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RamView: Week 4 – Secondary

The secondary had as close to a perfect game as a Rams secondary has had in a long, long time. Other than Justin King getting beat deep by Brandon Stokley (seriously?) to let Seattle out of a hole in the 4th, no one was beaten downfield at all. Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher both had pass break-ups that ended Seattle drives, and Fletcher intercepted the pass tipped by Sims in the 2nd. Craig Dahl was an effective blitzer, setting up a sack for Hall in the 2nd, and had a shot at an INT off a Long tip in the 1st, but blew it. James Butler even got through a game without giving up a lame TD for the first time this season, that’s how well it was going in the Ram secondary. Actually, Butler made an important play when he cleaned up on a rare Forsett breakaway near midfield in the 1st. He was the last line of defense there. King made an excellent play to cut down big Mike Williams in the open field on a 3rd-and-long to force a 3-and-out in the 3rd. And for what feels like the first time ever, the Rams took Seattle’s tight ends almost completely out of the game. Laurinaitis broke up one deep middle pass and got a lot of good drops in coverage. The secondary and d-line worked in great harmony again today. Tight coverage gave the 4-man rush that extra moment they needed to get to the QB, and when the Rams blitzed, the DBs made sure it took almost a perfect pass to beat them. Quietly superb, game-winning work.

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