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Posted on: November 30, 2009 4:09 pm
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Seahawks @ Rams Recap

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 23, 2009 11:11 am
 

Cardinals @ Rams Recap

Steven Jackson had never rushed for 100 yards in a game against the Cardinals until yesterday.  However, it was not enough to pull off an upset as the Rams lost 21-13 on Sunday.  Steven Jackson also became the 1st running back in franchise history with 5 consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons breaking Eric Dickerson's record of 4. 

The Rams offense was one dimensional yesterday.  The passing game failed to help the Rams out.  Marc Bulger looked awful.  He was 19 of 37 for 215 yards and one interception.  Bulger also had two fumbles but the Rams recovered both.  Down eight points the Rams had multiple chances late in the 4th quarter to possibly tie the game.  The best opportunity came on the on the Arizona 7.  The Rams turned the ball over on downs, as Bulger was inaccurate on consecutive passes.  I also thought the routes the receivers ran were not sufficent either.  The Rams had better success rushing the ball.  Steven Jackson rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries.  His 1 yard touchdown run brought the Rams to within 8 haflway through the final quarter. 

The defense for the Rams was a tale of 2 halves.  In the 1st half Kurt Warner had success burning the secondary.  Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald each had a touchdown recpetion and 8 receptions each.  Tim Hightower had 110 yards rushing on 14 carries while Beanie Wells added 74 rushing yards.  The Rams did force 2 turnovers as they recovered a pair of fumbles.  The Cardinals were held to 0 points in the second half after they scored on 3 consecutive possessions in the first half.  Kurt Warner wasn't in the game the second half as he suffered a head injury.  The Rams caught a break by having Matt Leinart come in.  He wasn't able to get the dynamic offense of the Cardinals on the scoreboard. 

Next Week the Rams their third consecutive home game against the Seattle Seahawks week 12. 
Posted on: November 16, 2009 2:21 am
 

Week 10 Saints @ Rams

New Orleans couldn't be stopped in their 8 previous games, and today would be no different.  Despite getting 175 total yards out of Steven Jackson, and winning the turnover differential battle; the Rams couldn't pull off the upset. 

The Rams offense today was pretty solid piling up 434 total yards that went for 23 first downs.  Marc Bulger just fell short of a 300 yard passing game as he finished with 298 yards and 2 passing touchdowns.  Both of his touchdowns went to wide receiver Donnie Avery.  Avery finished with 4 receptions for 67 yards.  His two touchdown receptions were good for 29 and 19 yards.  Steven Jackson was the workhorse once again as he piled up 131 yards rushing on 26 carries.  He scored his second touchdown of the season late in the second quarter on a 2-yard run.  Jackson also caught 9 passes for 45 yards.  Rookie receiver Brandon Gibson led the rams with 93 receiving yards.  He was acquired in the trade that send Will Witherspoon to the Philadelphia Eagles

The Rams defense wasn't able to get the job done though despite forcing 3 turnovers.  Drew Brees was intercepted twice and O.J. Atogwe forced a key fumble of Marques Colston right near the goal line.  The ball actually went out of the side of the end zone for a touchback.  The Rams couldn't get pressure on Drew Brees as he was only sacked once.  The Rams had trouble stopping the big play as they gave up two runs of 40+ yards.  The opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown by Courtney Roby and broke the 14-14 tie.  It would put the Saints ahead for the rest of the game as they improved to 9-0.

Next Week St. Louis faces tough opposition as the Arizona Cardinals come to the Edward Jones Dome for a 3:05pm kickoff.  The Cardinals currently lead the division at 6-3. 

Posted on: November 2, 2009 12:35 am
 

Week 8 Rams @ Lions

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
 

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: 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.  

 

Posted on: April 27, 2009 1:32 am
 

Recapping the Rams Draft

The Rams knew the departure of Orlando Pace created a big hole at tackle, and the Rams didn't let a golden opportunity slip by them.  St. Louis selected Jason Smith of Baylor University with their No. 2 overall pick in the first round.  Eventhough the 6'5" 309 pound lineman was converted from tight end, he has the skills necessary to take over for the Rams at left tackle.  Filling the spot of Orlando Pace isn't an easy task because that is Marc Bulger's blind side. 

In the second round the Rams selected James Laurinatis of Ohio State.  He is tagged as one of the most productive linebackers in the history of Ohio State football.  He started 39 of the 51 games he played in as a buckeye and recorded 375 tackles which includes 24.5 for loss of yards.  He racked up 13 sacks and also forced four fumbles.  In college he played middle linebacker which will allow the Rams to move Chris Draft and Will Witherspoon back to the outside linebacker positions.   

While I was a little upset that the Rams didn't select Aaron Curry in the 1st round, I am happy that we drafted a top priority in selected a lineman.  The second round pick of Laurinatis really excites me.  I think this is a great pick for the Rams, and he should fit nicely into our defense.  We needed to shore up our defense and we got a very talented playmaker that can play inside linebacker. 

Day 2 of the draft saw the Rams select Bradley Fletcher of Iowa with the second pick of the 3rd round.  Fletcher, 6'1 196 pounds, is slated to be either the nickel or dime back for the Rams defense.  He only started 4 games previous to his senior year, but showed lots of promise in his performance against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. 

Darrell Scott of Clemson was selected by the Rams in the 4th round.  He has a 6'4" frame to go along with 312 pounds of run-stopping ability.  The Rams are hoping that Scott can rotate with Adam Carriker and Clifton Ryan to give help to the Rams woes of run defense.  Before suffering injuries in his senior year Scott tallied 161 tackles, 9 sacks, and 18.5 tackles for loss in three years of starting. 

The Rams turned their attention to wide receiver taking Brooks Foster from North Carolina.  Foster hauled in 97 receptions for 1237 yards during his college career including 6 touchdowns.  He had a knee injury during his senior year, but had successful surgery after the season ended.  The need is certainly there for Foster, as Torry Holt was released to create cap room, and Drew Bennett never panned out after signing a big contract before the 2007 season. 

In the sixth round the Rams went quarterback as they selected Keith Null of West Texas A&M.  Null 6'3" 220 pounds was mentored by coach Ryan Leaf as he served as a backup his first two seasons.(thats right former No. 2 pick overall bust Ryan Leaf).

Chris Ogbonnaya was the Rams' final choice of the 2009 NFL Draft.  A product of Texas, whose name I have no idea how to pronounce, had 73 carries for 373 yards with 4 touchdowns in 2008.  He coupled that with 46 receptions for 540 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Overall I feel pretty good about the picks the Rams made.  With the new coaching staff in place I feel this team is heading in a positive direction.

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. 

 
 
 
 
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