Most of you are probably sitting down after a long work week eating your dinner or going to the neighborhood pub later to share your passions as a St. Louis Rams fan in anticipation for their game in Chicago against the Bears this week. So, here are some appetizers on the game this week to get you started:
When Last We Met
The last meeting between the St Louis Rams and Chicago Bears on December 6, 2009 had the Bears coming out a 17-9 winner. Former Ram Kyle Boller (113 Yards passing and three sacks) threw a incomplete pass in the Bear’s end-zone to end the last minute hopes of tying the Bears. Both Boller and Jay Cutler (8 for-17 143 Yards 1 Td.) had awful games. Steven Jackson (28 rushes-112 Yards) was the Rams offense as well as the combination of Matt Forte and Kahil Bell (25 rushes-186 Yards. 1 Td.) for the Bears. Steven Jackson has career stats of 46 rushes-199 Yards 1 Td. vs. the Bears.
Building Structure on Defense
“You Should Not Linger in Desolate Ground” Sun Tzu-The Art of War
Some of the metal errors by the Rams last week point mostly at the youth and the on going meshing as a defensive unit. The Washington Redskins failed a few times by not capitalizing on this. Two long passes by Robert Griffin III were there, but drops by his receivers added to the antics of the newly crowned N.F.L. drama queen. These lapses need to be worked on as Chicago’s offensive could be a test for the Ram’s defense if their running game takes off this week. The Rams outside pass rush will get pressure on Bear’s Quarterback Jay Cutler, but the mid range passing game will need to be slowed or the running lanes will open up and there will be plenty of heavy breathing in the Rams defensive huddles.
Adding to the many ‘Almost’ and ‘Should Haves’ in L.A./St. Louis Rams history was the 1985 N.F.C. Championship Game against the Chicago Bears on January 12, 1986. Although the final score was 24-0, many who watched the game saw a much closer contest. The record breaking defense of the Bears was all over Ram’s Quarterback Dieter Brock (who was injured during the game and was replaced by Jeff Kemp) and held my man, Eric Dickerson in check. The Rams defense held their own also, limiting Bear’s great Walter Payton and making Quarterback Jim McMahon run to keep drives going. The biggest difference in the game was the three Ram turnovers. Ram wide-out Ron Brown ended his career year with a nice 45 yard kick-off return, but dropped a sure touchdown reception early in the game. But almost every Ram fan will agree that that Bear’s team had the best defense ever.
How many of you know how the Rams got their logo name?
Cleveland Ram general manager Damon Wetzel was a fan of the Fordham (college) Rams and Owner Homer Marshman liked the sound of the Name.
The New Era
On the heals of the Four Pillars falling
A new headman now calling
This excitement, is it of old or is it of new
Last season, looking in the Edward Jones Dome, there were only a few
So this year, the Rams are of a new fate
It seems, of the rest of the N.F.C. West, there remains much hate
Kicked to the curb, players of old
Many players of new, now in the fold
The success of the draft resonates
Happy most of us are, but some hesitates
Finally, we won’t see coaches clapping, especially in disgrace
No, the stash is a cold hearted presence, but remember, it’s way too early to think first place
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