The first game of the season is usually where you see mistakes and miscues. Todays game was no exception for the 2009 St. Louis Rams. After losing 28-0 its hard to look for positives. However the Rams were able to force 3 turnovers while only losing one fumble which was on the opening kickoff. The fumble by Donnie Avery gave Seattle great field position, but the Rams didn't succumb to an early touchdown as James Butler intercepted Matt Hasselbeck in the endzone.
The Rams offense was not a factor at all as they were shutout. They were outgained 446-247 in total yards and went 2 for 12 on third down conversions. Josh Brown missed a very makable 37-yard field goal in the second quarter. To go along with the turnover on downs on their final drive of the game the Rams went 0-2 in the red zone.
The defense couldn't stop the big play. John Carlson absolutely killed the Rams defense with two touchdowns. Julius Jones scorched the Rams gaining 117 yards on 19 carries including a 62-yard touchdown run.
One of the only positives on the special teams was the punter Donnie Jones. Jones appears to be in midseason form as he had quite a workout punting 8 times averaging 50.8 yards per punt. One of Jones' punts was downed within the Seattle 4 yard line when the game was stilled 0-0.
Next week St. Louis travels to Washington to take on the 0-1 Redskins. St. Louis has to find some offensive rhytum as they weren't able to establish anything. Steven Jackson struggled to get the ground game going gaining 67 yards on 16 carries with a long of 22. He will be facing a tough physical defense that features Albert Haynesworth and former Ram London Fletcher.