Oct 14 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) causes St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) to fumble in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

St. Louis Rams Hand Game To Miami Dolphins 17-14


The St. Louis Rams are now sitting right at the .500 mark after an ugly loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Rams dominated on both the offense and defensive side of the field, but ended up losing the game because of dumb penalties and their special teams play.

The Rams started off hot, with nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half of the game. The “top ranked” Miami rushing defense got destroyed by Daryl Richardson and Steven Jackson, starting off with a 44 yard rush that set the Rams up with the first points of the game. The Rams offense ended the day with 162 yards rushing, 315 yards passing, but only one touchdown.

Tannehill played average, at best, going three-and-out on six occasions throughout the game. Luckily, the screen game to Reggie Bush was effective out of the backfield, which allowed the rookie to go 21 of 29 without having to ever take a shot down the field. Tannehill did have one long completion, which he tossed to Marlon Moore when Janoris Jenkins was caught staring into the backfield. He tossed another dump pass to the tight end on the goal line, which would end up being the pivotal score of the game.

The Rams really did hand this game away, with costly turnovers, bad penalties, and missed field goals. St. Louis committed a season high 12 penalties for 94 yards, and gave the Miami Dolphins 3 points before halftime on a fumbled kickoff return from Brit Miller. To top it off, the typically-automatic Greg Zuerlein missed 3 out of his 5 field goals, one from only 36 yards out. The day ended with a 66 yard field goal attempt, which sailed wide-left, just like the other two kicks.

Next week, the St. Louis Rams take on the Green Bay Packers in the Edward Jones Dome, as they attempt to push themselves back above .500 in Week 7. The Packers have struggled so far this season, and the Rams are playing extremely under the lights in St. Louis. A win here would extend the win winning streak to 3-0, and likely keep them in good position heading into the London game against the New England Patriots.

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  • PLHCMH

    The difference in the game was the fact Miami capitalized on their opportunities by scoring touchdowns and not field goals. To say Tannehill played “average” is an ignorant statement. He was 21 for 29 with two TD’s, a 112 QB rating, and more importantly, no turn overs. Not to mention, the Rams were the beneficiary of several reversed calls that we’re highly questionable. The Rams did dominate all the game’s statistics except for the most important one – the score!

    • getOFFtheLSD

      You can focus on those numbers all you want, but the truth of the matter is, he still was an average quarterback in the game. Not to say that he didn’t play well enough to win the game, but that was all it was…

      He may have completed 21 passes, but over 50% of his passing yards came from yards after carry. He converted only 4 of 12 third downs. Throw for on 185 yards, with 8.8 yards per completion (which is extremely low). He had a 60.9 total quarterback rating, which takes into account more than the deceivingly high completion percentage and touchdowns. He made the throws that he should be able to make, but did not make any of the throws that would make his passing abilities stand out in any category, arm strength, accuracy, etc. He played average, and average was good enough to win the game.

      No, the difference in the game was three missed field goals, not the Dolphins capitalizing. Your average starting filed positions was well above the 30 yard line, whereas the Rams average starting field position was the 18 yard line for more of the game. You converted two touchdown after getting handed the ball at at roughly the 50 yard line on 4 different occasions. The Rams convert on enough of their touchdowns to be within 3 at the end of the game, so converting on offense was not the problem. I will admit the fumble was a bulls*** call, but the tuck rule has been around since the early 2000′s, so you cannot complain about the call.

      No one is arguing that they didn’t dominate the “score.” But you got handed 3 points at halftime off a fumble by a fullback on kickoff, and were lucky that Greg Zuerlein missed 3 out of 5 field goals. Your team had absolutely nothing to do with any of those misses, it was just wind and execution… Hence, the Rams lost the game, you did not win it… so to speak.

      However, delusional as Miami Dolphin fans are, I am sure you will still go on living like Reggie Bush is the best running back in the league, Ryan Tannehill is the next Dan Marino, and that you actually have a legitimate shot at beating out the New England Patriots for a playoff spot.

  • cosmo

    You are what your record says you are. You just got beat by a rookie QB and its killing you. Bash tannehill all you want but your still stuck with bradford going nowhere. I thought there was two ignorant writers on the same website. But I was wrong. Same one. Again Si should not be giving links to this site.

    • GetOffYourKnees

      If you want someone to suck off Ryan Tannehill either stay on the Miami fan page or get on your knee and do it yourself. No one on any site in the NFL is going to be “wow”ed by your rookies performances except analyst in Miami, if that…

      • Cosmo

        Like I said your name is what you say it is “GetOffYourKnees”.

      • cosmo

        Lets just change the website to “RamItIn” starring Jeff Fisher and costarring Sam Bradford