Rams vs. Panthers: Takeaways from St. Louis' 30-15 Loss to Carolina

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Rams vs. Panthers: Takeaways from St. Louis' 30-15 Loss to Carolina
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The St. Louis Rams (3-4) suffered their first loss of October against the Carolina Panthers (3-3) in a gritty battle that ended with a final score of 30-15. 

The contest resembled a street fight more than a football game. The two teams erupted into skirmishes on multiple occasions. 

Chris Long was ejected from the game after allegedly throwing a punch, according to the Fox broadcast, but it's a bit odd that he was singled out among multiple culprits, including known instigator Steve Smith.

However, while Smith and the Panthers had their share of questionable behavior, the Rams had a pretty disgraceful showing overall, which is why they caught most of the flak, including the ejection and multiple personal foul penalties.

The Rams not only hurt themselves with the scuffles, they had a number of additional mental errors that weighed them down, including a Tavon Austin touchdown negated by a Jake Long penalty, a dropped touchdown by Brian Quick and a fumble by Austin.

The game started as a bad dream and progressed into a full-blown nightmare after quarterback Sam Bradford left the game in extreme pain with an apparent knee injury.

With Seattle up next and the starting quarterback likely out of action for the time being, it's clear that the Rams are getting no love from the football gods.

For now, here are my takeaways from St. Louis' disastrous showing in Carolina... 

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