After Von Miller left his Russian sable hat and tears behind in Denver after his trade from the Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams, he broke down, “I went to bed 4-4 and woke up 7-1. “
Talk about a Hollywood ending for the Super Bowl 50 MVP.
He thought he had Super Bowl 56 in his sights, just like he had with Cam Newton all afternoon all those years ago, when he kept separating football and football. Carolina quarterback’s Lombardi Trophy.
A callback, however, seems to be slipping out of Miller’s clutches, as have so many quarterbacks lately.
LA has been more of a dystopia than a utopia for Miller, even with Odell Beckham Jr. working to get out of cloudy Cleveland and team up with him in sunny Southern California.
The Rams haven’t won since Miller’s arrival.
The drought began with a 28-16 loss to Tennessee at home when Miller went away with a spanked ankle that also forced him to miss his last game for the Broncos. He made his indescribable debut for the Rams in a 31-10 loss to San Francisco a week later, and finally made his mark in LA’s 36-28 loss to Green Bay on Sunday.
Sadly, it wasn’t for a sack – he hasn’t had one since sharing Ravens quarterback strike Lamar Jackson with McTelvin Agim on October 3 – but for his helmet shot to the jaw on Aaron Rodgers. who received a 15-yard penalty.
Miller has only had a half-sack since September, when he had four and won the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award when he returned from an ankle injury that cost him everything. year 2020.
He’s lost the last six games he’s played, and his former teammates in Denver are up to the task having won three of four without him, including a win over Washington he missed, a signing win in Dallas and a blow of the Chargers Sunday which tightened the AFC West.
While the Rams (7-4) are still well placed in the NFC playoff table despite being two games behind the Cardinals in their division, the Broncos (6-5) can take the lead in the AFC. West with a victory Sunday night in Kansas City (7-4).
The franchise’s career leader George Paton’s trade for a pair of 2022 draft picks shook the Broncos out of their slump.
“I honestly think it was like a kick in the butt because Von, he did so many great things: Super Bowl MVP, 10 sacks, 20 sacks, just by doing it consistently,” the former said. Miller’s partner, Bradley Chubb. “And we might have had guys here who felt a little bit comfortable or what, and when you see a guy like Von Miller getting traded, you’re like, ‘Whoa! so we could really swap anyone here.
Suddenly, Chubb said, everyone was squirming.
“He’s one of the best players in Denver and when you traded him it gave everyone that sense of urgency,” Chubb said. “No one’s job is safe and we all need to take it up a notch.”
That they have.
The Rams are still trying to find success with their 32-year-old superstar linebacker.
They missed a golden opportunity to pass the Packers (9-3) in the race for home advantage in the NFC playoffs.
Matthew Stafford threw a pick-6 for the third game in a row and he also fumbled for the ball at his own 6, setting up a 1-yard run from Rodgers that triggered the scoring.
Rams coach Sean McVay has discussed the importance of ending their “self-inflicted injuries” as they attempt to regain their early-season form.
Two of them came directly from McVay himself at the icy Lambeau Field.
He went there in the fourth and 1 against his own 29s in the first quarter and running back Darrell Henderson was stopped by safety Adrian Amos for no gain.
That led to a Mason Crosby field goal that put the Rams in a 10-0 hole, the kind of early double-digit deficit that so often nullified Miller’s prowess in his final seasons in Denver.
“I felt like it was a short conversion,” said McVay, who made an even bigger blunder in the fourth quarter when the Rams outscored the Packers 11-0, only to fail when Amos recovered. an offensive kick with 17 seconds left.
Trailing 36-25 with about 90 seconds remaining, the Rams hit the Green Bay 35-yard line and were facing second and 15 – and long chances. They needed a field goal and a TD with a 2-point conversion sandwiched around a successful in-play kick.
Stafford hit Cooper Kupp on 14 yards, leading the third and 1 of 21 with 1:11 and no timeouts remaining.
Instead of throwing the ball into the end zone on the third down, the Rams executed it and nose tackle Kenny Clark stopped Henderson without a win.
By the time Matt Gay’s 39 yards crossed the studs to make it a one-scoring game, there were only 18 seconds left.
FOX NFL senior game analyst Troy Aikman let McVay have him for wasting 53 seconds in this situation.
“I mean, even if they pick up the first down and get a new set of lows, the clock keeps ticking,” Aikman said. “But they’re fighting the clock now and it’s a two-point game, you throw it, try to get it into the end zone. Then if you don’t make it, it stops the clock, hit the field goal and then see if you can get the in-play kick.
“So a lot of time was taken there. This is the one McVay would like to get back.
While Miller woke up the next morning 7-4, the point is, he hasn’t played in a game his team won since September 26, he hasn’t been sacked since October 3 and this trip back to the Super Bowl seems as far away as ever.
With contributions from AP Sports writer Steve Megargee in Green Bay, Wisconsin.