Obviously, today’s 31-13 loss in New Orleans wasn’t what we hoped for. I thought the Rams would make a little more of a game out of this thing, and they certainly had opportunities to put the ball in the end zone. You can’t beat good teams when you turn the ball over, especially when you turn it over in the red zone. Sam Bradford was under fire all day, and he made some uncharacteristic mistakes because of that pressure. I didn’t think the offensive line played particularly well, but the Saints really mixed up their looks and the brought the house most of the day, so I’m not putting all the blame on that group.
The good news here is that the Seattle Seahawks got pounded by the Niners today, so the Rams are still in first place in the division. Also, the Rams next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, finished Sunday with no points and 67 total yards against the Chargers. The status of Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who underwent surgery for an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday, for next week’s game is unknown at this point, but they were obviously a different team without him today.
The Rams need to put today’s loss behind them quickly and get ready for the Chiefs. Today was a disappointment, but all is not even close to being lost. The team still won 2-of-3 straight road games, and they are heading back home for a Interstate rivalry game involving two first place teams.
As usual, I will break down the loss to the Saints in more depth tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Topics: Appendectomy, First Place, Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel, New Orleans Saints, NFC West, NFL Week 14, Offensive Line, Red Zone, Sam Bradford, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Turnovers