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Posted on: November 17, 2008 1:53 am
Edited on: November 17, 2008 1:54 am
 

Week 11 Rams @ 49ers

Rams 16 @ 49ers 35

After getting whooped on the east coast by the New York Jets 47-3, the Rams traveled to the west coast to face NFC West rival San Francisco.  The 49ers, losers of six straight games would start out red hot and never have to worry about the outcome of this game.  Despite the Rams shutting out the 49ers in the second half, St. Louis surrendered 28 second quarter points falling to last place in the division with a 2-8 record.   

Frank Gore got the scoring started for San Francisco on a 5 yard touchdown run that was set up by Allen Rossum's 29 yard punt return giving the offense a short field to work with.  The Rams would answer back by settling for a Josh Brown 24 yard field goal.  After having 1st and goal from the 49ers 5 yard line, St. Louis couldn't put the ball in the end zone resulting in 3 points.  San Francisco would score touchdowns on their next four possessions.  Vernon Davis scored on a 2 yard pass by Shaun Hill to extend the 49ers lead to14-3.  On the following drive for the Rams, Marc Bulger fumbled at his own 16 yard line that set up Frank Gore's 1 yard touchdown run, his second on the day.  Next, Bulger was intercepted by Walt Harris which resulted in Shaun Hill's 1 yard touchdown run.  Lastly, the 49ers scored on another 2 yard pass from Hill to Bryant Johnson to close the quarter.  Going into halftime it was 35-3 49ers; almost as bad as the previous week when it was 40-0 Jets at the half.   

St. Louis would outscore the 49ers 13-0 in the second half to make the final 35-16.  Josh Brown connected on field goals from 44 and 48 yards.  The Rams finally found the end zone in the final two minutes of the game as Marc Bulger hooked up with Dane Looker for a 2 yard touchdown pass. 

Turnovers hurt the Rams badly and gave the 49ers short fields to work with.  The defense played poorly again, but it doesn't help their cause when their backs are already against the wall.  The 1985 Bears would have trouble keeping opponnents off the scoreboard when the drive starts in the red zone.  Marc Bulger had all three of the Rams' turnovers having 2 passes intercepted and 1 fumble lost. 

Antonio Pittman did a decent job filling in for Steven Jackson again, as he continues to nurse an injured right thigh.  Pittman carried the ball 14 times for 95 yards.  That's a pretty good performance for a backup running back on the road. 

Orlando Pace, Ronald Bartell, and Richie Incognito left in the 1st half with injuries that could mean they miss some playing time. 

Rams Player of the Game

Donnie Avery had a career best 9 receptions for 93 yards today.  He progresses more and more each game as he learns the ropes.  I think he will just keep getting better.  He has game breaking speed and is capable of beating defenders. 

Week 12 Matchup

St. Louis heads back home to take on the Chicago Bears.  Chicago (5-5) lost to Green Bay 37-3 at Lambeau Field.  The Bears defense is in trouble as they are getting beat badly on defense against the run as well as the pass.  The Bears feature a great rookie running back in Matt Forte, whom is a fun player to watch. 

Posted on: November 10, 2008 12:55 am
Edited on: November 10, 2008 1:11 am
 

Week 10 Rams @ Jets

St. Louis Rams 3 @ New York Jets 47

This game was dominated by the Jets.  There was a total lack of defense by the Rams today.  The Jets had scored 40 points before the Rams even got on the scoreboard.  That lone score, a 37 yard field goal by Josh Brown, came on the Rams first possession in the second half. 

The Rams were beat like a red-headed stepchild on both sides of the ball.  Thomas Jones was running up and down the defense piling up 149 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.  On offense, the Rams were silenced.  Marc Bulger wasn't able to do anything in the 1st half and was benched at halftime after going 6/13 for 65 yards with an interception and a fumble.  The fumble came in the second quarter when he was sacked and Calvin Pace scored on a 50-yard fumble return touchdown.   

Trent Green started the second half and led the Rams down the field for their only scoring drive of the day, a 10 play 57 yard drive that ended with a field goal.  Green didn't do much better than Bulger as he finished 5/10 for 70 yards with an interception.  Turnovers hurt the Rams as they had 5 total, 2 interceptions and 3 fumbles. 

Without Steven Jackson, the Rams weren't able to get the ground game established.  Kenneth Darby got the start for Jackson and had 32 yards on 4 carries along with a fumble before halftime.  Without a ground threat, the Rams were one-dimensional and the Jets were able to quiet the Rams passing attack with ease. 

As I mentioned before, the defense was just terrible.  The New York Jets were able to score on their first 7 possesions of the game.  The 47 points the Rams gave up is the new season high, the previous being the 41 the Rams gave up to the New York Giants.  If you add up the scores of the two games against New York football teams this season, they have outscored the Rams 98-16.  Jim Haslett called it the way it is; this game was embarrasing to watch. 

Week 11 Matchup

St. Louis (2-7) now heads out to the west coast to take on the San Francisco 49ers.  The 49ers (2-6) are playing on Monday Night at Arizona.  St. Louis can only hope that Steven Jackson can return 100% healthy to give them some sort of boost.   

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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