In what was the most impressive offensive performances the Rams have put up all season, they just missed out on pulling off the biggest upset all year as the Rams fell to the Saints 28-23. Marc Bulger was impressive and statwise he outperformed his counterpart Drew Brees, throwing for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns. Steven Jackson had a huge first half, rushing for 1 touchdown and 100 yards, but struggled against an adjusted defense in the second half and finished with 131 yards. Donnie Avery had a big game, grabbing two touchdown passes to go along with 67 yards.
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WR Bradon Gibson was Bulger’s favorite target throughout the game and ended up with 93 yards on 7 catches. Gibson was acquired in a trade earlier this season for LB Will Witherspoon, and it appears that in the end the Rams may have gotten a pretty good end of the deal. He is a very smoothe route runner and showed great hands, coming up with a big 4th down grab on the Rams final drive.
Atogwe and Butler To The Rescue
At several points during the game, the Rams came up with a turnover to stop a driving Saints team. OJ Atogwe made an impressive diving interception on a tipped pass, and also was able to force a fumble as Marques Colston was heading into the endzone, resulting in a turnover. The fumble came at a time where the Saints appeared to be heading to deliver the knockout punch and restored life in the Rams.
Quincy Butler also came up with a big interception at the Rams 25 yard line that helped a struggling St. Louis defense get off the field and reevaluate the New Orleans offense.
This Team is Getting Better
As the title suggests, this team is getting better. They actually looked like a legitimate football team this morning, and I look forward to seeing what they can do for the rest of the season. Keep in mind they played one of the better teams in the league, so the fact that they nearly pulled one out is very impressive. Look for this team to continue to improve as the year goes along.