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Rams Season Ends on Pathetic Loss in Seattle 16-6

Seattle got off to a huge start thanks to a huge pass on a blown coverage, a dubious defensive holding call on a 3rd down sack and a touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst.  After the Rams were stuffed on a 3rd and short, Seattle had the ball back and all the momentum in the 1st quarter behind their 12th man that was getting the decibels cranked up.  The Rams did not have much success on offense in the 1st quarter, but once the game turned into the 2nd quarter, they were able to get a drive going.  Not coincidentally, that drive included more touches for Steven Jackson in the run game.  They faltered once again in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal.  However, at that point, both the Rams offense and defense looked like they were settling down and getting used to the magnitude of the game and the crowd noise.

The Rams weathered the first punch from Seattle, but could not punch back despite some great field position and one long drive.  The Rams went into the half down 7-3 despite a lot of poor play from their offense and a few missed assignments on defense that lead to the Seattle touchdown.  The Rams did not successfully take the Seattle crowd out of the game.

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The Rams offense got a gift from their defense in the form of a fumble recovery on the 21 yard line of Seattle and couldn’t get into the end zone and had to settle for another field goal.  The Rams offense was too conservative and could not overcome a holding penalty by Laurent Robinson on a running play.  The Rams defense failed to respond again and allowed Seattle to drive down the field to pick up another three points to go back up 4 points again, 10-6.

The Rams offense continued to shoot itself in the foot with short passes, and when they finally tried to throw deep, Danario Alexander could not hold on to the ball on two occasions.  The second time the ball went right through his outstretched arms when he was able to get open down the field.  When they try deep throws only once or twice a game, when they do not work, the offense cannot move the ball down the field.  It is obvious that the Rams do not trust their receivers down the field and the Rams receivers did nothing in this game to earn their trust.

And when the Rams offense starts to sputter, the Rams defense cannot hold forever.  And that was the same thing that happened in the second half as the Rams defense allowed 2 field goal drives in a row.

And when the Rams needed seven points midway through the 4th quarter, Sam Bradford threw the backbreaking interception the Rams absolutely did not need and that doomed the Rams to a loss in their regular season finale.

In the end, the Rams were not bold enough, or good enough to beat a terrible Seahawks team.  The Rams offense could not overcome Seattle’s defense.  They went away from their best player, running back Steven Jackson and opted for more short passes that resulted in more incompletions and dropped passes.  The Rams only hope was to win because the other team imploded and Seattle did nothing of the sort.  Seattle had a game plan to beat St. Louis, whereas the Rams were hoping for the game to be placed in their lap by Seattle.  No one on the Rams team appeared to be ready for the game as Seattle had the game winning points on their first drive of the game.

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One Response to “Rams Season Ends on Pathetic Loss in Seattle 16-6”

  1. Ramsfan2101 says:

    Way too many short passes and not enough Steven jackson! The rams need to stop being so conservative and take more risks! Disappointing night…

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