Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Well Rams fans, it is the same old song. The St. Louis Rams played the Arizona Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday. The outcome was the same, another Rams loss, 23-20. 

The Rams defense again let the game get away from them. Arizona’s starting QB Kevin Kolb was still hurt so the Cardinals started John Skeldon. The Rams should have known that he was not the threat this week. They were right. Skeldon ended up 12 of 23 for 144 yards. The Rams picked him off twice and sacked him three times. That was the good news for the Rams defense. The bad news is even though they knew the Cardinals couldn’t pass they had to stop the run. Well that didn’t happen at all. Beenie Wells had a career day rushing the ball. He set a Cardinal franchise record in yards with 228 yards on 27 carries. That is 8.4 yards a carry, which high school teams are used to giving up, not pro teams. The Rams knew what was coming, but couldn’t come close to stopping it. 

The Rams special teams also didn’t fare well. They allowed another punt return for a touchdown from Patrick Peterson of 80 yards. That’s right, the same Patrick Peterson that returned one 99 yards in overtime for the win against the Rams a few weeks back. I guess you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. 

I did hear an interesting statistic on one of the pregame shows. They stated the Rams had 18 players on injured reserve. That’s one third of the Rams team. I can’t fault Spags for that, or the coaching staff. They are playing with what they have. I would hope that the Rams players start playing with a little more pride & enthusiasm. We’ll see what happens this week. I just wonder what records will be broken this week when the Rams play the 49er’s?


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Defense Rules

The St. Louis Rams hosted the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. As this season goes by, nothing is surprising any more for the Rams. They lost again 24-7. 

The Rams defense has played fairly well as of late and this game started out in the same fashion. In the first quarter, the Rams had two interceptions and a blocked punt. They only managed seven points on those turnovers. 

After the first quarter it was all Seattle. Their defense showed up big time. The Seahawks held the Rams to 185 total yards. The Rams had only 42 yards rushing for the game. This was the second worst offensive showing of the season. 

The Seahawks were all over Sam Bradford too. They picked him off once, caused two fumbles, and sacked him five times. The Rams had four sacks of their own, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Seahawk’s offense. The Rams defense gave up only 298 total yards, but Seattle made the most of their offensive possessions. They held the ball 35:00 to 25:00 minutes. The Seahawks defense made the Rams punt ten times. That is a terrible statistic. 

The Rams have the Cardinals this weekend and are going to be looking for some payback since their loss to them in overtime earlier this year. I just hope it’s the Rams defense that rules this weekend.

“See You On The Hit Side” #21

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ugly Game

The Rams played the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in Cleveland. The good thing is the Rams won the game 13-12. That is about the only good thing about this game.

The Rams had players getting hurt left and right. It seemed like a Ram player was getting hurt on every series whether it was on offense or defense. Five Rams players went out for the game.

CB Al Harris and TE Michael Hoomanawanui both suffered serious knee injuries. Their status will be known later this week. The Rams secondary is looking like a M*A*S*H unit. The Rams lost two starters for the season already and are looking to lose a few more.

At one point I was wondering if the Rams coaching staff was going to go into the stands and have to ask one of the beer vendors if they could play in the secondary. It’s that serious Rams fans. Even Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson got nicked up, but they were able to stay in the game.

On the plus side the Rams defense held the Brown’s inept offense to just 4 field goals. The Brown’s should have had a fifth field goal, but the snap was botched and Dawson missed a 22 yard chip shot with 2:13 left in the game. The Rams defense held the Browns to 126 yards rushing and Colt McCoy to 209 yards passing. The Rams defense had two sacks and one fumble recovery.

That’s about all I can say about this game. There was nothing spectacular about this game. It was hard to watch. The Rams host the Seattle Seahawks in St. Louis next week, I hope that doesn’t  turn into another ugly game.

“See You On The Hit Side” #21

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What Happened?

The Rams played the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and actually won a game. After the Saints beat the Colts the prior week 62-7, I was expecting a blowout. It was not to be. The Rams defense showed some heart at attacking the Saints offense. They pressured one of the leagues’ top quarterbacks all day. Drew Brees and the Saints offense couldn’t get things going. The Rams defense sacked Brees six times and had pressure on him all day. They also picked him off twice, with the last one a 27 yard pick six by Darian Stewart. That play put the game away for the Rams. 

Going into the game I was concerned about the defense against the run. The Saints tried to run early, but had to scrap that plan as the game wore on. The Rams offense helped that by keeping the ball and the Saints’ offense off the field. The Rams only gave up 56 yards on the ground. Compared to the 160+ yards rushing per game they have been giving up this year, that’s quite an improvement. With only giving up 283 yards total offense to the high powered Saints offense, it was a stellar performance by the Rams defense. 

The Rams travel to Arizona this week for a divisional matchup. Hopefully the Rams defense can build on this weeks’ performance, and stifle the Cardinals offense. I would love to see Kevin Kolb and Beenie Wells wake up Monday morning asking themselves “What happened?”

“See You On The Hit Side” #21