Monday, October 26, 2009

Knew It Was Coming

All right Rams fans, we are at 17 straight losses.

The Rams lost yesterday 42-6 at home against the Indianapolis Colts. The 17 losses in a row ties the record for 6th longest losing streak in the history of the NFL.

We knew the Rams didn't have a chance. Peyton Manning (in my opinion) is the best quarterback in the NFL. With their high powered offense and the Rams nonexistent offense, Rams fans knew the outcome before the kickoff.

Peyton didn't need all of his weapons yesterday. The Colts had a balanced attack with Peyton throwing for 3 Td's and they racked up 156 yards on the ground while averaging 6 yards a carry. What can you say?

The Rams tried to stay in the game until their first drive fizzled and they had to settle for a Josh Brown field goal. It was 21-6 Indy at the half, with no chance for the Rams to come back.

The Rams gave up 391 total yards. Actually that's not bad considering the Colts have shown they can score at will this season. It was like watching your two best friends play each other. You wanted it to be closer than it was, but were thankful it wasn't worse.

The Colts took their foot off the throttle, they could have scored 75 points. As sad as that is, the Rams have another concern on the defensive side. Here is an interesting stat. In the three home games this year the Rams have been outscored 116-33. No defense, no offense.

I actually was supposed to go to the game (I had tickets), but something came up and I couldn't go. I am thankful that I didn't drive the eleven hours and spend all that money for a hotel, beers and food. Even though I am a die hard Rams fan, I knew what was coming, and I am glad I wasn't there in person to witness that game.

"See you on the hit side" #21

Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting Closer

Well, it was a close game by the score. On Sunday the Rams took the Jacksonville Jaguars to overtime before losing 23-20. It was the closest the Rams have been to a victory in over a year. Even though the score was close, the stats show the same trend for the Rams.

Yesterday Maurice Jones-Drew ran the ball well against the Rams defense. In the first half, he had 8 carries for only 11 yards. Our defense played well. The second half told the true story. He had 122 yards on 25 carries. He had a career high in attempts with 33 carries. David Garrard also threw for a career-high 335 yards on 43 tries.

The Jaguars had a good offensive game and should have won by a lot more than they did. The Jaguars had 492 total yards to the Rams 262. The Jags time of possession was 42:12 to the Rams 24:48. Again, the Rams defense was on the field too long and was winded. It is a pattern that Rams fans are getting tired of.

Steven Jackson can't do it all. He is a hard worker and if you saw the screen pass that set up the final score to tie the game, all you could say was "wow". He has the heart of a lion. If only the rest of the Rams had the same passion and conviction, they would be more competitive.

With Peyton Manning and the Colts coming to town this weekend, I don't see a Rams 'W' coming soon. The Rams are looking right in the face of their 17th loss in a row.

The Rams are getting a little closer, but they are still very far away.

"See you on the hit side"#21

Monday, October 5, 2009

Another Goose Egg

When was the last time you can remember when the Rams were shut out twice in the same season? I can't remember, I couldn't find that stat anywhere, and I am glad I couldn't find it.

Every game you hope that the Rams will turn it around and get a victory.

On Sunday the Rams found new ways to lose to the 49er's and got shut out 35-0.

Looking at the final score, you would think that it was the defense that gave the game away. Actually the Rams found new ways to lose a game. A fumble recovery in the end zone, a pick for six, another fumble scooped up and taken for a touchdown. 21 points on three turnovers. That will kill any team in the NFL, but it has a devastating effect on a team psychologically.

The Rams defense only gave up 228 total yards. That is a good day in the NFL. I can't fault them at all in their performance. Once again it was the Rams anemic offense that did it. 82 yards passing for the game? Really??!? I can't remember ANY NFL team to end up with under 100 yards passing. Add 10 penalties and the 3 turnovers and what you have is a sloppy attempt to play a football game.

If I was Steven Jackson, I would be screaming right now. He is the best player on the team and he ran for almost as much as the Rams threw for.

Next week the Rams play the Vikings, Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson. Personally I have more respect for the Vikings defense than I do for the 49er's defense. I just hope the third time is not a charm. I would like to see them play a respectable game. I don't want to see the Rams get another goose egg.

"See you on the hit side"#21