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Musings on a Win

Photo Credit - AP

Photo Credit - AP

This week’s game against the Washington Redskins was a game that we Rams fans were used to losing.  The Rams did not score an offensive touchdown.  The Rams gave up 129 yards rushing.  Steven Jackson fumbled at his own five yard line in the first five minutes of the game, which lead to a Portis touchdown.   The Rams held only a small lead at half-time, which they have been known to lose in the second half.

 

But something happened to those old Rams that we know and loathe.  The Rams turned over the Redskins three times – one was returned for a touchdown by OJ Atogwe on one of the most amazing plays of 2008.  The Rams never got down on themselves after Jackson’s fumble.  The defense stopped the Redskins enough to force punts or field goals.  The Rams offense drove down for a field goal instead of folding up their tent – which they have done very often in the past. 

 

This game could have quickly gotten out of hand after the quick Redskins touchdown, but these Rams – they look the same as the old Rams, but they are playing like a different team – rallied against a quality Redskins team to stay in the game and take the lead before halftime on OJ Atogwe’s fumble return.  This play is pointed to some as fluke play – but there were a lot of good individual plays made in that “fluke” play.  Leonard Little hit Jason Campbell as he threw which caused the deflection to lineman Pete Kendall.  Pisa Tiniosamoa put his helmet on the ball in Pete Kendall’s hands and popped it out.  OJ Atogwe refused to quit on the play and was in the right position to scoop and score the Rams only touchdown of the day.  Good teams have plays like this go in their favor and the 2007/2008 Rams have had those plays consistently go against them.  It was good to see something finally go right.

This Rams team looked like the same old Rams team when the Redskins drove down the field in nine plays to take the lead 17-16 with four minutes left in the game.  But, something miraculous happened.  But, thanks to Bulger and Donnie Avery, the Rams drove down into field goal chip shot range to get the winning field goal.  This is a combination of great playcalling, a great throw and an even better catch.  However, the Rams hurt themselves again with a 15-yard penalty that turned a 34-yard chip shot into a 49-yard blast.  New Rams Josh Brown earned his free agent contract by booming through the game-winning field goal with no time remaining on the clock.

Not everything went right for the Rams in Week 6 against the Redskins, but the Rams had they key plays go their way and were able to get a win even though they were outgained through  the air and on the ground.  That is how good teams win football games in the NFL because not every game is perfect.  The old Rams would have to get everything going their way to win a game, but the new Rams can keep their head in the game and pull victory from the jaws of defeat.  


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