I know many of you are feeling down after such disappointing performance from the Rams today. After reading a few comment sections following the game, the general impression I get is that of chicken little and the sky falling. I'm not here to tell you that you can't be upset or depressed, rather that you can always pick out a few positives from the Rams' current situation. That being said, here are some positive notes that should encourage you to back away from that ledge, put down that bottle, or put that piece back in the safe.
First of all, with a record of 1-2, the Rams are currently in 17th place, very nearly in the top half of the NFL. With a Raiders loss on Monday, the Rams would be tied for 16th in the NFL. Not only this, but the Rams are currently tied for 6th in the NFC and 2nd in the division.
Speaking of the division, the 49ers have looked far from the Super Bowl favorite they were predicted to be. With a 1-2 record overall and 0-1 in the division, they currently sit behind the Rams in the standings. Their supposedly vaunted defense has allowed 28 points a game. On offense, they have only managed a meager three and seven points their last two games. Even if we know that the Rams' season isn't looking the best right now, at least we can look at the 49ers' season and revel in their misery.
One of the biggest problems with the Rams' play this season, has been the soft coverage from the corners. Let me preface this next point by admitting that because of the Cowboys' ability to run at will, they didn't really need to pass. This game, the Rams' corners seemed to play a little less soft coverage and held the Cowboys to just 203 yards passing. Dez Bryant, arguably one of the league's top five wide receivers, was held to just 38 yards on four receptions and one touchdown. I, along with Jeff Fisher, believe that Dez should have been penalized for offensive pass interference, negating that TD.
Penalties have been another big issue regarding the Rams this season. While the penalties seem like a major concern, perhaps its not as bad as everyone thinks. Coming into this game, the Rams ranked 18th in penalty yards assessed with 121 yards penalized. Today the Rams were penalized five times for 41 yards, bringing their total through three games to eighteen penalties for 162 yards. The Cowboys were penalized for 31 more yards today than the Rams. I would now like to bring San Francisco's penalty issues into the picture. Coming into today, they ranked 21st in yards penalized. After today's game, the 49ers have been flagged 21 times for 176 yards. I'll also just throw out the Jets' numbers for today: 20 penalties for 168 yards. See, it could always be worse.
I didn't write this tonight to convince everyone that the season is gonna be all sunshine and rainbows. I'm not delusional. I just want everyone to realize that this is still early in the season and we have a long way to go. This is not the end of the world. Things could turn around for all we know. The potential is there, the coaching staff just has to make the proper adjustments. With all that being said, I would like to leave you with the wonderful wisdom of Eric Idle and see if you don't feel a little better afterwards.