There are losses, there are bad losses, and then there are the losses that occurred Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams will start their 2014 season 0-1 as they lost to the Minnesota Vikings 34-6.
Although the Rams kept it pretty close throughout the first half, as the Rams found themselves down only 6-0 deep into the first half. The Rams even managed to slow down Adrian Peterson, holding him under 100 yard for the game.
All of that changed after a late first half interception by Shaun Hill. The Vikings took advantage by scoring a touchdown, and never looked back. Minnesota pulled away in the second half scoring 21 unanswered points.
The 34-year-old Hill made his first start since 2010 and was 8 for 13 for 81 yards. Hill was replaced in the second half by Austin Davis due to a thigh injury. The third year quarterback was 16 for 23 for 192 yards and an interception.
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Although the Rams held Peterson, they could not stop Cordarrelle Patterson. The second year receiver put in the dagger on a 67-yard scoring run off a simple pitchout. Patterson finished with 102 yards rushing.
The Rams only points came from two Greg Zuerlein field goals, one from 56 and the other from 46 yards out. This was the Rams’ worst loss at the Edward Jones Dome since a 37-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 and their worst loss to the Vikings since a 35-7 loss in 1966.
Brian Quick grabbed a career high seven catches and had career high 99 yards receiving
OL Greg Robinson, the second overall pick of the draft, was limited to a handful of special teams snaps the first half, but came in at guard after Roger Saffold (neck) left in the fourth quarter
Rams had 13 penalties for 121 yards