Despite unexpected losses to the 49ers and the Texans, the New England Patriots entered Thursday Night Football at 6-6, with a realistic chance to make the playoffs. The first step would be defeating the Los Angeles Rams. Sean McVay has once again produced one of the best-coached teams in the NFL, who sat at 8-4 ahead of Thursday.
SportsCastr News NFL’s Adam Armbrecht, Lawrence Owen, and Ray Rauth provided the pre and postgame coverage for the Super Bowl rematch on Thursday Night. In his prediction, Ray Rauth believed that either Aaron Donald and the Rams would blow out the Patriots, or New England would win by a small margin. The former turned out to be the case, as the Rams came away with a 24-3 win.
Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels was unable to find a way to get Cam Newton going. For the third straight game, the former MVP threw for under 120 yards. On their SportsCastr stream, Adam and Lawrence believed that McDaniels may be on the hot seat after another poor offensive game.
For the Rams, Cam Akers and the Rams defense provided the punch needed. The SportsCastr News NFL team commended rookie running back Cam Akers, who ran for 171 yards on 29 carries. With six sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown, Michael Brockers and the Los Angeles defense kept the pressure on Newton throughout the night.
With the loss, the Patriots are most likely out of the playoff discussion. Even if they were to finish 9-7, it is unlikely they would end up ahead of the many teams in the AFC race like the Dolphins, Ravens, and Raiders. For the Rams, they now sit at 9-4, likely to be tied with the Seahawks for the divisional lead heading into a Week 15 matchup that will determine the division leader.