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Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:11 am
 

Cardinals @ Rams Recap

Steven Jackson had never rushed for 100 yards in a game against the Cardinals until yesterday.  However, it was not enough to pull off an upset as the Rams lost 21-13 on Sunday.  Steven Jackson also became the 1st running back in franchise history with 5 consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons breaking Eric Dickerson's record of 4. 

The Rams offense was one dimensional yesterday.  The passing game failed to help the Rams out.  Marc Bulger looked awful.  He was 19 of 37 for 215 yards and one interception.  Bulger also had two fumbles but the Rams recovered both.  Down eight points the Rams had multiple chances late in the 4th quarter to possibly tie the game.  The best opportunity came on the on the Arizona 7.  The Rams turned the ball over on downs, as Bulger was inaccurate on consecutive passes.  I also thought the routes the receivers ran were not sufficent either.  The Rams had better success rushing the ball.  Steven Jackson rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries.  His 1 yard touchdown run brought the Rams to within 8 haflway through the final quarter. 

The defense for the Rams was a tale of 2 halves.  In the 1st half Kurt Warner had success burning the secondary.  Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald each had a touchdown recpetion and 8 receptions each.  Tim Hightower had 110 yards rushing on 14 carries while Beanie Wells added 74 rushing yards.  The Rams did force 2 turnovers as they recovered a pair of fumbles.  The Cardinals were held to 0 points in the second half after they scored on 3 consecutive possessions in the first half.  Kurt Warner wasn't in the game the second half as he suffered a head injury.  The Rams caught a break by having Matt Leinart come in.  He wasn't able to get the dynamic offense of the Cardinals on the scoreboard. 

Next Week the Rams their third consecutive home game against the Seattle Seahawks week 12. 
Posted on: December 8, 2008 1:25 am
 

Rams @ Cardinals Recap

St. Louis Rams 10 Arizona Cardinals 34

St. Louis lost their fifth straight game to the NFC west rival Cardinals today.  To sum up today's game, Arizona's defense did more scoring than the Rams' offense.  The Cardinals capitalized off of a 11 yard fumble return and a 99 yard interception return.

Arizona scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play.  After Ron Bartell intercepted Kurt Warner, the Rams had 1st and goal at the Arizona 6 yard line.  The Rams scored their only touchdown on a 3 yard pass from Bulger to Jackson.  It would be the closest the Rams would get.  They would add a 51 yard field goal by Josh Brown in the 4th quarter, but Arizona had this one on cruise control. 

 

 

 

MVP Candidate Kurt Warner quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals was 24/33 passing for 279 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Even after 5 years, it is still different seeing him in another teams uniform. 

 

 

 

 

The Rams turned the ball over 3 times.  Steven Jackson fumbled twice and Bulger had the interception that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter.  You aren't going to win any games where the opposing defense outscores the offense 14-10. 

Week 15 Matchup

St. Louis falls to (2-11) as they lost their 7th game in a row.  The Rams head back home to take on the Seattle Seahawks.  Seattle also fell to 2-11 today as they lost to the New England Patriots 24-21 in Seattle. 

Oh boy, two teams with a combined record of (4-22) will be battling for control of the cellar in the NFC West.  I wonder who is going to get the W. 

Posted on: November 30, 2008 6:51 pm
 

Week 13 Dolphins @ Rams Recap

Miami Dolphins 16 St. Louis Rams 12

St. Louis welcomed back Steven Jackson infront of a  60/40 mixed crowd of Rams and Dolphins fans at the Edwards George Dome today.  Jackson got off to a good start as his first carry in weeks went for 11 yards.  The Rams would have success moving the ball on the ground, but struggled in the passing department.  The woes were really obvious when the Rams moved inside the redzone.  The Rams went 0-2 in the redzone and had their 4 scoring drives all end with Josh Brown field goals.    Brown was perfect on all his attempts hitting from 23,33,38, and 51 yards. 

Part of the Rams' woes on scoring were due to an ineffective passing game.  Marc Bulger had an awful game today.  He finished 16/35 for 149 yards and was intercepted 3 times.  Bulger threw 2 soft passes over the middle that were gathered in by the Dolphins. 

The defense for the Rams played better than they have in previous games.  While they did give up 327 total yards, the Rams didn't allow a single rusher to gain over 54 yards.  The defense was able to keep the Rams in the game.   They forced the Dolphins to punt with 2 minutes remaining, but the Rams turned it over on an interception with less than 40 seconds to go. 

