Week three was the Rams home opener in which they hosted the Green Bay Packers. This game got ugly in a hurry. Green Bay trounced the Rams 36-17 mostly because Green Bay had success running the ball and converting long passes at the right time.
What I Noticed about the game...
The St. Louis offense did themselves no favors. The first quarter was a disaster for the Rams. A blocked field goal on the opening possesion of the game, two costly fumbles lost within their own 15 yard line, and an injury to starting quarterback Marc Bulger set the tone for this game. Josh Brown had his 48 yard field goal attempt blocked which would have given the Rams an early lead. Instead the Packers wound up scoring first on one of Mason Crosby's 3 first quarter field goals. Then to make matters worse Steven Jackson and Bulger each lost a fumble on consecutive possessions to help Green Bay establish a 9-0 lead after the first quarter.
Kyle Boller took over for an injured Marc Bulger and played fairly decent. Boller completed 16 of 31 passes for 164 yards with a pair of touchdowns along with one interception.
Steven Jackson proved why he should get 20+ carries a game with his effort today. Jackson rushed 27 times for 117 yards and also caught five passes for 46 yards. When healthy he is clearly the best playmaker on the team and has the ability to wear down defenses with his running style.
Fullback Daniel Fells caught a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to bring the Rams within nine points at the half. His two catches went for 35 yards with his longest of 19 coming two seconds before halftime.
It is hard to blame the Rams defense for this loss. Green Bay started two drives in the red zone and could only muster field goals. However, the Rams were decimated by the big play again today. Aaron Rodgers completed three passes that were good for more than 45 yards. He only completed 13 passes in the game but tallied 269 yards through the air along with a pair of touchdown passes. Donald Driver and Greg Jennings each had atleast 95 yards receiving. Despite the struggles against the pass, Leonard Little accumulated two sacks.
The Rams defense also struggled against the run. The Packers accumulated 152 yards on the ground, ninety-nine of those coming courtesy of Ryan Grant.
Despite achieving 22 first downs, the Rams went 4-14 on 3rd down conversions. That is an area which certainly needs improvement.
The Rams have a tough matchup in week 4 as they head west to the San Francisco 49ers whom are 2-1. Hopefully the Rams can rebound and get a much needed win.