Rams, Jets still facing uncertain situations at quarterback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams' offense is still struggling, and Jeff Fisher is still sticking with Case Keenum as his starting quarterback for now.
So, for all those calling for Jared Goff to finally get his chance, keep calm and remain patient.
''No, I'm not going to go into a quarterback situation,'' Fisher said after the Rams' 9-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. ''I don't believe it's quarterback play. I think it's collectively we're making mistakes.''
Fisher insisted that he's not putting the struggles of the offense – the Rams have 29 total points in their past three games – on Keenum's shoulders. He was then asked if changing quarterbacks might get the offense going.
''Well, it's always a possibility when his time comes,'' Fisher said of Goff, this year's No. 1 overall draft pick.
''But I think Case did a nice job. We didn't get the ball in the end zone, but he scrambled and picked up some key first downs and kept drives alive, and that's what you've got to do against a defense like that.''
Keenum went a ho-hum 17 of 30 for 165 yards, but had no turnovers after throwing eight interceptions in his previous four games. The talk this week as Los Angeles prepares to host Miami will inevitably be whether Goff's time will come sooner rather than later.
''I keep saying and I'm going to keep saying this until he starts his first game, that he's improving,'' Fisher said. ''He's a play away from going into the game and he's improving.''
The Jets' quarterback situation remains uncertain after Bryce Petty made his first NFL start in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, but couldn't get much going against the Rams defense.
Petty, a fourth-round draft pick out of Baylor last year, went 19 of 32 for 163 yards with a touchdown, but was intercepted by Alec Ogletree with just under two minutes remaining to seal the Jets' loss.
''I'm not going to let this define my career,'' Petty said. ''I'm not going to let this define me.''
Fitzpatrick was listed as questionable with a sprained left knee, suffered last weekend at Miami.
After the game, coach Todd Bowles said Fitzpatrick wasn't ''completely healthy,'' although he was active for the game and served as Petty's backup, while rookie Christian Hackenberg was inactive.
Bowles would not commit to who his starter would be in the Jets' next game against New England in two weeks.
''We'll evaluate that next week,'' Bowles said. ''We've got the bye week to evaluate that and we'll see how Fitz feels. We'll watch the film on Bryce and we'll make the determination next week.''
Here are other things to know from the Rams' squeaker of a victory over the Jets:
DEFENSE RAM TOUGH
Los Angeles' defense is holding up its end of the bargain, allowing only 26 points over the past three games.
After New York got the ball with 2:55 remaining and down by three, Petty tried to lead the Jets down the field. But on second-and-7 from the 42, Petty's pass to Quincy Enunwa was picked off by Ogletree, who took it out of the receiver's hands and Enunwa then tried to wrestle it away from the linebacker to no avail.
''I had that area of zone and I was playing the receiver,'' Ogletree said. ''I saw him throw the ball. We kind of tied up and I was able to rip it out from him and make the play.''
Petty misfired on a long pass on third-and-14 from the Rams 32 that could've been an easy touchdown in the closing minute of the first half, slightly overthrowing Robby Anderson, who was wide open but had to reach high as the ball tipped off his hand. It could have been a huge momentum changer heading into halftime.
''I've got to hit that,'' Petty said. ''I've got to make that as easy as possible. I wish I had that one back.''
SPECIAL SPECIAL TEAMERS
With the Rams' offense struggling, their kickers continue to keep them in games.
Greg Zuerlein provided all the offense against New York with three field goals. Meanwhile, Johnny Hekker averaged 51.7 yards on seven punts, including a booming 78-yarder – fourth-longest in franchise history – that flipped the field and helped lead to the winning score.
''It's like golf,'' Hekker said. ''You strike the ball and it goes. It felt pretty good.''
GURLEY STILL GROUNDED
Todd Gurley, last season's Offensive Rookie of Year, still has yet to run for 100 yards in a game this season after rushing for 125 or more five times last season. He finished with 64 yards on 21 carries.
Gurley's longest run of the season, 21 yards in the fourth quarter, was wiped out by Greg Robinson's holding penalty. But he rebounded with a decent performance after having just 10 yards on 10 carries at halftime.
''When we needed him, he came through,'' Keenum said. ''That's what great players do in this league.''
The Jets' 9-6 defeat was their first to a team that didn't score a TD since falling 9-0 to Green Bay in 2010 – and only the ninth time it has happened in franchise history.
AP freelance writer Mike Farrell contributed.
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