Last weeks blowout loss to the Detroit Lions left us wondering:
Who would step in for injured receiverMark Clayton? or Where is the pass rush going to come from?
Well, I think it’s safe to say that those questions were answered.
Danario Alexander, who was just elevated off the practice squad, made an immediate impact in his first NFL game. The 6-4 wideout was targeted five times with four receptions for 72 yards and a TD.
The Rams have been missing a big play wide receiver all season. It’s only one game but all signs point to Alexander as the short term replacement. If he is indeed the deep threat the Rams very much need,Sam Bradford will have a much easier time finding openings for his receivers.
One sack was all the Rams could muster up against the Lions in Week 5. One sack against a team that hadn’t won a game all season and seven sacks against the team whose offense ranks first in the NFL. Something isn’t right about that.
From what my eyes tell me, it’s not the players who have been inconsistent but more so the Rams coaching staff.
It was the tale of two halves for the defense.
96 total yards allowed on 28 plays, 20 pass/ 7 run/ 1 FG
Five sacks, one interception
195 total yards allowed on 34 plays, 23 pass, 10 run, 1 FG BLK
Coach Spagnuolo came out guns a blitzing. Five sacks in one half is one more than they’ve had in a game this season. The lone interception came on a play where OJ Atogwe aggressively dove in front of WR Malcom Floyd in the end zone, resulting in a touchback for the Rams.
The Rams went to half with a 17-3 lead, largely thanks to suffocating pressure on Philip Rivers.
When the second started, coach Spags changed the game plan. We saw the same “bend but don’t break” defensive mentality that allowed the Lions to nickel and dime them to death.
Look at the numbers, they don’t lie. When the Rams changed their approach, the door opened and San Diego started to move the ball.
Why allow Philip Rivers who was clearly sucker punch drunk from the five sacks and countless hits he took in the first half an opportunity to beat you in the second?
In the end, the “bend but don’t break” worked for the Rams but had the Chargers had one more drive, the game may have ended with a different result.
Overall, it was a great day for the St. Louis Rams. Up next they have the Tampa Bay Bucs on the road and another chance to get above .500 since Week 8 of the 2006 season.
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Written by Bear Heiser
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