Well how about that? I’m not going to lie and say I saw this one coming, because I didn’t. I was just hoping the Rams would be able to stay in the game. But the Rams came out today and played their best game of the season, and other that a little rough patch in the second half, I though they played as complete a game as they are capable of in their 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints.
I have been highly critical of this team on here all season, so I think it’s only fair that I give them all the credit they are due today after this win. This isn’t to say that all the problems are fixed and that this team has completely turned the season around, but let’s just enjoy this win right now and recognize the great performances.
First off, the defense was absolutely outstanding. This is what I expected to see all season. The defensive line dominated in the trenches, and they got a ton of pressure with their front four. Chris Long was an absolute animal all day, and it showed on the stat sheet with his three sacks. This might have been the coming out party for Robert Quinn, who showed just how talented he is at times today. There have been a ton of people in St. Louis who have already started calling Quinn a bust, but I’ll repeat what I have been saying all along: Give him time, because he is a special talent. Darian Stewart had the huge pick and played well all day, and overall I thought the secondary gave their best effort of the season.
Offensively, SJ39 showed why he is not only one of the best backs in the NFL but is probably the most important player on this team. He is a leader and he addressed the team before the game, and then he went out an backed it up. Outstanding performance. AJ Feeley was solid and did his job, and despite a couple of drops, Brandon Lloyd caught the big touchdown and made another outstanding first-down catch. Greg Salas was very good as well, and he’s really turning into a nice player now that he has settled down and adjusted to the speed of the NFL. I could keep going on and on, but let’s save some for tomorrow. I will be posting a bunch of pictures I shot at the game in the coming week, but the one above of LLoyd’s TD catch was one of my favorites of the group.