Tag:Donnie Avery
Posted on: November 16, 2009 2:21 am
 

Week 10 Saints @ Rams

New Orleans couldn't be stopped in their 8 previous games, and today would be no different.  Despite getting 175 total yards out of Steven Jackson, and winning the turnover differential battle; the Rams couldn't pull off the upset. 

The Rams offense today was pretty solid piling up 434 total yards that went for 23 first downs.  Marc Bulger just fell short of a 300 yard passing game as he finished with 298 yards and 2 passing touchdowns.  Both of his touchdowns went to wide receiver Donnie Avery.  Avery finished with 4 receptions for 67 yards.  His two touchdown receptions were good for 29 and 19 yards.  Steven Jackson was the workhorse once again as he piled up 131 yards rushing on 26 carries.  He scored his second touchdown of the season late in the second quarter on a 2-yard run.  Jackson also caught 9 passes for 45 yards.  Rookie receiver Brandon Gibson led the rams with 93 receiving yards.  He was acquired in the trade that send Will Witherspoon to the Philadelphia Eagles

The Rams defense wasn't able to get the job done though despite forcing 3 turnovers.  Drew Brees was intercepted twice and O.J. Atogwe forced a key fumble of Marques Colston right near the goal line.  The ball actually went out of the side of the end zone for a touchback.  The Rams couldn't get pressure on Drew Brees as he was only sacked once.  The Rams had trouble stopping the big play as they gave up two runs of 40+ yards.  The opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown by Courtney Roby and broke the 14-14 tie.  It would put the Saints ahead for the rest of the game as they improved to 9-0.

Next Week St. Louis faces tough opposition as the Arizona Cardinals come to the Edward Jones Dome for a 3:05pm kickoff.  The Cardinals currently lead the division at 6-3. 

Posted on: October 19, 2009 1:01 am
 

Week 6 Rams @ Jaguars

A football team from Missouri celebrated its first win of the season today, but unfortunately it wasn't the Rams.  It was however a game that St. Louis had a very good chance of winning.  The Rams played a much better football game offensively this week then last when they had four key turnovers.  This week they limited themselves to only one, a Marc Bulger interception.  The defense however, got eaten up by the Jaguars via the pass and rush. 

The Rams scored 20 points today which is their 2009 season high despite only achieving 13 first downs.  The Rams weren't able to have much success rushing the football as Steven Jackson could only muster 50 yards on 16 carries.  Marc Bulger added a little spark though in the beginning as he led the Rams to an opening drive that went for a touchdown.  A 9 play 73 yard drive was capped off by a 17 yard touchdown reception by Donnie Avery.  It was Avery's only catch of the game as he later injured his hip. 

Jacksonville had their way offensively with the Rams defense.  St. Louis couldn not stop Maurice Jones-Drew.  He scored all three of the Jaguars touchdowns and accumulated over 175 yards total offense.  St. Louis also allowed two players to amass 100+ receiving yards as Mike Sims-Walker and former Ram Torry Holt each accomplished that feat.  David Garrard had a 300+ yard passing game but didn't throw any touchdowns. 

While the Rams defense did give up a lot of yards, 492 to be exact, they only allowed 23 points.  They were able to cause 3 turnovers, and racked up 3 sacks.  Rookie James Laurinaitis picked off Garrard for his second interception in consecutive games.  Leonard Little not only sacked Garrard, but he also intercepted him at a key time in the game.  Leonard Little's interception return of 36 yards gave the Rams a 17-13 lead late in the 4th quarter. 

It is hard to point fingers at the defense for losing this game because it is hard to overlook what the offense wasn't able to accomplish.  The Rams defense was on the field for nearly 38 minutes, and it really showed on the final two drives of the game.  Jacksonville was having no problems what-so-ever as MJD bulled into the endzone to give Jacksonville the lead back.  Then when the Rams put together the drive in which Josh Brown hit his game-tying 27 yard field goal I thought they blew a key chance.  The Rams kicked that field goal on 3rd and 9 with :07 left on the clock.  I believe they should have tried a quick pass to the end zone.  You don't want to get sacked because the game might be over before you can spike the ball, but you have to take a chance when you are on the road and staring 0-6 in the face. 

The game went to overtime and the Rams defense couldn't stand ground as Jacksonville was able to hit the game winning field goal to end the game 23-20. 

Overall I think this game showed some improvements, but also showed some areas that need addressing.  I hope one thing that gets addressed is the offense.  I think something has to be done to give our defense a break.  To me it looks as if the offense only goes out there and tries to give the defense a short rest before they take the field for another long drive.  The offense has also not done our defense any favors.   They have turned the ball over deep in their own end setting up an immediate scoring chance for the opposition.  Not many defenses can recover when they can only allow 10 yards before they give up points.  

In week 7 St. Louis is home to take on the Indianapolis Colts.  Let's hope maybe the Rams can pull one out and get an upset. 
Posted on: October 12, 2009 7:15 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 7:15 pm
 

Week 5 Vikings @ Rams

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. 

