Coming off a terrible defeat in Carolina that left them battered and bruised, the St. Louis Rams had the inevitable task of hosting the NFC's best team, the Seattle Seahawks, in week 8. To their credit, the Rams played their butts off in all 3 phases of the game and more then likely, should have won this game. In the end, the inconsistencies of this team on offense and some rather questionable play calling at the end of the game left the Rams walking out of the Dome with another loss.
Robert Quinn and Chris Long - The Seahawks came into this game minus their two starting tackles and the Rams dynamic defensive duo made them pay. Both Quinn and Long registered 3 sacks a piece and were constantly in the backfield making Russell Wilson's life miserable.
Zac Stacy - Coming into the season, the Rams were looking for a replacement for Steven Jackson. Stacy, the rookie from Vanderbilt, has come on as of late and against the Hawks, had his official coming out party. The Hawks had been stout against the run so far in 2013 but Stacy was able to gash the defense for over 130 yards. With Kellen Clemens struggling in the passing game, the Rams will need Stacy and backup Daryl Richardson to move the chains if this team wants to be competitive.
Rams front 7 - They not only harassed Russell Wilson all game long but they also found a way to shut down the Seahawks rushing attack. This was definitely the best game this unit has played so far this season.
Kicking game - Lost in all the Rams struggles are just how good the Rams kicking units are. Johnny Hekker and Greg Zuerlein continue to be two of the Rams best players with their ability to put the clamps down on the opponents punt and kickoff return units. If you are looking for a kicker for your fantasy team, pick up Zuerlein. The Rams are going to struggle in the red zone without Sam Bradford so expect Zuerlein to pick up plenty of cheap fantasy points for your team
Kellen Clemens - I knew it would be a struggle with Clemens under center but I never thought it would be this ugly. Clemens made some bad reads, threw some really bad balls and really had a tough time hitting receivers in stride. The most frustrating part for Rams fans was that this was a winnable game and had Clemens been able to be a bit more consistent, the Rams could have pulled off the huge upset.
Receiving corp - When Clemens was able to hit a receiver, the Rams once again had trouble hanging onto the ball. Jared Cook continues to be a non-factor, rookie Tavon Austin continues to struggle, Brian Quick continues to be a bust and now both Austin Pettis and Chris Givens are having trouble holding onto the ball. Kellen Clemens needs his play makers to make plays or this offense is going to continue to struggle.
Brian Schottenheimer - The playcalling on the last drive was pretty good...until the Rams got inside the 5 with under a minute left. The Rams had been able to run at will against the Hawks yet for some reason Schottenheimer decided to get cute and throw the ball on 3 of the 4 plays. Clemens wasn't close to completing anything and the Hawks were able to escape with the win. Schottenheimer has made some questionable play calling decisions in recent weeks and the Rams have struggled as a result. I would also like to see Schotty find a way to use Tavon Austin a bit more. Austin was suppose to be an explosive offensive threat and so far, he spends more time on the sidelines than in the game.
Janoris Jenkins - Jenkins once again mistimed a jump and instead of picking off a Hawks pass, he allowed Golden Tate to make a play, score a touchdown and punk the Rams secondary for the 2nd straight week. If Jenkins played football as well as he talked smack, he'd be an All-Pro. Instead, he continues to struggle and he continues to be a huge liability.
This week, the Rams entertain Coach Fisher's former team, the Tennessee Titans. The Titans aren't a juggernaut by any means but they do have a running back that can cause the Rams problems. They also have a defense that has to be licking it's chops after watching the Rams offense struggle on Monday night. If the Rams want to win, they'll need to stop kicking field goals and score more touchdowns. On defense, the Rams will have to find a way to contain Chris Johnson. Johnson hasn't been as explosive as in recent years but he's still a legit running back that cause major problems if the Rams aren't ready.