How bad will things get for the Burgundy and Gold?  A losing season and non-playoff campaign is already assured.  We’ve already seen the face of the franchise become fallible…casting doubt in his future.  There have been days when the defense gets gashed repeatedly…while on other afternoons and evenings the offense is reduced to a drizzle.  Now the coach is defending his defensive coordinator against a former player who calls Jim Haslett both clueless and a backstabber.  The 24-0 loss to St. Louis was perhaps punctuated before the game even began when Rams coach Jeff Fisher sent six players out as captains for the coin toss–six players who came to the Rams thanks to the RG3 trade.  Things are bad…and they may get much, much worse before the season ends.

McCoy, beam me up!– Colt before spraining his neck threw for 199 yards and two interceptions while also getting sacked six times.  Much like the Kirk Cousins Boom and Bust Cycle…now that teams have more tape on the plucky third stringer, he’s less effective.

Alfred the Vanishing– after gaining 12 yards on his first carry of the game, Mr. Morris ran the ball 7 more times for a total of minus-6 yards.  As a team the Skins gained just 27 yards on 12 tries…and was a decided non-factor.

Garcon instead of DeSean– with Jackson out of commission with an injury, Pierre returned to 2013 form by catching 9 passes for 95 yards.  Santana Moss matched his week 13 production with 3 more catches for 43 yards.

Third and Forever– the Skins move the chains on 3 of 12 attempts…with McCoy completing 6 of 7 passes for 3 conversions (with 3 sacks).  Seven of the third downs were by 10 yards or more as the problem isn’t just how this team executes on third down but how poorly they move the ball before third down.  Short: 1 for 2.  Medium: 0 for 2.  Long: 2 for 8.

One Serious Sack of You Know What– Skins quarterbacks were sacked 7 times.  Sometimes it’s the offensive line…sometimes its the runningback not making the right block on a blitzer…sometimes its the quarterback holding the ball too long.  Prime picks need to be spent on a wall up front for this team to move forward.

Case for the Defense– Will Compton tallied 14 sacks while Ryan Kerrigan notched a pair of sacks.  The D got off the field on 6 of 12 third downs.  The secondary still looks bad and the pass rush isn’t good enough to mask one bad back four.  The prime picks that aren’t going towards offensive linemen need to be spent on quality DB’s.

Cobra Kai– no field goal or extra point attempts for Mr. Forbath.  Tress Way’s day was marked by gaining 2 yards on a fake punt…but he still averaged over 45 yards per kick.  Sadly the special teams allowed a 78 yard punt return for a touchdown to Tayvon Austin in the third quarter that wrapped up the scoring.

Flying Flags– on 5 infractions this time for 51 yards.  Three on offense (false start, ineligible downfield pass, holding) and two on defense (personal foul and a facemask).  The most costly?  Kory Lichtensteiger’s ineligible downfield pass that turned what would have been a 1st and 10 from the Rams 38 into a 3rd and 10 from the Skins 16.  Both defensive players turned what would have been fourth downs into first downs for the Rams out of their own territory.

Dissecting the Division– despite Philadelphia’s loss the Eagles remain in first place of the NFC East (due to their win over Dallas on Thanksgiving)…holding the #3 seed in the conference.  The second place Cowboys are currently 7th in the  NFC–losing conference record tiebreakers with wildcard contenders Detroit and Seattle.  The NY Giants win over Tennessee gives them the inside track to not finishing last--the cellardwelling Skins can clinch last place with a loss to the G-Men Sunday.

Shaking down the South– while the AFC South is somewhat sorry at 20-32 after 13 weeks, the NFC South has already clinched a losing record for the season at 16-35-1.  I admire Atlanta for keeping its division record perfect (5-0) while remaining winless outside of its group (0-8).  The race for best division has the NFC West (32-20) one half game better than the AFC North (31-20-1)…with the NFC North (30-22) in close pursuit.  The NFC East? 25-27 and sixth-best.