For the second week in a row, the Rams were missing several starters due to COVID-19, being without Rob Havenstein, Tyler Higbee and Jordan Fuller on Tuesday night against the Seahawks. But even with those absences, the Rams managed to beat Seattle 20-10 at home.
It was their third straight win and improved their record to 10-4, matching the Cardinals in the NFC West race.
It was a very important win for the Rams as they attempt to win the division and earn a home playoff game, moving one step closer to making that a reality. Here’s what we learned from the Week 15 victory.
Rams have shown resilience during challenging two-game stretch
Against the Cardinals last week, the Rams were without Brian Allen due to a knee injury, as well as Rob Havenstein, Tyler Higbee, Jalen Ramsey, Dont’e Deayon and others due to COVID-19. They got some players back from COVID reserve before Tuesday’s game against the Seahawks, but they still had to play without Havenstein, Higbee and Jordan Fuller – three players who hardly ever miss a single snap.
Yet the Rams escaped this difficult two-game stretch with two wins over division rivals, pulling into a tie with the Cardinals at the top of the NFC West. It was an incredible display of resilience and toughness – both physically and mentally – to overcome a bizarre week with their first practice coming on Saturday.
For a team that some have called “soft,” this win over the Seahawks was anything but that. The Rams looked good and played a physical style of football on offense despite holding a more relaxed week of practices.
Matthew Stafford didn’t let mistakes pile up
When Stafford threw an interception on the Rams’ second drive of the game, it looked like they were in for another disappointing performance against a lesser opponent. It was an ugly throw that he badly underthrew after Cooper Kupp looked open over the top of the defense.
But as terrible as it was – something he admitted himself after the game – Stafford…