Rams Lose To Giants 27-37

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The Rams showed some heart in this turbulent contest against the Giants.  The Rams put together a 90 yard drive at the end of the third quarter which ended in a 23 yard TD pass to TE Kendricks. Late in the 4th quarter Rams QB Hill connected with WR Givens for a beautiful 46 yard TD reception.  Even though the Rams gave up over 500 yards of total offense to the Giants for the game, they still had a glimpse of hope with just over 2 minutes remaining.  The Giants had driven to the Rams 11 yard line and in what would normally have been an easy field goal attempt, became a blocked kick and a new Rams possession.

So with 2 minutes left in the game (mathematically) we had a chance.  In what was perhaps symbolic of the entire Rams season, center Scott Wells hiked the ball right over the head of QB Hill (recovered by the Giants deep in our territory).  The glimpse was gone along with the Rams’ chance at finishing the season at .500.  Today, the Rams 2014 record is 6-9.  The game scoring summary is below:

Team/QTR 1 2 3 4 T
NYG 10 10 14 3 37
STL 3 10 7 7 27

Next week we take on the Seahawks in Seattle.  We’ll have to wait and see which direction our rollercoaster is headed.  We’re at the bottom today so no where to go but up?  Either way have a great week Rams fans.

Happy Holidays and Go Rams!!!

 

Giants vs Rams ‘Rollercoaster’ Halftime Report

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Rams fans watched in horror most of the first half.  Two Rams turnovers contributed to two Giants scores (thank you Rams defense for limiting the damage to 2 field goals).  With 5 minutes remaining in the half the Rams were down 20-3.  With 2 minutes remaining in the half the Rams had accumulated under 100 yards of total offense.  So what kept us from derailing and crashing at the bottom of the tracks?  Well, a Giants 36 yard defensive pass interference followed by a 5 yard encroachment penalty brought the Rams to the Giants 10 yards line.  Enter Rams RB Tre Mason who sped around the left corner for a 10 yard TD run.  Then the excitement of it all got to both teams as a huge fight broke out on the Giants sidelines resulting in the ejection of 3 players (2 Giants, 1 Rams).  The Rams got the ball back on their own 40 yard line and were able to drive all the way to the Giants 2 yard line before being forced to settle for 3 points.  The score going in the half is Giants 20 – Rams 13.  I don’t know how, but we’re still in it Rams fans.

Lots of game left to play.  Let’s try and hold onto the ball huh?  Go Rams!!!

Giants vs Rams Wednesday Injury Report

NEW YORK GIANTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), LB Jameel McClain (knee)
  1. LOUIS RAMS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday C Scott Wells (not injury related)

Are The Rams Getting Better?

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So are we getting better?  There’s a little hype… a little enthusiasm going around…  Well, the Rams are 6-8 with 2 games remaining.  It’s reasonable to think we could come away with a win this weekend against the NY Giants (we’re playing at home and the Giants are a subpar team just like us).  The following game and season closer is against the Seahawks in Seattle.  I’d say the odds of us winning that game are slim (the Seahawks are playing tough and they’re almost unbeatable at home).  So, if these outcomes are as they’d appear, we’d finish the season 7-9.

The last year we had a non-losing season was in 2006 (8-8) and the last time we had a winning season was way back in 2003 (12-4).  Below is a list of our seasonal records for the last 10 years:

Yr Win Lose Tie
2014* 7 9
2013 7 9
2012 7 8 1
2011 2 14
2010 7 9
2009 1 15
2008 2 14
2007 3 13
2006 8 8
2005 6 10
2004 8 8

Hard to glean a lot from this, but let’s add a Winning% column and graph it over these last 10 years (a tie is a non-win):

2014 Rams Win Percent

Ok, this makes it clear that since 2009 (with the exception of 2011) we have seen noticeable improvement.  But do you notice anything funny about these numbers?  Yes, we’ve improved, but again we haven’t had a non-losing season since 2006 (8-8).  What this says to me is we’re having the wrong discussion, since we’ve been so frinkin’ terrible for so long, the conversation should not be ‘are we improving?’, but when are we going to win?  It’s like saying someone with a terminal illness is getting better.  It’s a sad and pointless conversation.

