The high in Los Angeles was 71 degrees with a low of 64. There was a trace of rain.
The date was Oct. 16, 2022. The Carolina Panthers took on the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium for a 1:25 p.m. kickoff. The crowd was listed as sellout: 71,500 fans. (Every NFL game is reported as a sellout but isn’t really).
Wide receiver Robbie Anderson made a scene on the sideline for the Panthers, who were playing for new coach Steve Wilks after the Panthers fired Matt Rhule. Christian McCaffrey gained 158 yards for the Panthers, but the Rams were much better and won 24-10. The Rams improved to 3-3. The Panthers fell to 1-5.
Six weeks – 51 days later – to be exact, that entire sentence seems ridiculous.
The Rams are 0-6 since that game. The Panthers are 3-3.
Anderson now plays for the Cardinals. McCaffrey plays for the 49ers. Rhule is now the coach at the (checks notes) the University of Nebraska.
Basically no one left plays for the Rams. No Matthew Stafford at quarterback. He has a spinal contusion. (Ouch). No Cooper Kupp at wide receiver. He has a bum ankle. Even ironman Aaron Donald has missed a game.
Six weeks. 51 days.
Here are just some of the things that have happened in the world since the Rams last won a football game:
Rams Numbers Game
I’d list all the different offensive linemen who have played for the Rams in the losing streak, but we’d be here forever.
In the last six weeks, the Rams have scored 97 points. They’ve thrown for 913 yards and ran for 693. Pitiful.
Now, let’s compare.
McCaffrey, who was on the field the last time the Rams won a game, has 307 yards rushing and 282 yards receiving by himself for the 49ers since coming over in the trade.
The Seahawks have thrown for 1,997 yards and run for 788 yards in the same six weeks.
The Cardinals have scored 150 points and gained 1,941 yards as a team during the Rams losing streak.
More Rams By The Numbers
Thursday night, the NFL is going to inflict the Rams on the national television audience when they play the Las Vegas Raiders. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has 670 yards in the last six games alone.
If you took those 670 yards, that would more than double the Rams current leading rusher: Cam Akers with 334. And that’s just in those six games.
Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp hasn’t played in three weeks. He’s still the Rams leading wide receiver in yards and receptions.
This is the longest Rams losing streak since the final six games of the 2016 season, when Jeff Fisher was fired and John Fassel was the interim coach for the final three games.
The last time the Rams lost seven games in a row? 2011, when they were the St. Louis Rams and coached by Steve Spagnuolo.
Happy Birthday Rams
Five different Rams have had birthdays since the win over the Panthers.
- Quarterback John Wolford turned 27 (Oct. 16).
- Defensive back Shaun Jolly turned 24 (Oct. 17).
- Defensive back Jalen Ramsey turned 28 (Oct. 24).
- Offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe turned 37 (Oct. 27).
- Linebacker Ernest Jones turned 23 (Nov. 22).
Happy Birthday you guys.
After Week 6, your NFL division leaders were the Bills, Ravens, Titans, Chiefs in the AFC and in the NFC it was the Eagles, Vikings, Bucs and 49ers.
Today? It’s the same, except the Bengals are tied with the Ravens for the lead in the AFC North.
Let’s Play Two
Ahh, yes, the day before the Rams beat the Panthers, the Los Angeles Dodgers finished the MLB regular season with 111 wins. They had a first-round playoff bye before meeting the San Diego Padres in the divisional round.
Everyone thought the Dodgers were a lock to make the World Series.
Don’t look Dodger fans.
The Padres beat the Dodgers three games to one.
So much for the Dodgers.
The Houston Astros won the World Series four games to two over the Philadelphia Phillies, clinching it on Nov. 5.
The Rams still hadn’t won a game by then.
MLB free agency just started. The Dodgers resigned Clayton Kershaw. The Mets got Justin Verlander. The Rangers got Jacob DeGrom.
The Rams still haven’t won a game.
Hoop It Up
The NBA season started Oct. 16 and is a fourth of the way done and the Rams still haven’t won a game. The Los Angeles Lakers started 2-10 but are now 10-12 and suddenly showing some life behind Anthony Davis.
The Clippers are 14-11, just about what everyone expected.
The Other Futbol Team
The news hasn’t all been bad in Los Angeles sports for the last 51 days. LAFC won the MLS Cup Nov. 5 in one of the wildest soccer games you’ve ever seen.
You really should have watched.
LAFC and the Philadelphia Union combined for four goals in the last seven minutes of regulation and extra time, with Gareth Bale scoring in the 128th minute to send the game to a penalty shootout. LAFC won the shootout 3-0.
We had mid-term elections. No one voted for the Rams.
Elon Musk took over Twitter for a cool $44 billion and caused chaos.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had an opening weekend when it earned $331 million worldwide. It’s still in movie theatres now. I need to go see it.
Who says things don’t last?
Last week at SoFi Stadium the Rams lost to the Seahawks 27-23. The crowd was announced as a sellout: 71,500.