Tag:Kyle Boller
Posted on: October 12, 2009 7:15 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2009 7:15 pm
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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 28, 2009 1:27 am
 

Week 3 Packers @ Rams

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.

What I Noticed about the game...

The St. Louis offense did themselves no favors.  The first quarter was a disaster for the Rams.  A blocked field goal on the opening possesion of the game, two costly fumbles lost within their own 15 yard line, and an injury to starting quarterback Marc Bulger set the tone for this game.  Josh Brown had his 48 yard field goal attempt blocked which would have given the Rams an early lead.  Instead the Packers wound up scoring first on one of Mason Crosby's 3 first quarter field goals.  Then to make matters worse Steven Jackson and Bulger each lost a fumble on consecutive possessions to help Green Bay establish a 9-0 lead after the first quarter. 

Kyle Boller took over for an injured Marc Bulger and played fairly decent.  Boller completed 16 of 31 passes for 164 yards with a pair of touchdowns along with one interception. 

Steven Jackson proved why he should get 20+ carries a game with his effort today.  Jackson rushed 27 times for 117 yards and also caught five passes for 46 yards.  When healthy he is clearly the best playmaker on the team and has the ability to wear down defenses with his running style. 

Fullback Daniel Fells caught a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to bring the Rams within nine points at the half.  His two catches went for 35 yards with his longest of 19 coming two seconds before halftime. 

It is hard to blame the Rams defense for this loss.  Green Bay started two drives in the red zone and could only muster field goals.  However, the Rams were decimated by the big play again today.  Aaron Rodgers completed three passes that were good for more than 45 yards.  He only completed 13 passes in the game but tallied 269 yards through the air along with a pair of touchdown passes.  Donald Driver and Greg Jennings each had atleast 95 yards receiving.  Despite the struggles against the pass, Leonard Little accumulated two sacks.

The Rams defense also struggled against the run.  The Packers accumulated 152 yards on the ground, ninety-nine of those coming courtesy of Ryan Grant.  

Despite achieving 22 first downs, the Rams went 4-14 on 3rd down conversions.  That is an area which certainly needs improvement.  

The Rams have a tough matchup in week 4 as they head west to the San Francisco 49ers whom are 2-1.  Hopefully the Rams can rebound and get a much needed win.  

 

 
 
 
 
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