Well, it wasn't pretty. That's for damn sure. Still, after 30 minutes the Rams have their first halftime lead of the 2014 season.
It's largely on two fronts. First and foremost, the offensive line is dominating. Now the performance comes with a bit of a disclaimer that the Buccaneers were already down to defensive linemen; today, they've lost DT Gerald McCoy. It's only fair to note that the Bucs are working a depleted unit up front. Nevertheless, the Rams' O-line has been near masterful. They're crushing in the run game, and Davis has yet to be sacked. Improved offensive line play was my #1 key to the game. They're providing it.
Defensively, the Rodney McLeod interception was huge. The Bucs were in FG position and driving before the pressure forced a poor throw that McLeod made a solid play on. Overall, it's a strong defensive performance. Tampa's playing a very Schottenheimer gameplan, and it's just not creating much. Had the Rams not been penalized three times on the first drive, they could be working a shutout right now.
In the end, this is the Rams' MO. This is what the gameplan is built aroud: power running and sound defense.
They're getting it done today. We just need a bit more of it over 30 minutes for the Rams to get their first win of the season.