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Win Reveals Strengths, Flaws of Rams Squad

What can we glean from the OT thriller?

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1) #Sackcity Arrives on Time

The Rams ferocious front registered 6 sacks. Aaron Donald was a monster: registering 9 tackles, 3 TFL, and 2 sacks. Robert Quinn had 2 sacks of his own and wreaked havoc even while being held constantly. The primary negative from this group is Eugene Sims. If he misses extended time, it will hurt the rotation.

2) The Defense is good, but still has kinks to work out

I loved that the defense was able to buckle down in the red zone during the 1st half. But the Jimmy Graham TD was a poor call schematically. I believe in TJ as much as the next guy, but he was not put in a position to succeed on that play.

The DBs - even when injury riddled - largely showed well. Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson had big games filling in for the injured E.J. Gaines and Trumaine Johnson. Mark Barron looked good in a more limited role as well.

3) Tavon Austin is not a bust, and he may yet prove to be the spark plug of this offense.

He had 2 electric plays and several other clutch plays. Oh, and he's not just a gadget player. He had a key 3rd down conversion late in the game to sustain a drive. It seems that Cignetti actually has an idea of how to use him.

4) Nick Foles is who I want leading my Rams

For anyone who watched the broadcast, I apologize. This is beating a dead horse, but Foles was a MAN today. He only got sacked twice, but he got hit on the chin on multiple occasions and always came back up strong. Even after having his throwing arm jarred on the Cary Williams TD, he got right back onto the field to lead a long TD drive. This isn't something that you would have expected when the Rams were led by Sam Bradford

I was a staunch Bradford supporter when he was in horns. I still love his arm, but he fell short in the leadership category. Foles is a clear upgrade for this version of the Rams.

5) The Rams shook the flags today

They only had 4 penalties for 30 yards while Seattle had 7 for 46 yards. Truth be told, they should have had many more holding penalties (and a Richard Sherman pass interference), but the Rams didn't shoot themselves in the foot - with penalties.

6) The Turnovers, however, need to stop

You won't beat the Seahawks - or any team - very often with a -2 TO differential. And enough of the D/ST TDs. They are making an otherwise good defense look pedestrian.