Rams Player of the Game

In his first game back after battling a nagging injury, Steven Jackson racked up 94 yards rushing on 21 carries.  He also had 1 reception for 16 yards. 

Week 14 Matchup

The Rams travel to Arizona to take on the NFC West division leading Cardinals (7-5).  St. Louis (2-10) will have its arms full trying to stop a very potent offense featuring former Ram Kurt Warner, and two very good young receivers in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald

Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:08 am
Edited on: November 3, 2008 1:16 am
 

Week 9 Rams Report

Arizona Cardinals 34 at St. Louis Rams 13

In my opinion this was a must win game.  Going into today, Arizona had a 2 game lead in the NFC West over the Rams.  A Rams win would put them just a game behind, but the Rams didn't show up after the 1st quarter. 

The Rams defense came up big early with a goal-line stand including stuffing Kurt Warner on a quarterback sneak on 4th and Goal from the 1 yard line.  This gave the Rams a little momentum as St. Louis took a 7-0 lead over the Cardinals in the 1st quarter on Marc Bulger's 80 yard touchdown pass to speedy receiver Derek Stanley.  It would be Stanley's first career catch, and the Ram's lone highlight.

The picture above sums up the rest of the game, as St. Louis would give up 31 consecutive points including a 24-point 2nd quarter.  If that doesn't sound bad enough, the Rams were outgained by the Cardinals 229-18 in the period alone.  Three big plays contributed to Arizona's scoring.  Antrel Rolle intercepted Marc Bulger and ran it in for a 40 yard pick-6.  Arizona rookie runningback Tim Hightower scampered across the goal-line on a 30 yard touchdown run after Fakhir Brown mistackled him near the line of scrimmage.  Jerheme Urban made a sensational catch after Jonathan Wade bobbled an interception that went right into Urban's arms as he later ran 56 yards for the score.  Rams mistackles and the inability to finish the play helped cap off the Cardinals 24-point quarter.  It was a very sloppy quarter in my opinion, one of the worst I've seen in a while.  Before Jerheme Urban's touchdown the Rams had the ball with 1:45 left before halftime trailing 17-7 at their own 15 yard line.  Bulger would throw 3 incompletions, including a 3rd down dropped pass by Steven Jackson, that took off a total of 15 seconds from the play clock.  Arizona didn't have to waste any of their timeouts to stop the clock.  If St. Louis goes into halftime only down 10, they might have came out stronger in the 2nd Half, but Urban's touchdown was the nail in the coffin. 

Rams Player of the Game

There aren't many heroes here to choose from today.  Marc Bulger had 3 turnovers, Steven Jackson was ineffective racking up only 17 rushing yards on 7 carries, and the defense was a sieve.  If anything it should go to the Cardinal's Kurt Warner for his stellar performance of 342 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

However, I am going to pick Derek Stanley.  He caught his first career pass and it was a memorable 80 yard touchdown that gave the Rams a short-lived lead.  I have the ability to say that I attended the same school as Stanley, UW-Whitewater. 

Week 10 Matchup

St. Louis heads back to the east coast with a (2-6) record to take on the New York Jets whom are (5-3) after defeating the Buffalo Bills 26-17.  The Rams are three games behind division leading Arizona, so if there is any chance they can stay in the hunt for the playoffs its going to be a tough task going against the Jets. 

Posted on: October 27, 2008 12:06 am
Edited on: October 27, 2008 12:10 am
 

Week 8 Rams Report

St. Louis Rams 16 @ New England Patriots 23

St. Louis made their first trip to Gillette Stadium, which opened in 2002.  Each team would be without key players at running back for the game.  The Rams wouldn't have the services of Steven Jackson, while the Patriots would be without Sammy Morris, LaMont Jordan, and Laurence Maroney.  This meant the Rams would have to rely on the likes of Antonio Pittman and Travis Minor while Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis got the carries for New England. 