What do we do next?  The defense has showed significant improvement over the course of the year.  I’m going to say this is valid because they’re not just ‘improving’ they’re becoming the dominant force we expected them to be.  I say Gregg Williams stays.  The offense?  The offense hasn’t even stepped into the conversation because they’re not improving.  They’re pretty consistently the inept bunch of players we’ve seen over and over these past 10 years.  Schottenheimer needs to go.  Since Fisher was smart enough to bring Williams on board, I’m going to say he should get a pass.  His next job is to hire the Gregg Williams equivalent for the offense.  Sam Bradford?  Don’t cry, but he’s got to go.  I know I know we all love Sam Bradford.  He’s a likeable guy, but even when he’s healthy (which is not often) he’s an average QB.  Does he have good stats in a few categories?  Sure.  But nothing screams louder than the stat of consistent losing.

Let’s get the right conversation started Rams fans.  What’s it going to take to become winners again?  What’s it going to take to return to glory?

Go Rams!!!

 

*forecasted record

Rams Offense Falls Flat; Fall To Cardinals 12-6

The Rams defense held their own against the Cardinals Thursday night at home, but didn’t get much from their offense, and in the end only managed two field goals in a 12-6 loss to Arizona.

Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Cardinals overcame the loss of quarterback Drew Stanton with stifling defense.

The Rams (6-8) were held to Greg Zuerlein’s two short field goals and had five three-and-out series in the third quarter. Catanzaro’s 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter ended nine quarters of shutout defense by St. Louis, which beat Washington and Oakland by a combined 76-0 the previous two weeks.

Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on a sack in the third quarter, but it didn’t matter. The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury during their 31-14 victory over St. Louis at home last month.

The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the NFC and will clinch a playoff spot if Sunday’s Dallas-Philadelphia game doesn’t end in a tie, or a Detroit loss combined with a Green Bay victory.

Cardinals vs Rams NFL Week 15 Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-7)

SERIES

CARDINALS RAMS
THURS. RECORD 7-20-2 6-7
SERIES LEADER 35-34-2
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 2-1 Fisher: 5-4
LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Chiefs W 24-0 at Redskins
LAST GAME 11/9/14: Rams 14 at Cardinals 31. Arizona CB Patrick Peterson has 2 interceptions, including 30-yard INT-TD. Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie adds 14-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Rams 27, Cardinals 24. St. Louis TE Jared Cook catches 7 passes for 141 yards & 2 TDs. Rams DE Robert Quinn records 3 sacks and 2 FFs.
BROADCAST NFL Network (7:25 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Ari.), 92 (StL.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ari.), 226 (StL.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 120-220-1602-7-5-79.0 Hill: 75-121-895-6-3-90.8
RUSHING Taylor: 31-102-3.3-1 Mason (R): 142-628-4.4-3
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 50-692-13.8-2 Cook (TE): 41-534-13.0-3
OFFENSE 325.3 317.2
TAKE/GIVE +10 (T3L) +4
DEFENSE 355.4 344.9
SACKS Campbell, Okafor: 7 Quinn: 10.5
INTs Johnson: 4 (T2C) Johnson: 3
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.7
Hekker: 45.5
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/26 FG) Zuerlein: 85 (31/32 PAT; 18/24 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB DREW STANTON has won 6 of past 9 starts…RB KERWYNN WILLIAMS rushed for 100 yards last week in 1st career game with att…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 131 rec. & 16 TDs vs. StL, his most vs. opp. Has catch in 160 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 4 come-from-behind GW TDs, incl. 3 in 4th Q. WR JARON BROWN had GW TD last week…CB PATRICK PETERSON has 5 INTs & 3 return TDs (1 INT, 2 PR) vs. StL. In Week 10, had 2 INTs, incl. TD. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). In last meeting, rookie DE KAREEM MARTIN had sack & FF which CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE returned 14 yards for TD. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 7 sacks in past 9 vs. StL. In past 5, LB ALEX OKAFOR has 5 sacks & INT. DT FROSTEE RUCKER had career-high 2 sacks last week… RAMS: Have back-to-back shutout wins for 1st time since 1945…QB SHAUN HILL has 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 124.8 rating in past 2…Rookie RB TRE MASON has 363 scrimmage yards (121 per game), 315 rush yards (105 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 at home. Leads NFC rookies with 628 rush yards…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN had 78-yard PR-TD last week & has TD in 3 games in row (2 rush, 1 PR). Has 9 career TDs (4 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR)…TE JARED COOK had 2 TDs last week. In last home meeting, had 7 catches for 141 yards & 2 TDs…DE ROBERT QUINN has 7 sacks in 3 home games vs. Az. Has 10.5 sacks & 5 FFs in past 8. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Has sack in 6 of past 8. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 9+ INTs (9).

