Same story different game. Special teams penalties continued to be problem for the Rams as a Tavon Austin punt return for a touchdown was called back. The secondary still is giving opposing receivers ridiculous amounts of cushion, and the Rams got off to yet another slow start. This is by far the most disappointing loss of the season as the Rams will fall to 1-2.
Remember in 2011 when the Rams played the Cowboys in Dallas, and the Rams allowed DeMarco Murray to run for 253 yards as they got blown out 34-7? Bradford’s old teammate at Oklahoma had another successful day against the Rams as he had 175 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Rams had been doing well stopping the run the last two weeks, but this week the Rams lost the battle up front and it showed on the scoresheet.
The Rams once again for not the second straight game, but the third straight game, got off to a slow start as they went down 10-0 in the first quarter and were down 17-0 going into the half. This season the Rams have been outscored 51-13 just in the first half. The Rams playoff chances are slim, but if they want to make the playoffs they need to give their defense a lead to play off of.
The offense had problems moving the ball all game as they only produced two first downs in the first half, and the second one was fumbled by Chris Givens. Sam Bradford finished 29/48 for 24o yards and a touchdown. Bradford did not turn the ball over, but his streak of 4 straight games without a sack was snapped as he was sacked 6 times. The Rams finally got going when they started using the no-huddle late in the game. Hopefully Fisher will get the hint that the offense plays better in the no-huddle. Due to the fact that the Rams were down the entire game, the Rams only ran the ball 10 times with their running backs, and Richardson wasnt one of them, he left the game due to a foot injury. Pead finished with 6 carries for 20 yards.
This was one of those games where the Rams could get nothing going, and nothing was going the Rams’ way. This is definitely a tough one to swallow. The Rams have a tough challenge next week against the 49ers and although it may tough to believe right now, it will be a close game and the Rams will give themselves a shot to win it. To put it all into perspective the Rams best offensive weapons today were Isaiah Pead and Austin Pettis, Pettis scored the team’s only touchdown. The Rams were also an astonishing 1/13 on third down.
To win this game the Rams needed to win up front and they didnt do that, like I said, the Rams allowed six sacks and only got one. On defense it was Janoris Jenkins and T.J. McDonald who lead the team in tackles. McDonald was actually one of the few bright spots on the defense today. Romo didnt have a fantastic day as he only threw for 210 yards, but he threw for three touchdowns and his running back rushed for 175. When that happens, yards dont matter all that much.
Injury wise DE William Hayes hyperextended his knee and he will receive an MRI, it doesn’t seem to be anything serious though. Like I mentioned, Richardson also left the game in the 1st quarter.
The Rams will now have to forget about this one within the next few hours and start focusing on the 49ers as they will play them on Thursday night. The Rams are coming off a disappointing loss, and it may be hard to believe, but Thursday’s game will be a close one. The Rams will be back at home in the dome where they play better and feel more comfortable. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two step forward, hopefully this is one of those cases.