I know this is later than usual. I just got back from St. Louis this afternoon. My dad takes me to one game a year and this was it. I had interest in seeing Brett Favre since he's surely a hall of famer. Many will debate him as one of the top 5 quarterbacks to ever play the game. So at 40 years old, there wouldn't be many more chances to see one of the games best performers.
What started out good got ugly in a hurry. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first possession of the game and the Rams were putting a nice drive together in enemy territory when it didn't take long for St. Louis to be down 14-0. The Rams committed their first turnover and Jared Allen picked up a loose ball and returned it for the touchdown. Now I despise Jared Allen. I think he is a jerk and an ass dating back to his days in Kasas City with the Chiefs. However, he is a damn good football player, plays with lots of intensity, and never quits. He's a monster on defense and plays the game you want a player to do so.
Like most Rams games this year, this one had a similar tale. Turnovers and the inability to produce points in the red zone killed the Rams chances of winning the game. On paper this game had the makings of a blowout. Minnesota coming in 4-0 off a big win monday night against the Packers; while St. Louis got beat 35-0 by the 49ers to drop to 0-4. However, if the Rams didn't create four turnovers this game would have been a different story. The fumble by Kyle Boller was returned for a touchdown. The three other turnovers all took place in the red zone. In all St. Louis was 0-4 in the red zone on sunday. St. Louis outgained the Vikings in yardage 400 to 377. Had more first downs, 27 to 21, but could only muster 10 points. A Josh Brown 29 yard field goal in the 2nd quarter, and a Donnie Avery 27 yard touchdown reception were the only tallies.
Steven Jackson had a good game going up against the Williams Wall of the Vikings. He gained 84 yards on 21 carries for a 4.0 average. The Rams just couldn't hang onto the football. Besides Boller who also threw an interception, Jackson and Daniel Fells each fumbled.
Adrian Peterson had two rushing touchdowns but was held to 69 yards on 15 carries. I thought he would have a 100-yard game on sunday.
The Rookie, James Laurinaitis had his first career interception. This kid looks like a good talented youngster. I remember saying in my draft blog how I wish we had Curry, but Laurinaitis will also develop into a great pick. I know he has a long ways to go before I can say for certain, but he looks better and better with each game he plays. Just wait for a few years from now. He'll be a force in the middle.
There has been a lot of talk about the Donnie Avery celebration dance after his touchdown in the 4th quarter in yesterday's loss. I have mixed views on it. I do think it was inappropriate due to the score being 31-3 at the time, but I have another perspective. I hope it lightens things up a little bit. It has to be a little tense in a locker room that has lost 15 straight games dating back to last year. No it wasn't a smart thing to do, but a young player does foolish things. I am sure it is something Steve Spagnoulo will address with Avery, but there haven't been many touchdowns this year to celebrate.
Next week the Rams travel to Jacksonville to battle the Jaguars who got shutout 41-0 at Seattle. Not a good sign as I am sure they are looking to rebound.