It was a tough game to watch for Rams fans.  St. Louis was in the game for the majority of the day hanging tough with the Patriots.  It was a battle of field goals as Josh Brown and Stephen Gostkowski were each 3 for 3 on field goal attempts.  However with 3:13 left in the 4th quarter the Patriots took the lead on Kevin Faulk's 15 yard touchdown reception. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donnie Avery looked great posting 163 yards on 6 receptions including a 69 yard pass from Marc Bulger that gave the Rams a 10-7 lead.  Marc Bulger had his first 300 yard passing game of the season going 18/34 for 301 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  The interception was the only Rams turnover of the day, but secured the win for New England.  St. Louis was down 23-16 with 3:07 left in the 4th quarter as they started on their own 10 yard line.  Three completions to Dante Hall and a 17 yard run by Antonio Pittman set up a 1st and 10 at the New England 33 yard line with 1:33 left in the game.  But two incompletions and a false-start penalty would set up a 3rd and 15 in which Bulger was intercepted by Deltha O'Neal. 

Rams Player of the Game

Donnie Avery had an outstanding game today.  He is such an exciting player to watch each week as he progresses during his rookie year.  Avery caught 6 passes today for 163 yards and a touchdown. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9 Matchup

St. Louis (2-5) heads home to take on the Arizona Cardinals (4-3).  The Cardinals lost a tough game at Carolina 27-23 after having a 14 point lead.  Arizona is in 1st place in the NFC West while St. Louis, Seattle, and San Francisco are each 2-5.  A win for St. Louis in week 9 would put the Rams one game back of 1st place. 

Posted on: October 20, 2008 1:32 am
Edited on: October 20, 2008 1:35 am
 

Week 7 Rams Report

Dallas Cowboys 14 @ St. Louis Rams 34


Dallas is in a world of hurt without Tony Romo, and they figured that out quickly when Brad Johnson got the start.  Despite Marion Barber giving Dallas a 7-0 lead on his 1 yard touchdown run, the Rams would be in control the rest of the afternoon. 

On the opening drive for the Rams, rookie receiver Donnie Avery had a nice touchdown reception for 42 yards from Marc Bulger to tie the game at 7 all.  Steven Jackson would run all over the Cowboys for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Two of Jackson's runs came in the 1st quarter to give the Rams a 21-7 lead.  St. Louis in fact would score 34 consecutive points until Dallas added a garbage score in the final 2 minutes of the game to make it 34-14, which was the final. 

The defense cane up big today and was able to make Brad Johnson's day a living nightmare.  He threw for 3 interceptions and was sacked 3 times.  O.J. Atogwe came up with 2 of those pics, with Will Witherspoon getting the other.  Johnson was never able to get into a rythum and was lucky he was only intercepted 3 times.  Several passes were in and out of the hands of Rams defenders but couldn't hang on. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rams improved their record to 2-4 while Dallas fell to 4-3.  St. Louis is in 2nd place in the NFC West two games behind the Arizona Cardinals.  With this win Jim Haslett improves to 2-0 as head coach of the Rams after the game after taking over for Scott Linehan. 

Rams Player of the Game

No doubt its Steven Jackson.  He had an amazing game rushing for 160 yards on 25 attempts and scoring 3 touchdowns, including a 56 yarder in the 3rd quarter.  He also added 2 receptions for 16 yards. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8 Matchup

St. Louis travels out east to Foxboro, Massachusettes to take on the New England Patriots.  New England is a lot more managable without Tom Brady, but still feature explosive Randy Moss and a pretty good running attack with Sammy Morris

Posted on: October 13, 2008 12:25 am
 

Week 6 Rams Report

St. Louis Rams(0-4) @ Washington Redskins(4-1)


In their first game under interim coach Jim Haslett, the Rams pull off the upset by beating the Washington Redskins 19-17 on the last play of the game with a  49-yard field goal by Josh Brown

The game started off with the Rams turning the ball over on their own 4-yard line.  Washington quickly took advantage on a Clinton Portis touchdown to give them the 7-0 lead.  Josh Brown would hit a 51 yard field goal to put the Rams on the board later in the quarter.  Trailing 7-3 with about :30 seconds remaining in the half, Washington was driving down the field in their no-huddle offense.  Jason Campbell went back to throw and had the pass tipped at the line.  Pete Kendall, a Redskins lineman, caught it and tried to advance the ball but had it knocked loose by Pisa TinoisamoaO.J. Atogwe picked up the fumble and ran it in for a 75-yard touchdown and gave the Rams a 10-7 at halftime.  It was atleast a 10 point swing due to Washington being within range of a field goal when the turnover occured. 

