Even if it was a loss, at least the offense woke up and played after a very inauspicious start by Brian Hoyer. The defense that played so well against the Seahawks pulled a no-show against the once-lowly Rams, who seemed to have channeled the spirit of the 1981 49ers, and their GM John McVay in his grandson Sean. The Rams converted 8-12 3rd downs, and the middle of the field was seemingly wide open every time Todd Gurley came out of the backfield. Infuriating to say the least as Ray Ray Armstrong spent too much time neglecting his zone responsibilities and running around in circles and wey out of position.
But the offense, led by Pierre Garcon and his 7 catches for 142 yards kept the Niners in the game until a killer non-existent offensive pass interference call in Trent Taylor killed a promising drive to win the game late.
Good news is we get 10 days off, and the reports are out there that Reuben Foster may come back a little early from his high ankle sprain. That would be welcome news for a defense that looked tired from the Seattle effort and a short week to recover from that game.
Next up is yet another divisional game against the AZ Cardinals. A team that looks fairly lost itself with their loss to Deetroit, and a squeaker of a win over the Colts. Unless they somehow beat the Cowboys, they’ll be at 1-2 with Seattle.
Strange year so far in the NFC West.