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: October 13, 2008 12:25 am
The game started off with the Rams turning the ball over on their own 4-yard line. Washington quickly took advantage on a Clinton Portis touchdown to give them the 7-0 lead. Josh Brown would hit a 51 yard field goal to put the Rams on the board later in the quarter. Trailing 7-3 with about :30 seconds remaining in the half, Washington was driving down the field in their no-huddle offense. Jason Campbell went back to throw and had the pass tipped at the line. Pete Kendall, a Redskins lineman, caught it and tried to advance the ball but had it knocked loose by Pisa Tinoisamoa. O.J. Atogwe picked up the fumble and ran it in for a 75-yard touchdown and gave the Rams a 10-7 at halftime. It was atleast a 10 point swing due to Washington being within range of a field goal when the turnover occured.
St. Louis would tack on 6 more points in the 3rd quarter on a pair of Josh Brown field goals to make it 16-7. However, it wouldn't be an easy finish for the Rams. Washington answered back by scoring 10 consecutive points in the 4th quarter. Portis ran into the endzone for his second touchdown on a 2-yard run giving Washington a 17-16 advantage. With just under 4 minutes to play the Rams would get the ball back at their own 24 yard line. After gaining a couple first downs and just over 1 minute to go the Rams faced a key 3rd down and 13 at their 41 yard line. Quarterback Marc Bulger then completed a 43-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery that set up 1st and 10 at the Washington 16 yard line. The Rams were well within Josh Brown's range to give him a chance to kick the game winning field goal. Then came one of the dumbest things a player can do. Richie Incognito got flagged for unsportsmanline conduct after jawing at an official. It would set the Rams back 15 yards and make their chances of winning a lot harder. However, with two seconds remaining Brown would hit his 4th field goal of the game giving the Rams their first win of the season. The Rams became the first team since the 2000 Lions to win their first game after replacing their head coach during the regular season.