Rams Fall In Black Hole 16-14

Sep 19, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) tries to elude Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (55) during the game at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Rams 16-14. Photo via Newscom

Another week, another failed opportunity for your St. Louis Rams, as they were dropped by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon by a score of 16-14. Needless to say, there were far fewer positives today than there were last week.

 As far as overall thoughts, I’m going to repeat my mantra from last week: This team has to take advantage of opportunities when they arise if they are going to win on a regular basis. If you watched the game today, you know that the Rams did not take advantage. They completely outplayed the Raiders for much of the first half, but they had only a 7-0 lead to show for it. Josh Brown inexplicably missed a chip-shot field goal, and the team came up empty after moving the ball fairly successfully.

The second half looked eerily similar to something the 2007-2009 St. Louis Rams would have given us. They committed several stupid penalties that cost them dearly, and the offense failed to make any adjustments. The defense gets a slight pass from me only because they game-planned all week for Jason Campbell, and they looked completely flabbergasted when Bruce Gradkowski took over. They don’t get a full pass, because let’s be honest… There’s really no excuse for getting torched by Gradkowski. But I can at least understand why it happened. One thing I won’t give a pass on are the dropped interceptions. I know these guys aren’t receivers, but you don’t have to be Jerry Rice to catch a pass that’s thrown right into your hands.

A quick look at the positives: SJ39 was the man in the first half, and I think the team needs to continue making an effort to give him as many touches as possible. Sam Bradford still showed us plenty to be excited about, especially early. He made some excellent throws, but I felt like he missed some throws that he made last week. Chalk that up to being his first road start in the NFL. Also, Mark Clayton made his presence felt again with two TD catches. This guy is quickly becoming the real deal.

On the defensive side of the ball, I was impressed with Bradley Fletcher and Jerome Murphy. I know they both got picked on a few times in the second half, but Fletcher has shown plenty of potential in the first two weeks. Murphy made his NFL debut today, and he recorded a pick in doing so. He made some mistakes, but gotta like the potential there as well.

Injury Report: The worst of the day was a concussion to safety Craig Dahl. who was playing very well up to that point. I would expect him to miss at least a week, but it doesn’t look like a long-term thing unless symptoms develop later. Rodger Saffold suffered a back injury, but it doesn’t look too serious. We’ll know more in the coming days. Daniel Fells tweaked the knee, but he fought through the pain. SJ39 also suffered a minor leg injury early, but he was fine for the remainder of the game.

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Tags: Bradley Fletcher Bruce Gradkowski Craig Dahl Daniel Fells Injury Jason Campbell Jerome Murphy Jerry Rice Josh Brown Mark Clayton NFL Oakland Raiders Rodger Saffold Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams Steven Jackson Week 2

  • Sonny

    The Rams are done, the Raiders D showed the entire NFL how to defend the Rams in the second half of the game in Oakland. Every team that plays the Rams will use the Raiders gameplan until the Rams show they can over come it.

    If Gradkowski would have been in from the start of the game the Raiders score 32

    • http://twitter.com/RamblinFan Justin Stine

      I wouldn’t say the season is completely over after the Raiders played a good half of defensive football. The NFL is all about making adjustments, and you can’t think that the team will come out with the same exact gameplan every week on offense. The question is, is this offense good enough right now to exploit a defense? I expect, as Bradford progresses, the offense will become more complex.

      • Betty White

        Betty White Here. Very few positives this week. I was hoping to see the toughness & heart like last week, but it def fell short. First, plain and simple, we should of won, too many failed opportunities. Second, we got out coached again the 2nd half. This is a common theme with this coaching staff. third, too many penalties. Forth, our line did a bad job at pass protecting. Safford still is terrible blocking to his left side and i just think 3-4 linebackers will eat him up all year long.

        The worst play of the whole game for us was the batted ball Gradkowski threw which went directly to one of our Def Ends for an easy pick, however he missed it and fred Robbins got called for roughing. Terrible. One could argue that was a terrible call by the refs (even tho everyone knows how stingy refs r about QBs) but there was no excuse to drop a ball that falls in your lap. Sad day

        On a side note, Clayton is here to stay, bradford looks confident, S Jax is still S Jax