It's pretty clear now that we here at Turf Show Times, and almost every media pundit dramatically over-rated the Rams. I predicted seven wins, and that is started to look far to kind.
For the third week in a row, the Rams were annihilated in the first half. Unlike the previous two weeks, the Rams didn't rebound in the second half. The Rams were a mess the entire contest. The team looked shockingly similar to the 2007-2009 version.
The Rams defense was horrible in the first half. The Cowboys didn't have a 100 yard runner in 17 games prior to today, and the Rams almost allowed Demarco Murray that in the first half. Couldn't stop the run. Couldn't stop the pass. Pathetic.
To make matters worse, the Rams failed to scored any first half points. Through three games, St. Louis has only put up thirteen points in the first half. The offensive game plans have been awful. Opposing teams have no trouble stopping the Rams. They are far too predictable on offense. Stop Jared Cook, stop the Rams.
The one thing the Rams offense has been successful at this season is running hurry up, but Jeff Fisher refused to run it in the first half or the third quarter with the Rams struggling to move the ball. No, he waited until the fourth when the game was already out of reach to run hurry up. Inexcusable.
If you are currently blaming Sam Bradford, I pity you. There is nothing Bradford could have done in this game. He had no time to make throws. The offensive line was garbage. Jake Long, the Rams new overpaid player, was benched in the game. He wasn't injured. He was straight up pulled in the game.
The Rams also didn't get any contributions from Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, and Cortland Finnegan, three other key veterans with big contracts. They are supposed to be the foundation of the Rams, but they have been absent the first three games.
T.J. McDonald was the only player who played well today. When a third round rookie is by far the best player on the field, you have a big problem.
The Rams were out-coached for the third straight week. The same penalty issues, and the same difficulty to gain any yards on offense, or stop the passing game on defense were prevalent. I'd honesty suggest firing a coach or two if it weren't for the Rams playing the Thursday night game next week.
Jesus, they have to play the 49ers in four days.