3. Los Angeles Rams (1-2)
The Los Angeles Rams put in another competitive performance last week, but ultimately, it wasn't enough. To their credit, their defense delivered in the Super Bowl LVI rematch, but a disastrous offensive performance cost them.
It's hard to allow six sacks, 10 QB hits, turn the ball over twice, and still win. Matthew Stafford was under constant pressure from the Cincinnati Bengals defense, leading to two costly interceptions.
The Rams fought until the end, and a Tutu Atwell touchdown catch gave them a chance in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Defensively, the Rams did all they could. Per Brad Spielberger of PFF, Aaron Donald made seven pressures with a 31.8% pass-rush win rate. He also had one sack and two QB hits. Los Angeles held Cincinnati to 19 points.
The Rams have exceeded expectations in the season's opening three games, but they still sit 1-2 and are well behind the eight ball in the NFC West. A home showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles and road matchups with the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers await in the next six weeks. All three teams have excellent pass rushes and will dominate if the Rams' offensive line doesn't step up.