Hidden behind the horrible officiating in the very impressive and exciting St. Louis Rams win yesterday, were performances that remind all of us of that pro-football really is an art. As a team, I would have given them a 9.2 on a Olympic style scoring scale. The negative factors being a few blown defensive assignments and of all things, the non-challenge on Brandon Gibson’s ruled non-catch in the end-zone by the Jeff Fisher. First on the podium this week is the Gold medal winner for style points:
Cortland Finnegan Style Points Score 10.0- Quite a few of my St. Louis Ram brethren had some not so nice things to say when Cortland Finnegan was signed to a pretty sizable free-agent contract this off season. Many saying that his play teeters on criminally chaotic. Well, to all of you I say this now, pull out your pennies, because we as faithful fans owe him much more. The game winning play of the game was the love tap on Washington’s Josh Morgan after his catch that caused the un-sportsmanlike conduct penalty that put his team in a try at an almost impossible field goal attempt to tie the game. The two players battled throughout that added to the edginess that was there the whole game. Add in his interception and solid tackling, and you have to give him the Gold.
Offensive Line Style Points Score 9.5- Weighing in the injuries and youth, this was possibly the best performance by the offensive line since the Greatest Show On Turf days. Becuse of this, they are awarded the Silver medal. It didn’t seem to matter who manned the line, the unit as a whole Stepped Up and pretty much controlled Washington’s defensive line all game. Yes, two of their best players didn’t play much of the game, but can anyone here say that dominance and determination were motto’s for the Offensive line in recent history. Along with the notable coaching efforts made so far, this unit may be scary good when healthy.
Passing Game Style Points Score 9.3- This was another unit that needed to Step up and did they. Sam Bradford by far lead this group to the Bronze Medal in what I think was his best game as a pro. He was in complete control throughout and even his interception was forgivable because of the fire he played with. Something that we have all waited for since he was drafted. By no means am I forgetting Danny Amendola’s record tying performance. But if Bradford hadn’t been on his game, that record would’t have been possible. And it also notable that the pass routes were ran crisply and Danny Amendola overcoming that fumble return for a touchdown to preform at his best would have put him in medal consideration in most other games.
Honorable Mention- The Defensive pass rush put pressure on Robert Griffin III all game long and took the Washington Redskins out of their game plan. But, Robert Griffin III is the real deal and has my vote for Offensive Rookie of the Year so far in this young season.