Tag:James Laurinaitis
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. 

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