Hello again, TST! I don't know what to make of the new site layouts just yet. Week 3 of this interesting NFL season is in the books. Oh what a week it was. There were many close games that ended up being all sorts of crazy. The Titans game was the craziest of them all from start to finish. We had just about every conceivable way you could score a touchdown, hail marys, ref issues, and a thrilling finish. Elsewhere in the NFL, it's safe to say that the Saints should put up a statue of Sean Payton in the French Quarter right now. No team has illustrated the point that you need a head coach better than they have. The Vikings showed up to play the 49ers and beat them at their own game. I still think the 49ers are one of the best teams in the league despite the stinker. The Falcons and Ravens each had impressive wins over equally talented foes, showing the world that the Super Bowl goes through Atlanta and Baltimore this year. Denver is just a middle of the road team and it's clear that Peyton has lost it. How many times are they going to give 20+ point leads to the other team and almost win it? I see the Broncos struggling to build a competent team because of Peyton's albatross of a contract (5 years, $90 Million+ last time I checked). Now onto the scam that was the ending of Monday Night Football, it's mindblowing crap that wasn't called an interception and even more despicable that the NFL insulted everyone's intelligence by releasing that bull[redacted] of a statement yesterday. Roger Goodell and the NFL owners are making a mockery of the shield they so covet to protect. It has reached NBA referee levels of pure incompetence and hilarity. If those fools don't wake up, the MLB and NBA will soon overtake them in popularity once again. Anyways, I'm sorry that I wasn't able to post this yesterday as promised due to scheduling conflicts. I'm always open to taking comments/suggestions/hate mail on how to improve this feature. As usual, you can contact me via these mediums:
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Thoughts on the Rams after the jump! Jump (well not really since the format changed, but you're welcome to jump anyway!!)
Offense - Well, it was a horrifying display by the offense in this one. It's going to happen a lot this year, Rams fans, every time the Rams go up against even a remotely competent defense. The Bears D controlled the game and the line of scrimmage throughout. The comedy that's called not drafting help for the Rams OL came back to bite them once again. Bradford did what he could but with Bears in his face all day, it was pointless and very fruitless. I commend Steven Jackson for trying to play on a bad groin but he looked out of it from the start. Does Fisher not understand the idea of having other running backs on the roster and playing them even after a year off? Surely Richardson and Pead could've done an average to below average job. It's hard to win in this league with two legitimate weapons (one of which is best suited to be a #3 slot WR for a good offense and an one trick pony on a good day). It didn't help matters when Bradford reverted to Captain Checkdown form, either.
Defense - The defense tried their best but with the offense struggling, it stood little chance of winning and it showed when the Bears took control late for good. It helped the defense that Jay Cutler was being Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall was playing hot potato with the ball as usual. I feel bad for this defense having to be perfect every game while the offense just poops the bed every time.
Overall - It was an extremely messy game for both sides but that was expected. The Rams abhorrent failure to draft OL this past draft has come to haunt Fisher and Bradford. I'm sure Brian Quick being inactive for every game so far helps them sleep at night though. There will be many days like this one for the Rams until they fix the OL and get better weapons to surround Captain Checkdown. It probably won't get any better this Sunday either, when a vastly underrated and superior Seahawks defense visits to wreak havoc. If they can get to Rodgers 9 times, how many sacks can they get off of the even more porous Rams OL?