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RamView: Week 14 – Part 6

* Secondary: Another long day at the Rams’ burn unit. Kenny Britt carved the Ram zone for 33 on Tennessee’s opening play. Ron Bartell forced Johnson’s long TD run inside but found no help there, with James Butler unable to get around the blocking wideout. Bartell couldn’t get around Britt during Johnson’s longest TD play, while Nate Washington DESTROYED Justin King. The Rams were awful covering Titan tight ends, who caught 10 for 84. Paris Lenon repeatedly blew coverages before getting injured in the 2nd. Good coverage forced a couple of FGs, and Bartell broke up a pass to force a punt. But on 4th-and-5 late in the half, Butler, David Roach and Victor Adeyanju all missed Johnson, letting him take a pitchback 18 yards to set up a FG at the gun. Britt burned them for 44 in the 3rd, a play that would have been just 7 yards had Bartell not badly blown the tackle. That led to another FG. Laurinaitis gave up a 4th-down completion to Bo Scaife that kept a TD drive alive. Tennessee’s last offensive TD was set up by Washington’s 33-yard diving catch at the 5, beating King, who, surprise, never knew the ball was coming. Butler, surprise, was way late and no help from safety. 400-pound Alge Crumpler beat Bartell and Laurinaitis in the end zone to catch a desperation 4th-down throw from Collins to put Tennessee ahead 40-7. The secondary made some nice plays against the run and King is trying to step up the physical level of his play. But despite some well-paid players, it’s as big a mess as any other unit on the team.

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