Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's Christmas

As the Rams season winds down, Rams fans can start thinking of other happier things than this past season. We can reflect that this is the time to celebrate more meaningful things than a football game.

True to form, the Rams lost another one on Sunday. The Houston Texans beat the Rams in St. Louis 16-13. The Rams played it close though, and the Rams defense kept them in this game. The Rams defense held Houston to only 52 yards rushing for the game. One of their best performances of the year.

Texans QB Matt Shaub had his eighth straight 300+ passing game. The Rams allowed him to throw 367 yards. Wide receiver Andre Johnson ended up with 9 catches for 196 yards. Andre Johnson is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the league. This stat didn't surprise me at all. Again it was big plays that did the Rams in, but the Rams defense did show a 'bend but don't break" effort.

Houston had to rely on three field goals to beat the Rams. As strange as this may sound, Christmas came early for me. As this game unfolded, I reflected on how this really isn't as important compared to everything else going on in the world. Sure it's disheartening watching the Rams lose every week, but I believe in the Rams.

This time of year is all about belief and faith. I do believe the Rams got better as the year progressed. I do believe that the Rams management and coaching staff have them headed in the right direction. I do believe that the Rams will be better next year. I have to believe these things, because, after all, it's Christmas.

"See you on the hit side" #21

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

So Close Again

The Rams had another one slip away on Sunday. The Rams lost 17-9 in Chicago. I thought the Rams had a good chance to win this game, but again they fell short. it's not often that the Rams can hold any running back under 100 yards in a game.

On Sunday they held Matt Forte to 91 yards on 24 carries with just one touchdown. Good performance by the Rams defense against the run. What the Rams did defensively against the pass was even more impressive. The Bears quarterback Jay Cutler came to Chicago in the off season and was supposed to solve all their problems at that position. Cutler has not had a good year. He is one of the reasons I thought the Rams had a good shot at beating them.

The Rams defense almost proved me right. Cutler came out strong throwing for 131 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He has been turnover prone all year, so I wasn't worried about the second half. Even though he threw for 131 yards in the first half, he finished with 143 yards for the game. That is called shutting it down. Anytime you can hold a quarterback to 12 yards passing in a half, you've done a fantastic job.

With Steven Jackson hurting and the Rams offense still sputtering, they couldn't get in the end zone.

This was a great effort for the Rams to build on. The Rams play at the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. The only problem is that they will face the Titans running back Chris Johnson. He is on pace right now to break Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record. With Vince Young as their quarterback, they have played well lately. I don't think that game will be so close again.

"See you on the hit side" #21