The St. Louis Rams lost their home opener to the Green Bay Packers 36-17. The story of the day was injuries for the St. Louis Rams as they lost 4 starters to injuries including QB Marc Bulger.
The Rams defense continued their stingy ways early in the game as the Rams offense turned the ball over twice inside their own 20 and the Rams defense held the Packers offense to 3 field goals. The Rams defense was unable to keep that momentum going as they allowed a touchdown to make the game 23-0. The Rams defense lost strong safety James Butler to a knee injury early in the game and Craig Dahl was challenged by the Packers with a lot of deep throws. Mostly he was able to make enough plays, but the Packers had 3 pass plays of 50+ yards.
The rest of the story is after the jump.
The game changed for the Rams when Marc Bulger was unable to return to the game after a shoulder and possible finger injury. Kyle Boller came into the game and the Rams offense soon burst into life. Boller was firing high to all his receivers in his first series, but in his second series. He threw 2 TD passes to Daniel Fells in the second quarter. Fells looked considerably better than Randy McMichael looked all year as Fells was able to get behind ex-Ram Brandon Chillar for the two touchdowns.
The Rams came out in the second half and were able to cut the lead to 23-17, but that was as close as the Rams ever got. Their offense sputtered after Laurent Robinson left the game with an ankle injury. Robinson is the Rams leading receiver in 2009 and after he left the game the Rams could not get anything going in the pass game.
Some quick hit thoughts:
– Steven Jackson had a very good game, but the Rams did not have the passing game in the second half to complement his dominating running.
– Kyle Boller came in the game and helped to ignite the Rams offense with his legs as he ran away from some of the Packers pass rush.
– The Rams pass rush was alive early in the game with 2 sacks by Leonard Little, but were easily pushed around late in the game. Paging Chris Long?
– The interesting news coming out of this game will be how quickly Robinson, Butler, Avery and Bulger can return to the lineup. The Rams are short on talent and they cannot afford to lose anyone.