Rams-49ers takeaways: Bad resolution, dangerous dashing, dangerous penalties

The Rams dropped to 3-4 after shedding to the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

Right here’s what we discovered from the Rams’ defeat:

Play shouldn’t have been referred to as for Kupp

The Rams trailed by 17 factors with lower than 90 seconds left when Sean McVay referred to as for a third-down cross that resulted in an ankle harm suffered by Cooper Kupp, the reigning NFL offensive participant of the 12 months.

“I’m kicking myself for not running the football again,” McVay stated. “But I’m hopeful that he’s OK.”

Kupp’s six-yard reception was the final of his eight catches. He completed with 79 yards receiving and a landing.

“I know he feels bad about that,” Kupp stated when informed that McVay second-guessed the late play name. “But … you’re playing a football game. You’re calling plays. It’s third down, let’s get a first down.

“So I’m obviously not holding anything against him in that regard. It’s a violent random game and you play as hard as you possibly can until the fourth quarter hits zero.”

Nobody questions Kupp’s competitiveness. That was a silly name by his coach.

Rams haven’t any dashing assault

Wait, we already knew this.

However the absence in opposition to the 49ers was much more stark.

With Cam Akers banished from the stadium because the Rams try to commerce him, McVay began apply squad call-up Ronnie Rivers. Darrell Henderson carried the ball solely 4 occasions.

McVay all however deserted jet sweeps for Kupp and receivers Brandon Powell and Ben Skowronek.

The Rams rushed for 56 yards.

No matter occurred to McVay and his employees’s oft-repeated philosophy to make opponents defend “every blade of grass?”

McCaffrey price each draft decide it price 49ers

The 49ers outbid the Rams for Christian McCaffrey in a commerce with the Carolina Panthers.

Possibly — no, make that completely — the Rams ought to have upped the ante to make sure they landed one of many NFL’s most versatile gamers.

How versatile?

McCaffrey rushed for a landing, caught a landing cross and handed for a landing.

Gamers misplaced their cool and it price the Rams

Linebacker Ernest Jones was flagged for pointless roughness after a catch by McCaffrey on the ultimate play of the third quarter. A seven-yard cross play turned a 22-yard achieve that sparked the 49ers throughout a drive that ended with a landing for a 24-14 lead.

In the course of the ensuing collection, Rams receiver Allen Robinson caught a six-yard cross for a primary down however was flagged for taunting, leading to a nine-yard loss. The collection ended with a punt, and the 49ers drove for his or her closing landing.

Receiver Jefferson was a decoy

After recovering from knee surgical procedure carried out throughout coaching camp, Van Jefferson performed for the primary time this season.

He was within the beginning lineup and performed 31 of 58 snaps.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford focused Jefferson precisely zero occasions.

“I’m just happy to be back,” Jefferson stated.

Floyd can nonetheless sack quarterbacks

Leonard Floyd went six video games and not using a sack, an embarrassing efficiency by an edge rusher who averaged 10 sacks in every of the final two seasons.

Final week, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris stated he anticipated Floyd to get alternatives and make the most of them sooner somewhat than later.

On Sunday, Floyd sacked 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo twice throughout one first-half collection.

Floyd stated it felt good to lastly hit a quarterback.

“I wish we would have won though,” he stated. “It would have felt better.”