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Two weeks ago it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Los Angeles Rams would easily get home field advantage and a first-round bye in the playoffs. But after two straight mistake-filled losses, the New Orleans Saints are two wins away from clinching home field, and now the Rams' bye is in jeopardy. 


Most of these problems have stemmed from the offense, a unit that once looked historically dominant this season. 

Rams quarterback Jared Goff's cumulative stats (55 percent completion, 726 yards, one touchdown, seven interceptions, six sacks, three fumbles, 5.5 yards per attempt) over the last three games are certainly worrisome for the Rams as they march towards January. Prior to December, Goff had just six interceptions and was averaging 9.3 yards per attempt. 


Before Sunday's loss to the Eagles it appeared that this was simply a case of playing poorly on the road, but then the Rams came back to the L.A. Coliseum and lost there for the first time all season. Now there's no telling how poorly Goff could continue to play, particularly if he keeps getting pressured as heavily as he has been.

In December, Goff's stats have regressed back to the level of his rookie year with Jeff Fisher; last season he had 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions in the month of December. 


Whatever happens, the Rams are still in the playoffs as NFC West champs. But if Goff doesn't figure something out over the next few weeks, their stay in the playoffs isn't going to be very long.


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