It was another long sunday afternoon for the Rams as the Colts won big with the final 42-6. St. Louis never was in contention of winning as Peyton Manning had his way with the Rams defense. Despite getting a big performance from Steven Jackson the Rams are now 0-7 as they are still looking for their first win. The Rams were never able to put pressure on Manning as the defense never sacked him. The big plays the defense gave up hurt such as Donald Browns 50 yard run to set up another scoring drive for the Colts. The Rams look lethargic in pass defense against tight ends as Dallas Clark became one of many tight ends to score a touchdown against the Rams defense.
On offense, St. Louis has many woes. Marc Bulger threw two interceptions and only piled up 140 yards passing. The turnovers hurt again, one coming in the red zone and another was returned for a touchdown. St. Louis overall was 0-2 in the red zone on Sunday. Time of possession was about even which was an improvement from last week. The only bright spots were Steven Jackson and Josh Brown. Steven Jackson carried the ball 23 times and rushed for 134 yards. He had a solid outing but never reached the end zone. His longest carry was 14 yards, but had several 10+ yard gains. Josh Brown was 2 for 2 on field goal attempts hitting from both 30 and 45 yards out.
St. Louis goes to Detroit as they look to get their first win after starting 0-7 after this loss. They have a chance at winning, but the Lions will be rested as they had their bye week. St. Louis should have success running on Detriot, and since Jackson has been putting up solid rushing stats, I would personally give him 30+ carries. The passing game is non-threatning and usually only creates turnovers instead of first downs. Give Jackson credit. He is out there playing hard wanting to get this team a win. In my opinoin he is the reason the Rams aren't the worst team in the NFL. I've seen a lot of blogs and have heard the sports talk shows talking about who's the worst team in the NFL. A lot of them say the Rams are. I don't put them in the bottom three though. I rank Cleveland, Oakland, and Tampa Bay worse. These teams don't have a playmaker that is as good as Steven Jackson. They wish they had someone as solid as him to give him a workload. If the Rams didn't have Jackson my opinion would change. I think Jackson has the ability to take over a game and win it for you. Let's hope he can do that against a Lions defense that plays poorly against stopping the run.