Well it was nowhere near a "pretty" game but the Rams won their second game of the season today by the score of 13-12. This will of course be my good be my thoughts of the game, more after the Jump..
Steven Jackson is a beast, I mean what else can we say about the guy. His 3rd consecutive game with 100 yards (128) to be exact and at times not only did he run over defenders but he was also running over his line. I think during these last couple of weeks he's shown the people that thought he was washed up that he can still be dominate in the run game. The only bad play that he had during this game is the fumble but he doesn't fumble very often so he gets a break from everybody on that aspect.
What can I say about our WR corps, if anything was showed today it was they still can't get separation. Recently I got into a heated debate with a TST member over WR being a bigger need than the OLine and I think my point was proven today. My main point what that if Lloyd was covered could anybody else get open and I think that other than a few times they just can't. Lloyd had a good first half but I don't even believe that he had a catch in the second half and when we need a WR to get some separation they just couldn't. Gibson didn't have a catch I don't think, Pettis got open a couple of times but not that many times and didn't anybody else notice Cleveland was single covering these guys? They were daring our WRs to burn them and they couldn't, as far as I'm concerned WR is still our biggest problem.
Our OLine gets a little credit today. They played great the first half, even giving Sam some time to orchestrate most of the half. But it was like when Safflold went down they couldn't give Sam enough time and they DLine was living in the backfield. I am of the opinion that this OLine has improved over the season and if not for Saffold going down they would have given Sam way more time in the backfield. I think they proved today and in recent games that they aren't the major problem with this OLine, they do have problems though but not as big as our WR need.
Defense was awesome today, still playing by the philosophy of bend but don't break. Our Defense didn't give up a TD on the day even after the bomb Colt threw to Little. I think besides a few holes here and there this Defense is pretty solid, but they do need a DT and CB IMO. Overall though not giving up any TDs after they were on the field repeatedly thanks to the Offenses inability to sustain a drive is incredible and I partially give Spag credit for getting these guys up to play week in a and week out. JL and Long had timely sacks, for the most part making sure that if Colt did get to the outside he couldn't run on us. I would also give credit to the ST for saving us in this game, when the momentum seemed like it was going to switch to the Browns they came up with a nice strip and gave the offense the necessary field position to set up the go ahead FG, hats off to them.
On another note I'd like to say that I'm getting tired of people saying that we should lose on purpose so we can get a high draft pick. Me personally think we will have a top 5 pick because we have so many holes and all but never would I suggest we should lose on purpose even if the end result would be us getting Blackmon, it's dumb and even though it doesn't seem like this team has much to fight for they do. They have their pride and they owe it to us fans that spend money on Rams attire, wear to go out there and fight every week no matter a win, loss or a draw. and if you were a fan you wouldn't ask for anything less. People need to get the fuck over Luck because we are not going to get him, Sam is our franchise QB now beg the FO to get the man some more weapons. I also think Sam earned some respect from his team today for coming back in when most would have probably excepted if he wanted to stay out.
Well there you have it, my thoughts on the Cleveland game, I hope you agree and if you have anything to add comment below.