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RamView: Week 11- Part VI

RamView, November 22, 2009
From Row HH
(Report and opinions on and from the game.)
Game #10: Arizona 21, Rams 13

* Secondary: The Rams again laid back in coverage this week to limit deep damage by Arizona’s stud WRs but ultimately still got damaged, 8-103 for Anquan Boldin, 8-87 for Larry Fitzgerald, a TD apiece. Boldin beat Ron Bartell with an inside move at the goal line for the first Cardinal TD. Justin King’ll get blamed for Fitzgerald’s TD the next drive. Let’s see, Fitzgerald charges downfield ten yards with his arms up, his elbows out and gives King a big shove at the goal line to get open. Yeah, that’s not offensive pass interference. The Rams’ problems against the run started opening even bigger holes in the zone, and Warner (15-19-203, 146.3 rating) completed passes, mostly to the two big WRs, at will. Atogwe was one defender who kept the Rams in the game. He recovered a pitchout Wells dropped to set up the Rams’ opening FG. He delivered big hits to Warner on the blitz and knocked him out of the game, keeping the Rams in the game by forcing future Draft-Bust-Hall-of-Famer Leinart off the bench. James Butler recovered a fumble to set up the Rams’ TD drive in the 4th. The DBs aren’t the main culprits today, but with 2 TDs allowed and a couple of big coverage breakdowns, at least one more big play would have been welcome.

* Special teams: Special teams got back on track today and will hopefully stay there. Amendola was the big story, nearly breaking a couple of kick returns big-time, setting the Rams up near the 40 a couple of times. Donnie Jones blasted three 60-yard-plus punts and averaged over 56 a kick. Josh Brown’s kickoffs were strong and he hit both FG attempts, unpopular as the second one may have been. Chris Chamberlain’s really making his mark on kick coverage the last couple of weeks. Even Kenneth Darby contributed a good stop on a kick return. Keep it up.

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