This Sunday is a "put up or shut up" game for the young St. Louis Rams. They more than likely won't go to the Superbowl this season, but who knows? Maybe they can get their stuff together and right the ship. It seems like a big "what-if", but there's still 12 games left for the Rams.
The season is still young enough that the Rams could give their fans something to cheer about. The road to victory will start this Sunday when the 1-3 Rams go head-to-head against the 0-4 Jacksonville Jaguars. It's a game that many had the Rams winning easily not all that long ago. This game has as much potential to be close, as it does to be a blowout.
With all that being said, the players listed will have to come up big if they want their team to win.
Sam Bradford: It only took a couple weeks for Bradford to hear from the critics this season. Honestly, you can blame the coordinators and the players, but the Rams offense has to move the ball early and not just in garbage time. Who fault is that? Could be anyone's, but the quarterback will get the majority of the blame. A good game against the Jaguars wouldn't set the critics back, but if he throws a couple of interceptions, and the Rams offense plays like it has through four games, expect to hear more talk about how they need a new quarterback.
Jared Cook: Cook teased fans with his 7 catches for 141 yards and 2 touchdown debut. The three games after his debut have been duds, 10 catches for 99 yards, and no touchdowns. The Rams offense has been hard to watch, the Rams need to find a way to get Cook involved more on intermediate routes and in the red zone. This could end up a good coming out party for Cook.
Chris Givens: During the preseason Givens flashed what many hoped was number one potential. But he isn't producing like fans would hope. He has 13 catches for 235 yards and hasn't visited the end zone once this season. Teams have decided to focus on Givens and whatever happens, happens, and it has worked so far. Givens needs to be involved more in the intermediate game because without another threat on the offense, teams have taken the deep ball away and that was a big part of his game.
Janoris Jenkins: Jenkins hasn't been horrible this season. He's had his rough patches, like against Julio Jones, but a lot of players would struggle against a receiver of that caliber. The last two weeks were rest for Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson was on Dez Bryant against the Cowboys and the 49ers didn't do much in the air after Cortland Finnigan went down with an injury. Jenkins needs to do what he does best, he's a gambler, but he hasn't came up with a key turnover this season. With Blaine Gabbert throwing multiple interceptions in every game he's started this year (only played two), it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jenkins end up with one.
The running backs: Who will start this week in the Rams backfield? Does it really matter? The Rams running backs haven't been able to get anything going this season, and honestly they all have been more or less interchangeable. Most of the reason is because of the poor run blocking by the Rams offensive line, but these running backs look like the worst in the league. Daryl Richardson said on Twitter that he wasn't starting, but someone has to. Will it be, Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham, or will the Rams 5th round draft pick Zac Stacy start? Your guess is as good as mine, hopefully someone can get a first down or two on the ground.
Hopefully these players can spur the Rams to a 2-3 record, if not this will be a long season.