Oct 26, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; General view of workers putting up signage of St. Louis Rams players Michael Brockers and James Laurinaitis and Robert Quinn and Chris Long (all not pictured) near Wembley Stadium in preparation for the NFL International Series game against the New England Patriots. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Rams take on the New England Patriots tomorrow in London, the one and only international game of the NFL season. The Rams will be looking for a win after a disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers at home last week. Following the game, Ramblin’ Fan threw up a poll asking who was the most impressive rookie from St. Louis’ loss. The options were:
- Chris Givens (3 catches for 73 yards)
- Brian Quick (2 catches for 31 yards)
- Michael Brockers (4 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 sacks, 1 hit on the QB)
- Greg Zuerlein (2 for 2 on field goals, 43, 50 yards)
- Daryl Richardson (8 carries for 36 yards, 3 catches for 43 yards)
With nearly 57% of the votes, Michael Brockers came out as the most impressive player to the fans. No doubt he had a “breakout” type of game, completely dominating the center of the field. Earlier in the week, we wrote an article detailing the individual contributions from each of their rookie, and their impact so far on the season. Here is what we said about Brockers,
"The contribution that Brockers has made is hard to measure with raw number, especially considering he is an interior defensive lineman. It is made even more difficult by the fact that he has only played in three regular season games this season, after nursing an ankle injury sustained in the preseason. However, there are some intriguing numbers that help describe the influence he has had on the game. Since his return, the St. Louis Rams defense has allowed only 151 rushing yards on 60 carries, have yet to allow a rushing touchdown, and have not allowed a running back to gain more than 15 yards on a single rushing attempt. In the four games Brockers was out with his injury, the Rams only managed 6 sacks on opposing quarterbacks. Since his return, the defense has wrangled down the signal caller 15 times in three games, an average of 5 sacks per game. Brockers himself has even made some big plays, recording 6 tackles from the interior of the line, and is 1 of only 24 rookies, and of only 4 rookie defensive tackles, with a sack this season. So much for not being able to rush the passer…"
Chris Givens was the only other player to receiver a significant amount of votes, with 27% of the fans choosing him as the most impressive player against the Packers. He has clearly been the most explosive wide receiver on the team, and may be the most explosive player on the team.
All of the rookies will play a big role if the Rams was a victory over the New England Patriots. Brockers and Givens will likely play the largest roles, one needed to stop the Patriots rushing game, which has been a huge part of each of their wins, and the other to put points on the board and spread out the young New England secondary.
If you haven’t already voted, there is a new poll up on Ramblin’ Fan asking the fans, “Who will be the most important player(s) when the St. Louis Rams take on the New England Patriots in London?” That poll will stay open until an hour before kickoff, so make sure you voice is heard.