Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams have been outgained by 763 yards through three games.
At this rate, opponents would outgain the Rams by 4,069 yards over a full season. The 16-game total would come out to 3,237 yards for the Rams and 7,307 yards for their opponents. The chart compares current stats to the 16-game projections.
Rams coach Scott Linehan: "The expectation is that the defense in the third year of a system with, I would say, everyone that is playing for us was hand-picked by us. We're at the no-excuse time."
As for the offense? Bad. Some perspective: In 2007, the 49ers' last-ranked offense gained 3,797 yards, or 237.3 yards per game. The Rams are averaging 202.3 yards per game.
The Rams blamed their 2007 season on injuries. I saw their point. They've had a few this season as well, but that isn't the issue with this team. We are seeing no fire. Seattle jumped to a 27-6 lead in the first half Sunday. The Rams lost the opener in Philadelphia, 38-3.
Linehan: "Something's vanishing from our competitive state of mind on the field and I take total responsibility for that, trying to find out what it is, what buttons we need to push, what lineups that can get it done. After three games, I don't know that I have any better answer for you than I did after one, because I felt much better after game two until the fourth quarter, but I felt very similar to how we were in game one in this game in the first half."
The 3-0 Bills visit the Edwards Jones Dome in Week 4. Marshawn Lynch could rush for 150 or 200 yards if the Rams don't find answers in a hurry.