Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:16 am
Edited on: November 24, 2008 12:57 pm

Week 12 Bears @ Rams Game Summary

Chicago Bears 27 @ St. Louis Rams 3

Another ugly game.  I could go on about how poor the defense has played against the run, or how terrible the offense played.   What more can I say that I haven't said in past weeks though?  At one time this team was 2-4, now they have lost five straight.  I saw a team that was overwhelmed by the Bears defense.  Chicago has been very tough against the run, but has been giving up big gains on pass defense.  Today, the Rams made the 2008 Bears look like the 1985 Bears defense.  

It was another game without Steven Jackson.  It didn't help matters when Marc Bulger sustained a concussion on the fifth play of the game.  Backup Trent Green took over for Bulger and did his worst going 16/30 for 219 yards and 4 interceptions.  Chicago dominated the game with their defense creating turnovers and recording 5 sacks.  They threw off the quaterback's timing making him throw passes well behind receivers. 




The Bears limited St. Louis to 14 yards rushing on 19 carries.  Antonio Pittman had 9 of those carries for 8 yards.  Only 3 of those carries went for positive yardage; including gains of 3, 8, and 11 yards.





For the fourth time this year, the Rams failed to score a touchdown.  The lone Rams score today, a Josh Brown 43-yard field goal in the in the 2nd quarter when the Rams were trailing 21-0.  Josh Brown had previously missed a 40-yard field goal earlier in the period.

Matt Forte had a solid game on the ground thumping the Rams defense for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries.  The woes will just continue for the Rams.  How are they going to stop the Dolphins next week when they run their infamous "Wildcat Formation"?  The Dolphins could have close to 200 rushing if not more, before the game is over.

Week 13 Matchup 

St. Louis (2-9) takes on the Miami Dolphins at the dome.  The Dolphins (6-5) bring their rushing attack with them featuring the Wildcat Formation, which I'm sure the Rams will see many times, and will probably mean huge gains for Miami. 
Posted on: November 17, 2008 1:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2008 1:54 am

Week 11 Rams @ 49ers

Rams 16 @ 49ers 35

After getting whooped on the east coast by the New York Jets 47-3, the Rams traveled to the west coast to face NFC West rival San Francisco.  The 49ers, losers of six straight games would start out red hot and never have to worry about the outcome of this game.  Despite the Rams shutting out the 49ers in the second half, St. Louis surrendered 28 second quarter points falling to last place in the division with a 2-8 record.   

Frank Gore got the scoring started for San Francisco on a 5 yard touchdown run that was set up by Allen Rossum's 29 yard punt return giving the offense a short field to work with.  The Rams would answer back by settling for a Josh Brown 24 yard field goal.  After having 1st and goal from the 49ers 5 yard line, St. Louis couldn't put the ball in the end zone resulting in 3 points.  San Francisco would score touchdowns on their next four possessions.  Vernon Davis scored on a 2 yard pass by Shaun Hill to extend the 49ers lead to14-3.  On the following drive for the Rams, Marc Bulger fumbled at his own 16 yard line that set up Frank Gore's 1 yard touchdown run, his second on the day.  Next, Bulger was intercepted by Walt Harris which resulted in Shaun Hill's 1 yard touchdown run.  Lastly, the 49ers scored on another 2 yard pass from Hill to Bryant Johnson to close the quarter.  Going into halftime it was 35-3 49ers; almost as bad as the previous week when it was 40-0 Jets at the half.   

St. Louis would outscore the 49ers 13-0 in the second half to make the final 35-16.  Josh Brown connected on field goals from 44 and 48 yards.  The Rams finally found the end zone in the final two minutes of the game as Marc Bulger hooked up with Dane Looker for a 2 yard touchdown pass. 

Turnovers hurt the Rams badly and gave the 49ers short fields to work with.  The defense played poorly again, but it doesn't help their cause when their backs are already against the wall.  The 1985 Bears would have trouble keeping opponnents off the scoreboard when the drive starts in the red zone.  Marc Bulger had all three of the Rams' turnovers having 2 passes intercepted and 1 fumble lost. 

Antonio Pittman did a decent job filling in for Steven Jackson again, as he continues to nurse an injured right thigh.  Pittman carried the ball 14 times for 95 yards.  That's a pretty good performance for a backup running back on the road. 

Orlando Pace, Ronald Bartell, and Richie Incognito left in the 1st half with injuries that could mean they miss some playing time. 

Rams Player of the Game

Donnie Avery had a career best 9 receptions for 93 yards today.  He progresses more and more each game as he learns the ropes.  I think he will just keep getting better.  He has game breaking speed and is capable of beating defenders. 

Week 12 Matchup

St. Louis heads back home to take on the Chicago Bears.  Chicago (5-5) lost to Green Bay 37-3 at Lambeau Field.  The Bears defense is in trouble as they are getting beat badly on defense against the run as well as the pass.  The Bears feature a great rookie running back in Matt Forte, whom is a fun player to watch. 

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