Cardinals at Rams Wednesday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Status Report
OUT G Paul Fanaika (ankle), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
QUESTIONABLE CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
PROBABLE LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Monday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Tuesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Wednesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
Tuesday G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
Wednesday G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Tuesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Wednesday CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
  1. LOUIS RAMS
(St. Louis conducted a walk-through on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
QUESTIONABLE DE Chris Long (ankle)
PROBABLE WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Chris Long (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Tuesday DE Chris Long (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday TE Cory Harkey (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Tuesday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Wednesday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Chris Long (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)

Redskins Review and Cardinals Preview

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The Rams dismantled the Redskins with a final score of 24-0.  Especially surprising was the high level of play coming out of the defensive secondary.   Safeties McLeod and McDonald both came away with interceptions and Barron kicked in a sack and a loss of yards tackle.  Our defensive line shutdown the Skins running game and got a lot of pressure on Skins QB (McCoy and Griffin). The d-line laid claim to 4 of the Rams 7 sacks for the day.  If there was a chink in the Rams’ game it would have been the performance of the O-line who allowed 4 sacks and 6 hits.  Defensive coordinator Greg Williams has really elevated the play of the Rams defense.  It’s time for Schottenheimer to get his act together too.

This upcoming Thursday (2 days away) the Rams take on the division leading Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis. The stats for the Rams and Cardinals offenses for the year are surprisingly similar.  They have gained more yards passing while we have gained more yards rushing (not by significant amounts). Points per game and time of possession are also amazingly equal.  The Cardinals have excelled in regards to 3rd down conversions (42.9% vs the Rams 37.7%).  The defensive stats are just as equitable with a slight edge going to the Rams in the category of points per game (21.9 vs 18.3).  The separator would have to be the give/take (turnover) numbers.  The Cardinals are tied for 5th in the NFL with a positive 9 turnover differential.  The Rams are tied for 10th place with a positive 4.

I charted this turnover ratio on a week by week basis for the 13 games played by each team this season.  See below:

TO Diff2The Rams are improving; while the Cardinals are declining.  The Cardinals overall performance has been on a downturn since their week 11 game against Detroit.  The Rams have been on an upswing starting at the very same time (starting with the Rams vs Broncos game).  It would be pretty bold to say the Rams would be favored to beat the Cardinals, but if the trend continues that would be the truth.  As always we need to be strong in the fundamentals.  We need to average 4-5 yards per run, win the turnover battle, continue to play strong defense, make tackles, don’t give up big plays, protect our QB…  Add to the equation that Cardinals starting QB Carson Palmer is out for the season and I’m picking the Rams to win this game.  Forget about a shutout, but look for the Rams to win 24-10.

Go Rams!