Rams takeaways: Baker Mayfield underneath extra strain in Game 2

The Inexperienced Bay Packers defeated the Rams 24-12 on Monday night time at Lambeau Area in Inexperienced Bay, Wis., formally eliminating the defending Tremendous Bowl champions from the playoffs.

What we discovered from a loss that dropped the Rams’ report to 4-10:

Baker Mayfield is mortal

C’mon, now. Even with 10 days of preparation as a substitute of two, it actually would have been an excessive amount of to ask for Mayfield to engineer a dramatic comeback victory two video games in a row.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) confers with Rams coach Sean McVay.

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However he was positioned to make it occur when the Rams acquired the ball early within the fourth quarter trailing 24-12.

Mayfield, nonetheless, was hit whereas trying a go, and Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas intercepted. The Rams acquired the ball again with slightly below 11 minutes left however didn’t capitalize on a pass-interference penalty that netted 40 yards.

Mayfield did make some good throws on third-and-long conditions. He was sacked 5 occasions, however on a number of he stepped up within the pocket to ship a go after which failed to take action.

Sean McVay has issues defeating buddies

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan isn’t the one McVay buddy little question driving the hypercompetitive Rams coach nuts.

McVay dropped to 0-3 towards Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who labored as an assistant alongside McVay in Washington after which served as McVay’s first offensive coordinator with the Rams in 2017.

The Rams misplaced to the Packers within the NFC divisional-round playoffs of the 2020 season, and likewise in a November sport final season.

Rams running back Cam Akers (3) gives Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) a straight arm.

Rams operating again Cam Akers (3) offers Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) a straight arm. Akers ran 12 occasions for 65 yards.

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Operating again Cam Akers appears to be like higher

Akers, exiled by McVay for greater than two weeks earlier this season, rushed for 65 yards in 12 carries, and likewise caught three passes for 35 yards.

Is Akers again in McVay’s good graces or are the Rams making an attempt to showcase Akers to spur the commerce no workforce would chunk on on the commerce deadline?

McVay has spoken about wanting to judge rookie Kyren Williams however he acquired solely two carries for seven yards and was not focused for a go.

Aaron Donald can play 12 video games and make Professional Bowl

Donald didn’t journey to Inexperienced Bay due to a high-ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the final three video games. Is there any purpose for the star defensive lineman to return?

However Donald, a three-time NFL participant of the yr, was chosen to the Professional Bowl for the ninth consecutive season, making him 9 for 9 since he was chosen with the thirteenth choose within the 2014 NFL draft.

Donald has 5 sacks this season, 103 in his profession.

Leonard Floyd making his presence felt

It’s taken awhile however Floyd is approaching and making a run at amassing greater than 10 sacks for the second time in three seasons with the Rams.

Floyd had gone three video games with out a sack earlier than he sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice, growing his season whole to seven.

Floyd’s first-quarter sack compelled the Packers to accept a subject purpose. Within the fourth quarter, his sack compelled the Packers to punt, giving Mayfield an opportunity to guide a doable comeback.

Floyd had 10½ sacks in 2020 and 9½ in 2021.

Taylor Rapp (24) cuts away from Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) after an interception in the first half.

Taylor Rapp (24) cuts away from Packers operating again AJ Dillon (28) after an interception within the first half.

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Taylor Rapp on an interception scorching streak

Rapp intercepted an overthrown go by Rodgers late within the first quarter.

It was Rapp’s second interception in as many video games. The fourth-year professional picked off a go by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback David Carr to seal a 17-16 victory.

Rapp had a career-best 4 interceptions in 2021. He has eight in his profession. A second-round draft choose in 2019, he’s within the last yr of his rookie contract.

Kicker Matt Homosexual is just not infallible

Homosexual, a Professional Bowl choice final season, kicked 33- and 55-yard subject objectives within the second quarter. The second tied Homosexual for the third longest at Lambeau Area, based on ESPN.

It additionally was solely the third subject purpose of greater than 50 yards at Lambeau Area with temperatures underneath 25 levels, based on the Rams.

Homosexual, nonetheless, missed an extra-point try within the third quarter, his first miss in 24 makes an attempt this season.