The St. Louis Rams are 3-0. Unfortunately, this is only the preseason; however, if head coach Steve Spagnuolo can can keep his team playing this sharp, the Rams could turn some heads when the games count. Reviews were positive about what the Rams did against their Kansas City Chiefs in a 14-10 win last night.
Sam Bradford played well, but did throw one interception. Spagnuolo, who knows a little about defense, credits Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson for making an excellent play.
From my point of reference, that was an excellent play. Not a lot of guys in this league can make that play ... I thought it was a pretty good throw, and sometimes those things happen when you play against elite players.
The run defense was much improved after last week's game against the Titans. Limiting the damage done by Jamaal Charles is always impressive. Even more impressive was holding the Chiefs to three points after taking over at the 7-yard line. Here's James Hall:
Guys are flying around. We're playing physical, which is our No. 1 goal. Guys are making plays and getting off the field. We had a sudden-change situation down in the red zone, and we held them to three. That's something to hold your head up about.
No answers in the wide receiver competition last night. Donnie Avery, Mardy Gilyard and Danario Alexander did little to seperate themselves in crowded field. ESPN's Mike Sando:
None seemed to get much separation in this game, either from defenders or from each other.
Offensive tackle Jason Smith needs a big season to establish himself and live up to his draft status. So far, so good. Smith played with more vigor and less restraint last night than he has through his first two seasons.
Aside from getting beat for a near sack/fumble on one play, RT Jason Smith was as dominant and physical as he's been since he got to the league. A very promising start, especially in the running game.
We'll have plenty more to discuss throughout the day and the rest of the weekend.