Rams tame Jaguars

From the Armchair : St. Louis Rams - Week 5

10/9/13 in NFL   |   Scott   |   53840 respect

Blog Photo - Rams tame Jaguars

This was one of those damned if you, damned if you don't type of games.  Given the opposition, no matter what the Rams did they weren't going to change the perception of what people think of them.  An easy, convincing win against a winless team on course to be one of the worst in NFL history would've had people telling them that's what they were suppose to do.  A loss would've had people wondering if the Rams were the worst team in the NFL.  The Rams certainly have a lot of work to do to be competitive against average teams in the NFL but for this week, they did what they had to do and walked out of the Edward Jones Dome with the win.

The Good

Zac Stacy - The rookie running back made his case to get more of a role within the Rams offense.  Stacy was effective between the tackles running over and through tacklers but also was able to show some breakaway speed.  If the offensive line can give this kid some holes to run through, then the Rams may be on to something with the running game

Sam Bradford - The completion percentage is still below what it needs to be but Bradford was able to throw for 3 touchdowns against the Jags secondary.  What I liked most was the Rams ability to get the tight ends more involved.  Jared Cook is a mismatch for a defense and Lance Kendricks is also a big target that can make plays in the middle of the field.  I would like to see Bradford try and get the ball more to Chris Givens, who is the home run threat that this team needs to really loosen up the opponents defense.

Rams defense - Again, given the opponent, the Rams did what they had to do.  Yes, they still had their moments where they looked lost and confused but there were some big plays made by guys like Alec Ogletree, Darian Stewart, Matt Giordano and James Laurinaitis.  This unit is still not as good as the one last season so they'll have to try and find away to force turnovers in order to keep teams off the scoreboard.

The Bad

Special Teams - 
Once again, this team can't get out of their own way.  Tavon Austin had two long punt returns negated by penalties and the not so special teamers also were guilty of being offside on a field goal attempt, hitting a punt returner on a fair catch and allowed the Jags to block a Johnny Hekker punt.  I'm not sure what John Fassel and company work on in practice but apparently the message isn't getting through.  The Rams offense can't continue to drive 90+ yards to try and stay in games.

Rams secondary - The Rams allowed the Jaguars to average over 6 yards per offensive play, most of that due to the returning Justin Blackmon torching the Rams secondary to the tune of 6 receptions for 136 yards.  The Rams were suppose to have 2 good corners that could help with the young safeties but so far, neither unit has been able to really establish any type of consistency.

Tavon Austin - Two more dropped passes for the rookie from West Virginia.  Austin has the ability but so far, the game of NFL looks like it is too fast for him.  He has made some plays on the special teams but most of those have been taken away by penalties.  I still think the Rams did the right thing by trading up to get Austin and hopefully, the game slows down for him and he can allow his natural talent to come through.

When your team is 1-3 and struggling in every facet of the game, Rams fans don't care who they beat to get the win.  Yes, this team looks like they are going to lose more games then they will win but for now, they are 2-3 in a very deep NFC West.  This weekend, a road trip to Houston to take on the struggling the Texans.  Houston is coming off a beat down in San Francisco that saw the benching of Matt Schaub.  The Texans are ripe for the Rams to pick up an upset but on the road, you never know what you are going to get with Bradford and a very young team.  If this game were at home, I'd like the chances that much more.  On the road, the Rams are going to have to play a smart, sound game.  So far, that has yet to really happen this season.

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10/10/13   |   kobe_lova   |   61971 respect

A win is a win!!