Posted on: November 30, 2009 4:09 pm
St. Louis had several opportunities again on sunday, but couldn't put it together to win. Being without Marc Bulger didn't help but Kyle Boller did have his best start of the season in relief. Steven Jackson hadn't practiced all week, but was still able to suit up and start for the Rams despite a bad back. The Rams had crucial turnovers and the defense couldn't stop Justin Forsett. It all adds up to the Rams 10th loss of the season.
Josh Brown missed a 46 yard field goal on the Rams opening drive of the game. That attempt is well within is range as he later made a 55 yard field goal right before halftime. Kyle Boller threw an interception at the Seattle 34 yard line on 4th and 4. The Rams declined going for a 52 yard field goal attempt, and it backfired as Seattle extended their lead. That is a potential 10 point swing if Brown makes that 52 yard attempt. Later the Rams had great field position starting out at the Seattle 35 yard line after a terrible punt by the Seahawks. Then Boller threw another interception on 3rd and 10 from the Seattle 23 yard line. Midway through the 4th quarter the Rams had another trip into the Red Zone but walked away empty handed again. If things had gone differently earlier in the game the Rams might have been able to just kick the field goal. However it was 27-10 at the time and St. Louis had to go for it on 4th and 4 from the Seattle 17. After an incomplete pass the Rams turned it over on downs.
St. Louis did a great job at stopping Matt Hasselbeck, but they couldn't figure out Justin Forsett. He ran all over them for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was the only offense that Seattle would need. The Rams defense was quiet, only sacking the quarterback once. The lone turnover came on a kickoff return in which the Rams recovered a fumble.
If you look at the stats you would have thought the Rams won the game. They outgained Seattle 347-265. Had more first downs 23-15. And also won the time of possession battle 33:32 to 26:28. However the Rams shot themselves in the foot several times and fall again to another divisional opponett.
Next week St. Louis travels to Chicago to take on the Bears.
Posted on: November 2, 2009 12:35 am
Its finally over. The 17 game losing streak has been snapped with the victory over the Lions! As the weeks passed on during the season this game was looking as one of the possibilities for a win. The win is surely welcomed, but it shouldn't be a huge surprise. Now you can say what you want about the Lions being without one of their best offensive weapons in Calvin Johnson, or even the fact that this was Matt Stafford's first game back from injury in which he missed two games; however that shouldn't take away the fact that the Rams got the job done today. It wasn't pretty at times. Like most Rams games this season there was a key turnover in the redzone, but St. Louis wasn't going to let it come back to haunt them today.
On the offensive side of the ball today the Rams played a pretty decent game. Steven Jackson was a beast out there again. He carried the ball 22 times for his season high of 149 yards. He also scored the winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter to break the 10-10 tie. It was Jackson's first touchdown of the 2009 season and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Rams were already into field goal range, but Jackson's 25 yard scamper would mean the Lions would have to score a touchdown in order to force overtime. I must add that I am pretty happy for Steven Jackson getting his touchdown. Not only because I have him in fantasy football, but there isn't another player in the NFL that deserved one more than he did. He has busted his hump every week as he is third in the NFL in rushing yards, but hasn't had many chances at scoring. So its good to see a guy get rewarded after putting forth such great effort to give his team a chance to win. One of the reasons that Jackson hasn't had many opportunities in the red zone is due to turnovers. It seems as if once the Rams enter this area of the field they self-distruct. Today the Rams only had one turnover, but it came at the Detroit 18 yardline when the Rams still had a 10-2 lead and could have started to put more pressure on the Lions offense. That drive in which Bulger was intercepted bothers me. With 1st and 10 at the Detroit 18, the offense passes on 3 straight downs - and intercepted on 3rd down - why wouldn't you give the ball to Steven Jackson once? He was breaking tackles on almost every carry he had. I'm sure the secondary for the Lions got tired of seeing him truck at them.
The Rams defense played pretty well, but they didn't have to worry about Calvin Johnson. Matthew Stafford didn't have a very good game as his completion percentage was under 50%. The Rams sacked Stafford twice and also caused an unlucky turnover that the Lions actually benefited on. James Butler intercepted Stafford in the second quarter. The Lions had the ball deep in Rams territory, but Butler got the interception just outside of the goal-line. He then went into the end zone to try to advance the ball but was tackled by Kevin Smith for a saftey. It was a dumbfounded play. Butler wasn't using his brain, he was thinkng of making highlight reels with hopes of a 100 yard return. Instead he makes sportscenter for a dumb mistake. Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris combined had a decent game rushing, but the Rams did a pretty good job of containing them.
The special teams of the Rams had a very key play in this victory. Not only did Josh Brown nail a 41 yard field goal to give the Rams the early lead, but he threw a touchdown pass as well. It was a perfect playcall as the Rams faked a field goal. Brown then threw the ball to hit Daniel Fells for a 36 yard touchdown late in the second quarter. I liked seeing the coaching staff gamble a little to prove that they wanted to win.
Overall I thought it was a great game. I was expecting a little more scoring due to the fact of how poorly these teams have played during the season, but a win is a win and I'll take it. The Rams have the upcoming week off as they have the Bye.
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.
Posted on: September 28, 2009 1:27 am
Week three was the Rams home opener in which they hosted the Green Bay Packers. This game got ugly in a hurry. Green Bay trounced the Rams 36-17 mostly because Green Bay had success running the ball and converting long passes at the right time.
Posted on: September 13, 2009 8:31 pm
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
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
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.