Rams takeaways: Baker Mayfield under more pressure in Game 2

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Rams 24-12 Monday night at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, officially eliminating the defending Super Bowl champion from the playoffs.

What we learned from a loss that dropped the Rams’ record to 4-10:

Baker Mayfield is mortal

come on now Even with 10 days of prep instead of two, it really would be asking too much for Mayfield to pull off a dramatic comeback win two straight games.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) confers with Rams coach Sean McVay.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) confers with Rams coach Sean McVay.

(Morry Gash/Associated Press)

But he was able to pull that off when the Rams got the ball early in the fourth quarter from a 24-12 deficit.

However, Mayfield was hit on a pass attempt and Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas was intercepted. With just under 11 minutes to go, the Rams got the ball back but didn’t capitalize on a pass interference penalty that hit 40 yards.

Mayfield made some good throws in third and long situations. He was sacked five times, but on several he pocketed to deliver a passport and then failed to do so.

Sean McVay has trouble beating friends

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan certainly isn’t the only McVay pal driving the hyper-competitive Rams coach insane.

McVay fell 3-0 to Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who worked alongside McVay as an assistant in Washington and then served as McVay’s first offensive coordinator with the Rams in 2017.

The Rams lost to the Packers in the 2020 NFC divisional round playoffs and also in a game in November last season.

Rams running back Cam Akers (3) gives Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) a straight arm.

Rams running back Cam Akers (3) gives Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) a straight arm. Akers rushed 12 times for 65 yards.

(Matt Ludtke/Associated Press)

Running back cam Akers looks better

Akers, who was banned from McVay for more than two weeks earlier this season, ran for 65 yards in 12 carries and also caught three passes for 35 yards.

Is Akers back in McVay’s favor or are the Rams trying to feature Akers to boost trade that no team would bite at close?

McVay has spoken out about wanting to rate rookie Kyren Williams, but he only has two carries for seven yards and hasn’t been targeted for a pass.

Aaron Donald can play 12 games and make it to the Pro Bowl

Donald has not traveled to Green Bay because of an ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the past three games. Is there a reason for the return of the star defender?

But Donald, a three-time NFL Player of the Year, was selected to the Pro Bowl for the ninth straight year, making him nine-to-nine since he was selected with the 13th pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Donald has five sacks this season, 103 in his career.

Leonard Floyd is making himself felt

It’s been a while, but Floyd is coming and trying to amass 10-plus sacks for the second time in three seasons with the Rams.

Floyd had gone three games without a sack before twice sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, bringing his total season to seven.

Floyd’s sack in the first quarter forced the Packers to settle for a field goal. In the fourth quarter, his sack forced the Packers to stab and gave Mayfield a chance to lead a possible comeback.

Floyd had 10½ sacks in 2020 and 9½ in 2021.

Taylor Rapp (24) slices away from Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) after a first-half interception.

Taylor Rapp (24) slices away from Packers running back AJ Dillon (28) after a first-half interception.

(Mike Roemer/Associated Press)

Taylor Rapp on an interception hotstreak

Rapp intercepted a fallen pass from Rodgers late in the first quarter.

It was Rapp’s second interception in as many games. The fourth-year pro intercepted a pass from Las Vegas Raiders quarterback David Carr to seal a 17-16 win.

Rapp had a career-best four interceptions in 2021. He has eight in his career. A second-round draft pick in 2019, he is in the final year of his rookie contract.

Kicker Matt Gay is not infallible

Gay, a Pro Bowl pick last season, had 33-yard and 55-yard field goals in the second quarter. The second tied Gay for the third longest at Lambeau Field, according to ESPN.

According to the Rams, it was also only the third field goal from more than 50 yards at Lambeau Field with temperatures below 25 degrees.

However, Gay missed an extra point attempt in the third quarter, his first miss in 24 attempts this season.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-12-20/rams-packers-takeaways Rams takeaways: Baker Mayfield under more pressure in Game 2

Emma Bowman

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