Posted on: September 13, 2009 8:31 pm
 

Rams @ Seahawks Week 1 Recap

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



Posted on: December 28, 2008 6:42 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2008 6:42 pm
 

Rams Week 17 Review

St. Louis Rams 27 @ Atlanta Falcons 31

St. Louis finished the 2008 season against the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.  The Rams fell behind in the first half, battled back in the second half to take the lead, only to give up the game winning touchdown with under four minutes to go for their 10th straight loss.

The Rams offense had one of its better games of the season.  Marc Bulger had a pretty good game going for 230 yards through the air with one touchdown.  He connected with rookie Donnie Avery for a 16 yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Rams a 14-10 lead.  Steven Jackson added 161 yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns.  Jackson also caught four passes for 54 yards.  The offense didn't turn the ball over during today's game, but again had problems inside the red zone.  The Rams had to settle for a 31 yard field goal after Steven Jackson couldn't  convert a 3rd and 2 on the Atlanta 15 yard line.  Then just past the midway point of the 4th quarter the Rams had to settle for a 27 yard field goal.  After Jonathan Wade intercepted Matt Ryan at the Atlanta 22 yard line, the Rams were set up with great field position.  St. Louis couldn't take advantage though.  They could only move the ball down to the Atlanta 8 before breaking a 24-24 tie with Brown's second field goal. 

The Rams 27-24 lead would be short-lived.  The Rams defense was on its heels all day defending the run.  Atlanta gained 263 yards on the ground, Michael Turner acquired 208, and Jerious Norwood racked up 56.  Norwood's 45 yard touchdown run with 3:41 to go in the game was the clinching score for the Falcons. 

Despite how poorly the Rams defense played against the run, they held Matt Ryan to a quiet day.  Ryan was held to 160 yards passing and was intercepted twice.  He did hit receiver Roddy White for a 16 yard touchdown, Ryan's only touchdown pass of the game. 

 

 

Rams Player of the Game

Steven Jackson provided his best effort of the season today.  With Jackson's 30 carry 161 yard effort, he broke 1000 yards for the 4th consecutive season.  He is the first Rams running back to accomplish that since Eric Dickerson (1983-86).  Jackson also scored two touchdowns on runs from 2 and 4 yards. 

Posted on: December 22, 2008 1:45 am
 

Rams Week 16 Recap

San Francisco 49ers 17 @ St. Louis Rams 16

The Rams would blow another game late as the 49ers won the game by scoring two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game.  The Rams defense had silenced the 49ers offense for 55 minutes producing 4 turnovers and 4 sacks.  After trailing 3-0 after one quarter the Rams would score 16 consecutive points, 10 of those coming in the last two minutes of the first half.  However, the Rams had to settle for a 22 yard Josh Brown field goal after a 15 play 60 yard drive had stalled on the San Francisco 4 yard line.  St. Louis had 1st and Goal on the SF 5 and failed to score a touchdown that could have potentially been enough to seal the game for the Rams.  The Rams called terrible playcalls near the endzone.  On 1st and Goal Steven Jackson carried the ball for a loss of 3 yards.  On 2nd down Jackson got the call again, this time gaining a yard.  On 3rd and Goal from the 7, Marc Bulger had to scramble and only gained 3 yards to get to the 4 yard line.  It looked like a give-up drive.  Not one play looked like it was designed to put 6 points on the board.  Torry Holt has been an effective receiver most of his career; why not call a fade route towards the corner of the endzone for him to attempt to jump and grab?  The play calling is just too conservative.  A play like that hasn't been seen since the Mike Martz era.  Maybe the coaching staff thinks they lack playmakers that are unable to catch touchdowns within the 5 yard line? 

San Francisco waited until there was less than 5 minutes remaining in the game before finding the endzone.  Shaun Hill connected with Isaac Bruce for a 3 yard touchdown reception.  The touchdown for Bruce was his 1000th career reception.  After spending 14 years with the Rams, it was a given that he would accomplish that feat against his former team today. 

After a Rams 3 and out, the 49ers got the ball back with plenty of time.  Trailing 16-10 with 2:27 and possession at their own 33 yard line, Shaun Hill was sacked by Pisa Tinoisamoa for a loss of 7 yards.  Then on 2nd and 17, defensive end James Hall was flagged for encrouchment, and gave the 49ers 5 free yards to make it a more managible 2nd and 12.  Hill would complete his next three passes and give the 49ers a 17-16 lead after throwing a 48 yard touchdown to Josh Morgan with 90 seconds to go. 

The Rams had one last chance to move into field goal range to win the game and on 4th and 9 at the Rams 38 yard line, Bulger threw a pass that was tipped by the defense and Donnie Avery managed to concentrate and make a sideline circus catch at the 49ers 45 yard line.  Then came a running play which Steven Jackson lost 3 yards on.  With 25 seconds left, why are you calling dumb plays like that?  It was stupid, and on the next play the 49ers sealed their win when Marc Bulger was intercepted.  The 49ers would win 17-16, a game that should have easily been another Rams victory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 17 Matchup

The Rams close the 2008 season on the road as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.  St. Louis (2-13) and Atlanta (10-5) don't have much to play for.  One team is watching the playoffs on television and the other already has wrapped up the 5th seed.

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. 

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. 

 
 
 
 
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