Rams Rally To Beat Titans 17-16

The Rams got their second preseason game off on the right foot with a 83-yard long touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson on the first play of the game.  From there, the first team offense and defense both went downhill.  The Rams gave up over 200 yards rushing in the whole game and got pushed around on both sides of the ball.  However, the Rams rallied down 2 points with under 3 minutes left in the game behind Thaddeus Lewis and were able to win the game on a Josh Brown field goal.

Since this is the preseason, let’s look at a few bullet points.

  • Steven Jackson made his first appearance of the preseason rushing for 10 yards on 6 carries.
  • The Rams first team run defense looked terrible, losing track of their contain on several plays, allowing cut backs for big gains.  The Rams have had trouble with that in previous seasons as their defense is trained to be aggressive.  Many other teams will try to run misdirection plays against the Rams until they start to stay at home and continuously stop them.
  • Thaddeus Lewis was very impressive in his final drive, looking composed and throwing the ball very accurately and with great velocity.
  • The Rams wide receivers, with the exception of Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, who are safe, have not distinguished themselves.  Donnie Avery made his first appearance since week 3 of the preseason and caught a touchdown pass in which he was able to beat the defensive back with speed.  However, with the exception of that play and another target, he was fairly invisible.
  • Rookie WR Austin Pettis had two punt returns, one he should have fair caught and did not and got blown up for the mistake and then was gun shy on the other and call for a fair catch when he was wide open.  Pettis also had a big time drop at the beginning of the Rams game winning drive but made two tougher catches on the next two plays.
  • Mike Munchak, the Tennessee Titans first year head coach had the audacity to call a timeout right before the snap of the game winning field goal… in a preseason game.  This is an embarrassment for the worst rule in the NFL, where the head coach can call a timeout right before the snap which forces the kicker to kick the ball twice.  And to pull this timeout trick in the preseason is an absolute embarrassment for Mike Munchak.

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