Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams suddenly aren't much better than they were when the season was spiraling out of control under since-fired coach Scott Linehan.
This is a fragile team without enough talent to overcome mistakes, particularly with Steven Jackson sidelined by a thigh injury. The Jets predictably made Rams quarterback Marc Bulger struggle. Trent Green replaced him and didn't fare much better.
Without a strong running game, the Rams have a harder time getting the ball deep to receiver Donnie Avery. Their depth on defense is another potential concern. Linebacker Will Witherspoon was able to return after an injury sidelined him briefly, but seeing rookie seventh-rounder David Vobora on the field -- no matter how briefly -- demonstrated how quickly the talent drops off if the Rams suffer additional injuries at that position.
The Rams face the 49ers at Candlestick Park in Week 11. They have a chance to win that matchup if Jackson returns. At this point, however, the Rams have squandered whatever momentum they gained by winning their first two games under interim coach Jim Haslett.
The organization had indicated a willingness to bring back Haslett if the team could win six of its final 12 games. The Rams are 2-3 since Haslett took over. The remaining schedule features the 49ers (road), Bears, Dolphins, Cardinals (road), Seahawks, 49ers and Falcons (road). It's tough to find four Rams victories among those seven remaining games.
Final Miami 10 Buffalo 29 Final Jacksonville 10 Washington 41 Final Dallas 26 Tennessee 10 Final Arizona 25 New York 14 Final New England 30 Minnesota 7 Final New Orleans 24 Cleveland 26 Final Atlanta 10 Cincinnati 24 Final Detroit 7 Carolina 24 Final St. Louis 19 Tampa Bay 17 Final Seattle 21 San Diego 30 Final Houston 30 Oakland 14 Final New York 24 Green Bay 31 Final Kansas City 17 Denver 24 Final Chicago 28 San Francisco 20