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Rams Report Card: (2009 Pre-Season) Rams vs Bengals

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First of all… I love winning. One more time… I love winning. With that being said, there are some things about last night that I love and there are some things I am not so please about.

In recent history, the Bengals like the Rams have both stunk. Our teams have a lot of similarities: star Pro Bowl quarters (Bulger and Carson) who have either under performed or have been injured, star running backs (Jackson and Benson), and a desperate need to recreate themselves and get their franchises respectable again.

The Rams won last night so I have nothing but love. However, and none of us want to say it… the real reason we won last night was due to Bengal turnovers.


Offensive Line: (First string) B: The first thing we always look at is how did the O-Line protect the quarterback? The Bengals recorded zero sacks last night which is great. However, the Ram’s 3rd down conversion rate was only 33% (Bengals rate was 50%) which for the time being I am going to attribute to the O-Line.

Quarterbacks: B: This grade only applies to Kyle Boller. He had a pretty good night. Passing for 14/20, 96 yards, and 1 TD pass.

Receiving Core: C: The receivers looked pretty good, but receiving yards for the night was only around 140. Walker had the most receiving yards with 24.

Defensive Line: (First string) A: The defense recorded 6 sacks on Bengal QBs and while they played they kept a lot of pressure on the QB. Great job!

Corners/Safeties: C+: The Bengals threw for just under 200 yards. Every Bengal receiver on the field had a reception for at least 10 yards (Ochocinco’s longest catch was 9 yards) which is not good. Good news is that there was only one receiving TD against the Rams. Remember, the Bengals are not very good.

MVP: The Cincinnati Bengals who had four fumbles. Three of the 4 fumbles were recovered by the Rams.

Overall Team Rating: B
Let’s face it… once again we won. However, I still have serious reservations in my mind regarding the Rams. Our QB situation is not good. Where was Marc Bulger? I want to see him jumping up and down on the sideline cheering his team on. His injury is a fractured finger. Not even broken, just fractured. Can you say, “suck it up?” (Maybe Kobe Bryant can fill in at QB until basketball training camp starts?) And finally, I am concerned about Stephen Jackson. Ok, the guy is a stud and I expect him to kick it into gear once the season starts. But so far I have seen nothing. (Gado and even Benson from the Bengals looked pretty good.)

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4 Responses to “Rams Report Card: (2009 Pre-Season) Rams vs Bengals”

  1. Jeff Roman says:

    1. The Bengals QB is Carson Palmer.
    2. Cedric Benson is not a stud running back in any way shape or form.
    3. If you are waiting for Marc Bulger to jump up and down on the sidelines, you are going to be waiting a very long time. He doesn’t cheer lead and he was wearing a headset and was locked into the game.
    4. You want Marc Bulger to “suck it up” for a preseason game? Really?
    5. Steven Jackson has had 10 carries over 3 games and some of those carries have been great. Let’s reserve judgment on Steven Jackson until he gets let loose by the offensive coordinator in the regular season.

    • 1 Sorry typo re: Carson. 3-4 Sorry, if I want something more from Bulger. 5 Why are you arguing that Jackson has done much so far in the pre-season? A lot of anger there…let it go.

      • Jeff Roman says:

        Haha, no worries Mark.

        I just quickly tire of the notion that Steven Jackson needs more work. Especially this season now that the Rams were hitting during training camp. I’m more afraid of injury than rust. I guess that’s what we get for having only one stud player – we can’t lose him!

      • Jeff Roman says:

        Also about Bulger, he just looks calm all the time. I personally don’t know how he does it, but that’s his personality.

        And I bet if this was a regular season game, Bulger would have played. Again, same with Jackson, Boller has shown that we are much better off with Bulger at QB.

        Apologies if I came across angry. I shouldn’t its Friday afternoon!

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