody,” Rams coach Sean McVay said after the game.

QB breakdown: Jared Goff became the 23rd quarterback to pass for more than 500 yards in a game and the first to do so since Tom Brady passed for 505 yards in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. But it wasn’t enough. Goff did not mince words throughout the week when asked about the offense’s subpar performance through the season’s first three weeks. They just need to play better, Goff said: “That’s the bottom line.” But against the Bucs, Goff had another uneven outing. The fourth-year quarterback, who signed a four-year extension with $110 million guaranteed before the season, completed a career-high 45 passes on 68 attempts for a career-best 517 yards and two touchdowns, with three interceptions. Goff also was strip sacked with 1 minute, 6 seconds remaining, with the chance to tie. “We need to execute better on offense and I need to execute better personally,” Goff said.

Goff threw interceptions on back-to-back drives in the second quarter that the Bucs converted into touchdowns and a 21-0 lead. In the third quarter, Goff felt pressure up the middle and attempted to squeeze a pass to running back Malcolm Brown that was also picked off. And in the fourth quarter, with the chance to lead a game-tying drive with under two minutes to play, Goff was sacked and fumbled, as former teammate Ndamukong Suh scooped and scored to secure the win.

“There’s going to be lot of things we can go back and look at,” McVay said. “I loved the way that he continued to battle, took some shots, continued to respond.”

Goff threw two interceptions in Week 3 against the Browns, giving him consecutive games with multiple thrown interceptions for the second time in his career, and the first since 2016, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

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