Last week, the Rams were able to weather a poor second half against the Chargers, escaping with a narrow win thanks to Steven Jackson. Today, despite not giving up a touchdown to Tampa for the first 59 minutes and 49 seconda of the game, it's the offense that yet again is going to get the blame. Rightly so.
There are plenty of goats to go around. Sam Bradford didn't play well. The offensive line didn't create much for Steven Jackson in the second half, especially in the third quarter. The "Draft AJ Green" club is sure to grow after today's leading receiver, Danny Amendola, finished with 3 catches for 29 yards.
The only person you can thank on offense is Steven Jackson who is now the Rams' all-time leading rusher. He did his part, finishing with 110 yards on the ground.
Last week, Coach Spags attributed the second half offensive woes to "trying to establish the run." Having established the run in the first half today, explaining this loss is going to be much harder. It's been said before, but this was a game we should have won. We may not have deserved it, but we should've have finished with the win. Another road game, another missed opportunity. And so goes the 2011 season.