by Brian Bernstein
Los Angeles Rams (4-5)
Man, what a battle between two offensive juggernauts. Not.
The Rams marched into the Meadowlands and defeated the NY Jets a walloping 9-6 to keep their playoff picture alive.
The best offensive news was they owned the T.O.P (time of possession) and starting quarterback Case Keenum managed the game well enough to get the win. But they only scored three field goals all game.
The blue and gold are a one-dimensional team. All they have is a top-notch defense (which is a key factor in winning Super Bowls) and an offensive line dragging the team down.
Again, it’s not the quarterback that is holding them back; it’s their O-line. According to ESPN.com, the Rams are second to last in total yards per game, and dead last in points per game. Also, NFL.com shows them having given up the 10th most sacks this year with 23. So, until coach Jeff Fisher teams up with Dr. Sheldon Cooper (CBS’s Big Bang Theory reference) to solve the string theory equation that is his O-line, the Rams will struggle game in and game out.
The Rams return home Sunday to face the red hot Miami Dolphins who come in having won four straight.
Los Angeles Clippers (9-1)
Lets hear it Clippers fans. I’m ready for the “I told you so” and the “you were mistaken sir.” Lob City proved me wrong by going into Oklahoma City and beating the Thunder. However, I do get to say this… “BARELY!”
I mean, come on Clips. How do you almost lose with the Lawler Law at play? Timeout. What’s the Lawler Law? It’s a rule, or “law,” that states the first team to score 100 points will win the game, created by Clippers’ broadcaster Ralph Lawler.
LA was the first to 100, but then they gave up a game tying three-point shot to Russell Westbrook with under two-minutes remaining. I think it’s safe to say we all thought, “Oh no. Not again.” But the Clippers prevailed 110-108.
Enough with OKC, they’re in the past and the Clips got the win. It’s time to move on to the present where they Clippers are riding a six game winning streak and enter a stretch in their schedule where they do not leave the state of California for the next week.
Brooklyn rolls into town on Monday before they face the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Chicago Bulls.
Lob City goes 4-0 this week.
Los Angeles Lakers (5-4)
On an evening the entire country had their eyes glued to the TV on election night, the Lakers looked to keep their undefeated home record alive only to be Trump-ed by the Dallas Mavericks.
This young team is feisty. They never throw in the towel and give head coach Luke Walton all the credit in the world. After the loss to Dallas, they headed up to Sacramento for a date with the Kings that didn’t start off well. But like a nervous guy on a first date with a beautiful woman, let him knock down a couple of shots and things will change for the best. The Lakeshow found themselves down by 19 in the first quarter before fighting back to win 101-91.
This never die mentality is a great trait for any team to posses, however, showcasing it every night, not so much.
The Lakers left the state’s capital to split back-to-back outings in New Orleans and Minnesota. They beat Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, then lost the next night surrendering a career high 47-points to Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins. Both nights they fell behind early.
The Lakers have a grueling six game stretch that will be sure to test their character. They return home this week to face Brooklyn, San Antonio, and Chicago.