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Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:16 am
Edited on: November 24, 2008 12:57 pm
 

Week 12 Bears @ Rams Game Summary

Chicago Bears 27 @ St. Louis Rams 3

Another ugly game.  I could go on about how poor the defense has played against the run, or how terrible the offense played.   What more can I say that I haven't said in past weeks though?  At one time this team was 2-4, now they have lost five straight.  I saw a team that was overwhelmed by the Bears defense.  Chicago has been very tough against the run, but has been giving up big gains on pass defense.  Today, the Rams made the 2008 Bears look like the 1985 Bears defense.  

It was another game without Steven Jackson.  It didn't help matters when Marc Bulger sustained a concussion on the fifth play of the game.  Backup Trent Green took over for Bulger and did his worst going 16/30 for 219 yards and 4 interceptions.  Chicago dominated the game with their defense creating turnovers and recording 5 sacks.  They threw off the quaterback's timing making him throw passes well behind receivers. 

 

 

 

The Bears limited St. Louis to 14 yards rushing on 19 carries.  Antonio Pittman had 9 of those carries for 8 yards.  Only 3 of those carries went for positive yardage; including gains of 3, 8, and 11 yards.

  

 

 

 

For the fourth time this year, the Rams failed to score a touchdown.  The lone Rams score today, a Josh Brown 43-yard field goal in the in the 2nd quarter when the Rams were trailing 21-0.  Josh Brown had previously missed a 40-yard field goal earlier in the period.

Matt Forte had a solid game on the ground thumping the Rams defense for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries.  The woes will just continue for the Rams.  How are they going to stop the Dolphins next week when they run their infamous "Wildcat Formation"?  The Dolphins could have close to 200 rushing if not more, before the game is over.

Week 13 Matchup 

St. Louis (2-9) takes on the Miami Dolphins at the dome.  The Dolphins (6-5) bring their rushing attack with them featuring the Wildcat Formation, which I'm sure the Rams will see many times, and will probably mean huge gains for Miami. 
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: September 29, 2008 1:48 am
 

Week Four Rams Report

Buffalo Bills 31  St. Louis Rams 14

It was a game that featured an undefeated Bills team and a Rams team looking for not only their first win, but their true identity.  This would be the first game after Rams head coach Scott Linehan had demoted starting quarterback Marc Bulger in favor of the veteran Trent Green.  Buffalo came in looking for their first 4-0 start since 1992. 

Things started out well for the Rams despite giving up a 45 Yard Rian Lindell field goal on the Bills first drive of the game giving Buffalo a 3-0 lead.  The Rams would answer right back with a 5 play 67 yard drive that was capped off by a Donnie Avery 37-yard touchdown run giving St. Louis a 7-3 lead.  Later in the 1st quarter, Buffalo would take advantage of great field position set up by a Fred Jackson 35 yard punt return to the St. Louis 29 yard line.  Despite running 9 plays within the Rams 30, the Bills could only muster 12 yards, setting up another field goal for Lindell, this one being from 35 yards out.  The first quarter came to an end with the Rams leading 7-6 and with possesion.  The Rams extended their lead when Steven Jackson found paydirt on a 29 yard touchdown run and later did a "Lambeau Leap" into the first row of the stands.  The Rams defense was extremely tough on the Bills offense.  Buffalo was held to only 98 first half yards.  Trent Edwards had thrown an interception and was sacked twice.  This helped the Rams take a 14-6 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. 

The Rams however, would totally Collapse in the second half.  The Buffalo Bills would score on the first drive of the 3rd quarter on a Fred Jackson 22 yard run which was the only score of the period.  Eventhough the Rams took a 14-13 lead into the 4th quarter, the Bills would score 25 unanswered points.  The Bills took the lead on a Jabari Greer 33 yard interception return touchdown and never looked back.  The Bills scored another touchdown on a Lee Evans 39 yard touchdown reception and a Rian Lindell 45 yard field goal. 

Noteworthy about Trent Green.  His play at the quarterback position was ok.  He completed 17 passes o 32 attempts for 236 yards.  He didn't throw any touchdowns and had an interception that was returned by the Bills for the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter.  I really don't think that benching your best quarterback for a 38 year old quaterback is a smart thing to do.  He is always one hit away from the morgue when he drops back to pass.

Rams Player of the Game

Steven Jackson had a great game despite losing.  Jackson finished with 110 yards rushing on 24 attempts with a touchdown and had 5 receptions for 78 yards. 

Next Opponent

Week 5 Bye

Week 6 @ Washington

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).

Prediction

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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