Well the preseason is finally over. The NFL could cut it in half if you ask me. The Rams finished 3-1 for the 2009 preseason. Is that any indication of what will transpire during the regular season? I don't think so.
The Rams have improved from their embarrassing 2-14 season of a year ago. They still have glaring problems to overcome. The defense still can't stop anyone from running on them. They also have a bad tendency to give up the big play. This would be acceptable, if it didn't happen more than once a game.
Even though the Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-9 on Thursday night, they had 4 plays of 40+ yards against the defense. The defense allowed 406 yards, with 170 of those coming on the ground. I realize most of the starters had limited play, but it's still the scheme that's put to the test. We also have to face that it was the Chiefs offense that put up those numbers. The Chiefs have been picked by many NFL experts to be one of the worst teams this year.
What happens when the Rams play the Vikings, Colts and New Orleans this year? Adrian Peterson will have fun against the Rams rushing defense. Peyton Manning and Drew Breese will have monster numbers. This might sound negative, but I'm being honest.
Do you want some positive notes? The Rams defense had +12 in turnovers for the preseason. If that trend carries into the regular season, that will keep the Rams in the games.
Also, the Rams are a young team. As they continue forward they should get better as the season goes along.
So what did we learn from the preseason? We learned that the Rams won't be as bad as last year. I have them going 6-10 this year. So…… GO RAMS!
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