The Rams this week had played a horrible game, which I am sure is what everybody has heard. Why I am writing this is because, like pretty much everyone else, I was in despair at the Rams outing on Sunday, especially as I had to stay up to watch it, and then write an exam the next day, safe to say, I was pissed. Well, for better or worse, during the school day,(after the exam, thankfully) the Rams game was on my mind. After thinking about it, I noticed some points, that we maybe missed, with the great expectations kept on the Rams after one good game. Here are the points:
1) The Rams defense was brilliant.- This is probably obvious, but our defense played well. They had two stops nullified due to stupid penalties, and ended up playing most of the game. And as the Rams offense could do nothing, the Defense was gassed. I think that if the offense could have played a bit better, and extended their drives, the Defense could have kept up their pressure on Cutler. Maybe you noticed, the game was one by the team who had more pressure. Later in the game, our defense, being exhausted, couldn't get anything on Cutler. The bears defense on the other hand, played so little, that they were fresh all game, and in the end, they helped win the Bears the game, making a close game look much farther away.
2) The Rams offense line isn't that bad- The Rams offensive line, in my opinion should be awarded for their efforts in the last two games. Remember, this Sunday, they played one of the best D-Lines in the country. I mean, think about it, we had only two starters, both on the right side, which if I remember properly, didn't give up a lot of sacks. Most of them came from the left and middle. And think of this, Wayne Hunter, our backup LT, and one of the worst tackles last year, was going up against Julius Peppers, who is one of the best pass rushers in the league, and definitely close to the top in all time pass rushers. Back up tackle vs one of the best pass rushers, who do you think is going to win? While Peppers did win, Wayne Hunter didn't play too bad. He did his part, and sometimes gave plenty of time for Sam. For me, Quinn Ojinanaka was the biggest disappointment, as he has got pancaked twice in two games. He just doesn't have the strength to compete with powerful DTs, even though his technique is ok. Hopefully, with some weight work, that will be improved. Another big problem was that, on almost all pass plays, Amendola, who had a big game last week, was Sam's first read. It didn't help that he was always covered by at least two people. Sam didn't go through his read fast enough, and when he had extra time, no one could get open. Sam is at some fault for not getting his reads done fast, and by not throwing it away, sure, some plays he should have just taken the sack, but on others he should have just thrown it.
3) The run game is on the verge of a breakthrough- Yes, the run game last week looked bad, really bad. So bad, the Rams stopped it. Bad idea. Steven, even though he wasn't getting a ton of yards, was wearing down the defense. I think he was slightly slowed down, as some plays, he had an opening, but just wasn't fast enough to get through. Hopefully, it was because of his injury. On the other hand, Richardson is showing some speed. He has good acceleration, and switches gears quickly. He is a great compliment to Steven Jackson, and if need be, he can even get the tough yards. I think, as soon as the O-line gets gelled together, remember, they have been together for only two weeks, the blocking will improve. And as the defenses become weaker, I think the Rams offense can really show some spark.
But this doesn't mean the Rams played a good game. As I said above, Sam wasn't as his best, and the offense as a whole wasn't that great. But I am proud of them, especially the defense, for playing a game that was much closer then what it says on paper. Last year, this game would have been a forgone conclusion(like my french exams), with not many even bothering to watch. This year, this was a game we thought we could win, and almost could have. Sometimes we'll have good days (Redskins) or bad days( Bears) every team gets them, the bears, the New England Patriots( they are 1-2 also, anyone calling them shit?) and even the seemingly untouchable 49ers, who lost to the Vikings (hahahahahahahaha)
Next week, against the Seahawks, I think will be an interesting game, the Seahawks have seemingly found their missing QB in Russel Wilson, completing a team which had a strong running game, strong defense and good WR group. Our O-line will not face as much pressure, but could be beat by Bruce Irvin and his speed. The Seattle Secondary is very good, and will be a good test for Sam Bradford and our Receivers. Very quickly, the NFC West have become contenders, and the division games will be plenty of fun to watch. Here's to the Rams playing some competitive football.