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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: November 3, 2008 1:08 am
Edited on: November 3, 2008 1:16 am
 

Week 9 Rams Report

Arizona Cardinals 34 at St. Louis Rams 13

In my opinion this was a must win game.  Going into today, Arizona had a 2 game lead in the NFC West over the Rams.  A Rams win would put them just a game behind, but the Rams didn't show up after the 1st quarter. 

The Rams defense came up big early with a goal-line stand including stuffing Kurt Warner on a quarterback sneak on 4th and Goal from the 1 yard line.  This gave the Rams a little momentum as St. Louis took a 7-0 lead over the Cardinals in the 1st quarter on Marc Bulger's 80 yard touchdown pass to speedy receiver Derek Stanley.  It would be Stanley's first career catch, and the Ram's lone highlight.

The picture above sums up the rest of the game, as St. Louis would give up 31 consecutive points including a 24-point 2nd quarter.  If that doesn't sound bad enough, the Rams were outgained by the Cardinals 229-18 in the period alone.  Three big plays contributed to Arizona's scoring.  Antrel Rolle intercepted Marc Bulger and ran it in for a 40 yard pick-6.  Arizona rookie runningback Tim Hightower scampered across the goal-line on a 30 yard touchdown run after Fakhir Brown mistackled him near the line of scrimmage.  Jerheme Urban made a sensational catch after Jonathan Wade bobbled an interception that went right into Urban's arms as he later ran 56 yards for the score.  Rams mistackles and the inability to finish the play helped cap off the Cardinals 24-point quarter.  It was a very sloppy quarter in my opinion, one of the worst I've seen in a while.  Before Jerheme Urban's touchdown the Rams had the ball with 1:45 left before halftime trailing 17-7 at their own 15 yard line.  Bulger would throw 3 incompletions, including a 3rd down dropped pass by Steven Jackson, that took off a total of 15 seconds from the play clock.  Arizona didn't have to waste any of their timeouts to stop the clock.  If St. Louis goes into halftime only down 10, they might have came out stronger in the 2nd Half, but Urban's touchdown was the nail in the coffin. 

Rams Player of the Game

There aren't many heroes here to choose from today.  Marc Bulger had 3 turnovers, Steven Jackson was ineffective racking up only 17 rushing yards on 7 carries, and the defense was a sieve.  If anything it should go to the Cardinal's Kurt Warner for his stellar performance of 342 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

However, I am going to pick Derek Stanley.  He caught his first career pass and it was a memorable 80 yard touchdown that gave the Rams a short-lived lead.  I have the ability to say that I attended the same school as Stanley, UW-Whitewater. 

Week 10 Matchup

St. Louis heads back to the east coast with a (2-6) record to take on the New York Jets whom are (5-3) after defeating the Buffalo Bills 26-17.  The Rams are three games behind division leading Arizona, so if there is any chance they can stay in the hunt for the playoffs its going to be a tough task going against the Jets. 

 
 
 
 
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