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: 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 15, 2008 12:26 am
In the battle to get out of last place in the NFC West, Seattle and St. Louis each with records of 2-12 fought in a game down to the wire. Despite losing 7 straight to the rival Seahawks, the Rams came out strong in the first half. The Rams scored on the opening drive of the game on a 31-yard pass from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt. After forcing the Seahawks to punt on their first drive of the game, the Rams made a crucial mistake. On the second play of the drive Derek Stanley took a handoff and fumbled at the St. Louis 23-yard line. Jordan Babineaux picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. Despite the mistake, the Rams would regroup and score their second touchdown in the second quarter on a 6 yard run by Steven Jackson. Up 14-7, the Rams would also add a Josh Brown 36 yard field goal before halftime. At the half the Rams had piled up 243 yards and had a 17-7 lead.
St. Louis is a much better football team when Steven Jackson can suit up and play. Jackson carried the ball 24 times for 91 yards and scored on a 6 yard run in the 2nd quarter to give the rams a 14-7 lead. He also added 36 receiving yards on 4 receptions.
Each team had fumbled twice. The other Rams fumble came inside the Red Zone. Joe Klopfenstein caught a 12 yard pass reception and got down to the Seattle 15 where he fumbled the ball. It took a golden opportunity for points away from the Rams.
The second half was a complete disaster. St. Louis could only manage 99 yards in the second half with a total of 4 first downs. Steven Jackson was held in check. After compiling 81 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown, he received 7 carries for only 10 yards in the 2nd half. The defense fell asleep. After holding the Seahawks to 76 yards through 2 periods and 3 points, Seattle woke up and outscored the Rams 16-3 as they went on to win 23-20 on a last second field goal by Olindo Mare.
On the final drive of the game, St. Louis couldn't stop Seattle on a 3rd and 4 at the Rams 38 yard line as they allowed T.J. Duckett to pick up the 1st down. On the next play, Senaca Wallace through a deep strike to Deion Branch that would ensure an easy field goal attempt for the Seahawks. That's your ball game, Seattle 23-20.
Week 16 Matchup
St. Louis welcomes the San Francisco 49ers into town next week. The 49ers (5-9) lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-9. It will be another return trip to St. Louis for former Rams head coach Mike Martz who is now the offensive coordinator for the 49ers. Martz took over in 2000 after Dick Vermeil retired. Martz lead the Rams to three seasons in a row of 10 or more wins. He coached the Rams to their Super Bowl 36 apperance, as well as their last NFC West division title in 2003.
Posted on: December 8, 2008 1:25 am
St. Louis lost their fifth straight game to the NFC west rival Cardinals today. To sum up today's game, Arizona's defense did more scoring than the Rams' offense. The Cardinals capitalized off of a 11 yard fumble return and a 99 yard interception return.
Arizona scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play. After Ron Bartell intercepted Kurt Warner, the Rams had 1st and goal at the Arizona 6 yard line. The Rams scored their only touchdown on a 3 yard pass from Bulger to Jackson. It would be the closest the Rams would get. They would add a 51 yard field goal by Josh Brown in the 4th quarter, but Arizona had this one on cruise control.
MVP Candidate Kurt Warner quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals was 24/33 passing for 279 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Even after 5 years, it is still different seeing him in another teams uniform.
The Rams turned the ball over 3 times. Steven Jackson fumbled twice and Bulger had the interception that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. You aren't going to win any games where the opposing defense outscores the offense 14-10.
Week 15 Matchup
St. Louis falls to (2-11) as they lost their 7th game in a row. The Rams head back home to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle also fell to 2-11 today as they lost to the New England Patriots 24-21 in Seattle.
Oh boy, two teams with a combined record of (4-22) will be battling for control of the cellar in the NFC West. I wonder who is going to get the W.