Another week, another learning experience for this young St. Louis Rams’ squad. Most will gawk at the final score and chalk the outcome up to the “same ‘ol Rams” performing poorly, but that wouldn’t tell the whole story. Aside from Week 3 of the preseason, a win merely tells you which team could come out on top in the case that every single offensive and defensive starter went down with injury at some point in the game; not necessarily telling of your team’s true potential. Regardless, there was plenty of content this past weekend breaking down everything you could possibly want to know about the Green Bay Packers’ game. Here is some of the best stuff!
If you think your mind can handle some way-too-early season predictions, Bleacher Report has gone ahead and given their game-by-game “breakdown” for the entire season. Ramblin’ Fan predicted somewhere in the range of 8 to 11 wins this season, depending on how the Rams stack up in the division. Click here to get their take…
Tackling. Lining up in the correct position. Knowing the snap count. These are fundamental, basic tenets of football, at any level. However, Saturday’s game against the Packers made it evident that these young players still need to hone these basic skills if the team is going to continue playing into January.
By our slightly-bias count, Sam Bradford is 13 of 20 passing this preseason, with 4 drops, 2 “catchable” throws, and 1 “winnable” deepball. In this piece, The Oklahoman gives some insight into Sam Bradford and his new breadth of confidence this season. Bradford comes across as mature, excited, and, most importantly, as a leader to this young offensive roster. Let’s hope his new confidence can translate onto the football field this season.
The St. Louis Rams rookies were a little more active this week, especially on defensive side of the football. While Tavon Austin might snag the headlines, it may have been a trio of undrafted free agent rookies that stole the show on Thursday. At each level, the Rams appear to have, at least, one player how has earned a spot on the final 53-man roster. On the defensive line, Gerald Rivers was able to step up on the defensive line rotation, filling for Eugene Sims. At linebacker, Ray Ray Armstrong had a mini-highlight reel, getting extra snaps with the 2nd-team defense with Jo-Lonn Dunbar still in the Fisher-doghouse. At safety, Cody Davis continues to impress, nearly snagging an interception, but still finishing the game with four tackles. This is what the preseason is all about!
For those who didn’t get an opportunity to watch the game, or for those who didn’t believe that the tackling was “that bad” on Thursday… this is the article for you. Turf Show Time’s Brandon Bate breaks down countless missed tackles from the game, including pictures. Go take a look for yourself.