So, the Rams improved in a few areas in Sunday’s game against Green Bay. First the offensive line gave QB Sam Bradford more time to throw which resulted in better efficiency from the second year signal caller. Bradford completed 28 of 44 passes for 321 yards against the league‘s 31 ranked pass defense. The Rams also played a much better game on the defensive side of the ball. Though Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 310 yards only 76 of them came in the second half. They also intercepted Rodgers once and the front seven held the Packers to 3 yards per carry on the ground. So, you’d think those type of stats could possibly result into a win, right? Wrong, the Rams somehow managed to lose to Green Bay 24-3. With the loss the Rams fall to 0-5 and the Packers remain undefeated at 6-0.
There were other areas of improvements for the Rams in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Young receivers Brandon Gibson, Denario Alexander and Greg Salas showed some life by making a few nice receptions. Though they were routine catches they were catches that were not being made a few weeks ago. The trio combined for 18 catches for 211 yards. Even rookie WR Lance Kendricks, who’s had his problems making routine catches got in on the act and caught four passes for 71 yards. On one pass in particular he delivered a strong stiff arm to a would be Packers defender and pulled in a 45 yard reception early in the game. Kendricks, despite that mild success reminded us that he has not quite arrived by dropping a pass on fourth and six in the fourth quarter that killed a potential TD drive by the Rams. He was not alone, however, Alexander and Salas both dropped passes as well.
Despite giving up three TD’s and 234 yards passing to Rodgers in the first half the Rams tightened the defense in the second half. They forced four Green Bay punts after halftime and also pressured Rodgers into his third interception of the season. St. Louis also gave itself a chance when it controlled the ball 1:16 longer than the Packers (30:41 to 29:19). For the most part the Rams matched Green Bay in every key category but where it matters most, the final score. Missed opportunities and sloppy play (false starts, holding penalties) remain the Rams’ Achilles heel.
Some things did, however, remain the same. Along with the dropped passes mentioned above the Rams can’t seem to get over the red zone hump going 0 for 3 inside the Packers 20 yard line on Sunday. Even though they allowed Bradford more time in the pocket St. Louis gave up three more sacks and allowed several big hits on Bradford. The Rams lead the league in sacks allowed with 19.
Prior to their second half upgrade the Rams’ defense allowed a couple of big plays in the first half to Packers’ receivers. James Jones caught a 35 yard TD pass from Rodgers and Jordy Nelson got loose for a 93 yarder. If the Rams are to notch a win this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys Rams’ defensive coordinator Ken Flajole will have to use the second half against the Packers as a source of motivation for his troops. If not this could be another long day for the Rams.
About the Author
Written by Chaz Ingram
During his lengthy career Chaz has worked in various areas of the media. As an actor he has appeared on such shows as "Less Than Perfect" "CSI New York" and "Outlaw". He's performed on stage in such plays as "West Side Story", "The Wiz" "Oliver" and "Sugar". He has also landed roles in several commercials most notably as a reporter for "NFL Legends" and as a model for Ameriquest Mortgage. Chaz's extensive background in the broadcast industry has given him invaluable experience in several areas of the business. His work as an assignment desk intern as well as in the news and sports departments at the local ABC and NBC TV stations in St. Louis, MO has given him experence on various levels of news production. Chaz is a former host of of his own radio show "The Spirit of Chaz", where he was also writer and producer at KXEN in St. Louis. As a Marketing Consultant at KSDK-TV (NBC) Chaz was a major contributor to the station's #1 position in overall sales in the St. Louis market. At KEZK radio he was awarded "rookie of the year" for his achievements in sales. The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Chaz as one of their "40 Under 40" awardees for his work in the community with youth. Additionally, St. Louis public Schools recognized him as "Role Model of the Year" in 1995 & 1996. He is the recipient of the 1989 edition of "Outstanding Young Men of America". Chaz currently resides in Los Angeles where he owns Nicolexis Inspirations a motivational and life coach company.