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Rams Stumble At Home To The Ravens, Fall To 0-3
Posted By Chaz Ingram On Sep 27 2011 @ 5:13 pm In St. Louis Rams | No Comments
In my preview article regarding the Rams and Giants game last week I made reference to the fact that the Rams offense should experience some success against the Giants defense at the Meadowlands. I made this prediction based on the fact that the Giants’ defense against Chicago had allowed Bears QB Rex Grossman (whom I described as no Johnny Unitas) to throw for over 300 yards while completing 61% of his passes in their previous game.
Apparently the ghost of Unitas’ seasons past has re-surfaced in the form of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He led an aerial assault on the Rams Sunday at St. Louis’ Edwards Jones Dome that would have made even Unitas blush. Flaaco was 27 for 48 passing for a career high 389 yards and 3 TD and a quarterback rating of 103.6. He came into the game with an overall rating of 82.8 having thrown for 4 TD and 2 INT on the year. Flacco almost equaled his TD total for the year in one quarter versus the Rams.
Little known wide receiver Torrey Smith, a second round draft pick out of the University of Maryland with elite speed (4.3 in the 40) scorched Rams CB Justin King early and often. All of his three TD came in the first quarter on catches of 74, 41 and 18 yards. And just like that the Ravens were up 21-0 before you could say Usain Bolt. The lead was 27-0 by half time and it was as if the Rams hadn’t even showed up for the game.
Smith finished the game with 5 receptions for 152 yards and could have had more were it not for two overthrown passes by Flacco. He had not made a reception in the Ravens’ previous two games. The three TD receptions by Smith left cornerback King with a bruised ego and left the Rams wondering what has gone awry on a season that had so much promise coming in. “We’re not playing up to the level that is in this locker room,” said Rams’ running back Steven Jackson.
As I figured the Ravens defense would cause some challenges for the Rams offensively. Even I had no idea it would be that tough for Bradford and the St. Louis offense.
The Rams finally got on the scoreboard when Bradford hit Brandon Gibson with a 34 yard pass. The Ravens quickly responded when LB Ray Lewis stripped Bradford of the ball and All Pro DT Haloti Ngata scooped the ball up and raced 32 yards for the Ravens final score.
As King was addressing the media regarding his defense on Smith, or the lack thereof, the Rams’ defense stood up on King’s behalf. “it wasn’t him,” “it ain’t one person out there,” “it’s 11 on 11,” said veteran teammate Quintin Mikkel. “Everybody in this locker room. It’s all of us,“ countered Al Harris.
If the Rams had defended the Ravens with as much intensity as they defended their teammate against the media I may be writing a totally different article.
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