Posted on: October 19, 2009 1:01 am
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
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.