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Rams Need Killer Instinct

We’ve talked (or written or typed) on this blog a lot about the stats, individual plays and what the Rams need to do to improve and what they have done well.  But, now it is time to devolve into sportswriter cliches.  Because, it is Friday after all.

The Rams have won 5 games this season, which is 1 less win than they have won in the previous 3 seasons.  So, the 5 wins are nothing to sneeze at.  But, the Rams have really only put 2 of their wins out of doubt in the 4th quarter.  They have been unable or willing to put away teams when they looked vulnerable.  They have lacked the killer instinct and it has come back to bite them on at least two occasions.  One of those occasions was the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals.  The Rams will head to Arizona this week to play the Cardinals again.

The Arizona Cardinals are a sick and wounded animal.  They are in the news frequently about a rant their quarterback made after Monday Night’s debacle against San Francisco.  They are coming off a short week.  The team has injuries at all their key positions.  The Cardinals are a boxer on the ropes.  They have been knocked down 8 times already this season.  If this was old-school Mortal Kombat, an ominous announcer would be saying over the loudspeaker “Finish Him!”.

The Rams need to take advantage of a wounded foe and finish them quickly before they are able to get to their feet.  The Rams cannot give the Cardinals a chance in Arizona.  They need to come at them will all they have early in the game to break their will.

When tiger cubs are learning to hunt, the older tigers give the slow, sick or wounded prey to the cubs to chase so that they learn how to capture and kill their own prey*.  The Rams are those young cubs.  They have won when the game was fed to them by a bad team or when they were able to grab a hold of their prey and hold on until the prey tired and fell.

The Rams have a perfect opportunity to pounce on a wounded animal or a team in disarray.  The Rams need to not let the animal up because they are dangerous in tight spaces when cornered.  They will need to take advantage of their opportunities on Sunday to learn how to find their killer instinct.

*Completely made up, I am not a anthropologist.

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