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Same Old Rams Sink Playoff Hopes

The Same old Rams showed up at the worst possible moment for the St. Louis Rams franchise and their fans.  A Sunday night game on national TV with the whole NFL watching universe tuned in and they lay an egg.  The Rams were outplayed, outcoached and played mistake prone football for 60 minutes.

The coaches outsmarted themselves by only giving Steven Jackson 14 touches against the league’s worst rush defense.  If the Seahawks played two deep safeties like the broadcast suggested they did, why did the Rams not attack the standard front with runs to open up the deep passing game.  Instead, they stayed with short passes that were either batted down, dropped or completed for gains short of the first down marker.

The Rams mistakes started from the first drive of the game when they left Ruvell Martin of all players wide open running down the sideline.  The Rams corners had an inability to cover Martin all game, which should be a black mark on Kevin Dockery who was charged as the nickel corner to cover him for most of the game.  Ruvell Martin of all people!  Martin was on the Rams last season and was one of the worst wide receivers on that squad which had even worse wide receivers than this season.

The Rams defense generally played fairly well, but they extended two Seahawks drives with a dubious (but still called) holding penalty and an offsides on a field goal that allowed the Seahakws to salt the game away.  The Rams continued to make mistakes that they were unable to overcome on Sunday night.

The Rams receivers made their best case on Sunday night for the Rams to sign a free agent receiver or highly draft a wide receiver (or both).  They dropped balls left and right, did not get their feet down well enough to convince the officials or their coach to challenge the play.  Laurent Robinson should be as good as gone.  Danario Alexander played his worst game of the year, losing two long balls and missing the catches.  One went right through his arms, the other bounded away from him as he fell to the ground.

The Seahawks were one of the worst defenses in the league and the Rams made them look like the ’85 Bears through questionable playcalling and poor execution.

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One Response to “Same Old Rams Sink Playoff Hopes”

  1. J Remillard says:

    I watched the horrific Ram’s offense last night. It was bad but on the defensive side where was Chris Long? He was a non factor on almost every play.

    Oh well…

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