Tag:Ronald Bartell
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: September 28, 2008 8:21 am

Buffalo Bills @ St. Louis Rams Week 4 Preview

(3-0) Bufalo Bills @ (0-3) St. Louis Rams 3:05 PM

At the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis the Bills come rolling in at first place atop the AFC East.  That in itself is remarkable, but the Bills are looking to go (4-0) for the first time since 1992.  Lead by head coach Dick Jauron, the Bills feature a great running game, a very tough defense, and a game-changing special teams. 

Much news was already made for the Rams this week as head coach Scott Linehan had demoted starting quarterback Marc Bulger in favor of Trent Green.  Linehan has placed blame on the poor play of Marc Bulger being the reason to a struggling offense that is averaging 9.7 points per game which is 31st in the league.  Only the Cleveland Browns are worse at 8.7 points per game. 

Earlier in the week Torry Holt came out and said that the offensive line has to do a better job of blocking for Bulger and creating running room for Steven Jackson.  With everyone pointing the finger at everyone, Linehan has made a decision to switch quarterbacks.  Bulger signed a $65 million dollar deal before the start of the 2007 season.  That is one hell of an expensive backup QB.  Then Linehan decided to cut Fakhir Brown whom was one of the better coverage cornerbacks the Rams had.  Ronald Bartell will take his place in the starting lineup.  Then there is the developing situation with Torry Holt.  According to InsideSTL.com, Scott Linehan is trying to trade or release wide receiver Torry Holt stating that their relationship is at the point in which they hate each other.  Remember back to last year's Thursday Night Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which the cameras showed Torry Holt and coach Linehan arguing back at each other.  What is the Coach thinking really?  He benches his best QB infavor of a washed up Trent Green.  He cuts his best coverage corner back, and now wants to get rid ofTorry Holt? 

The Matchups

When Buffalo has the ball...

Buffalo features the 11th ranked passing offense (234 YPG) against the Rams' 30th ranked passing defense (272 YPG).

On the ground the Bills have the 23rd ranked rushing offense (99 YPG) against the Rams' 29th ranked rushing defense (184 YPG).

Buffalo averages 26 PPG (ranked 9th) while St. Louis gives up 38 PPG which is ranked dead last. 

When St. Louis has the ball...

St. Louis features the 27th ranked passing offense (146 YPG) against the Bills' 6th ranked passing defense (153 YPG).

On the ground the Rams have the 32nd ranked rushing offense (56 YPG) against the Bills' 12th ranked rushing defense (93 YPG).

St. Louis averages 9.7 PPG (ranked 31st) and Buffalo allows 16.3 PPG (ranked 6th).


Buffalo has a young star in Marshawn Lynch.  He should be able to have a field day against a terrible defense.  Trent Edwards, the Bills starting quarterback, might throw a couple touchdowns utilizing Lee Evans on a big play action strike for a touchdown.  I see Edwards around 230 yards and 2 TDs, but Marshawn Lynch could have his first 100 yard game of the season.  I see him getting 125 yards and 2 TDs.  Fred Jackson might even come in and find paydirt on this terrible defense. 

The Rams won't have much luck running the ball on the Bills today.  Marcus Stroud and Kyle Williams aren't easy to run on.  It doesn't help that Steven Jackson has had injury issues with a groin pull.  Jackson might be relied on more heavily due to Trent Green starting at quarterback, but he will be ineffective.  I expect Jackson to finish the day with about 65 yards on 19 carries with no scores.  Trent Green won't do much in his first start of the season.  I don't even know if he'll last the first quarter if he gets hit.  If he does play the whole game expect Green to throw for well under 200 yards and have 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. 

Bills win in a rout 37-13.  Scott Linehan gets relieved of his coaching duties after the game.  Maybe this will be a victory for the Rams in that regaurd. 


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