St. Louis would tack on 6 more points in the 3rd quarter on a pair of Josh Brown field goals to make it 16-7.  However, it wouldn't be an easy finish for the Rams.  Washington answered back by scoring 10 consecutive points in the 4th quarter.  Portis ran into the endzone for his second touchdown on a 2-yard run giving Washington a 17-16 advantage.  With just under 4 minutes to play the Rams would get the ball back at their own 24 yard line.  After gaining a couple first downs and just over 1 minute to go the Rams faced a key 3rd down and 13 at their 41 yard line.  Quarterback Marc Bulger then completed a 43-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery that set up 1st and 10 at the Washington 16 yard line.  The Rams were well within Josh Brown's range to give him a chance to kick the game winning field goal.  Then came one of the dumbest things a player can do.  Richie Incognito got flagged for unsportsmanline conduct after jawing at an official.  It would set the Rams back 15 yards and make their chances of winning a lot harder.  However, with two seconds remaining Brown would hit his 4th field goal of the game giving the Rams their first win of the season.  The Rams became the first team since the 2000 Lions to win their first game after replacing their head coach during the regular season. 

Rams Player Of the Game

I think two game balls are deserved here.  One for Josh Brown, and the other for O.J. Atogwe.

Josh Brown was 4 for 4 on field goals.  He hit from 51,25,44, and 49 yards.  His 49-yarder was the game winner. 

O.J. Atogwe returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown right before the end of the first half.  It not only gave the Rams a 10-7 lead, but kept Washington off the scoreboard as the fumble kept them from adding more points while they were deep into Rams territory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 Matchup

The Rams head back to St. Louis with a 1-4 record to take on the Dallas Cowboys whom are 4-2 after losing to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime.  Hopefully the Rams can take the momentum from this game and build on it.  Dallas has been struggling as of late, but have many weapons on offense that can break out at any time. 

Posted on: September 21, 2008 4:47 am
 

Chicago Cubs 2008 N.L. Central division Champions

It's Offical!!  The Chicago Cubs have clinched the 2008 National League Central Division for the third time in 6 seasons. 

The Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 at Wrigley Field infront of 41,597 fans.  The Cubs started the scoring by getting 3 runs off of Joel Pineiro on an Alfonso Soriano 2-run single in the 2nd inning.  Brian Barton let the ball get by him and roll all the way to the wall, allowing a third run to score.  The Cubs would add two more runs in the bottom of the 4th on a Mark De Rosa double and a Ted Lilly suicide squeeze play giving them a 5-0 lead.  However, it wouldn't be a typical Cubs versus Cardinals game without the trailing team battling back.  In the St. Louis 6th, the Cardinals scored four runs with two outs on a Felipe Lopez RBI single and a Troy Glaus 3-Run homerun.  The game would continue 5-4 to the 9th inning giving Kerry Wood the chance to nail it down.  Wood would give up a leadoff walk to Glaus, but quickly retired the next three batters giving the Cubs the division title.  Wood picked up his 32nd save in 39 tries.  Ted Lilly improved to 16-9 with his 7 inning 4 earned run performance. 

September 20, 2008 would be the earliest a Cubs team has clinched a playoff spot since the 1932 Cubs.  The 1932 team ended up making it to the World Series, but lost to the New York Yankees

I find it appropriate that the Cubs clinched on September 20.  It gives Cubs fans a chance to see their team clinch at their field.  In 2003 and 2007 they had clinched the division on the road.  More Importantly it also comes 24 years to the day of the passing of Steve Goodman. 

For those of you that don't know who Steve Goodman is, he is the creator of the infamous song "Go Cubs Go" that you hear played at Wrigley after Cubs victories. 

Steve Goodman was born July 25, 1948 on Chicago's North Side.  He was a folk music singer/songwriter, but also a huge Cubs fan.  He was diagnosed with lukemia in early 1969.  Goodman wrote many songs on the Cubs, and the city of Chicago including "Go Cubs Go", "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", "The Lincoln Park Pirates", and "Daley's Gone". 

On September 20, 1984, Goodman would lose his battle with lukemia dying at the age of 36.  Four days later the Chicago Cubs would clinch the National League East earning them their first postseason birth since 1945.  Goodman was asked to sing The National Anthem before the Cubs first playoff game, but he was replaced by Jimmy Buffett, whom dedicated the song to Goodman.  I know Steve Goodman is watching his Cubs down from heaven, and he is in good company with Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray. 

 

 
 
 
 
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