The Rams faced off with the Arizona Cardinals for the second time in 4 weeks, this time at home and hoped that the result would be different after a heartbreaking loss. However, it was not to be. The Rams lost again to John Skelton and another 2 of his interceptions and the Arizona Cardinals, this time at home and this time by the score of 23-20.
The Rams stagnant offense finally found life late in the 4th quarter when they drove down and got an offensive touchdown, the first of the game by the Rams on a deep throw from Sam Bradford to Brandon Lloyd. The Rams offensive line, backs and tight ends picked up a blitz perfectly and Bradford had Lloyd open with one on one coverage. However, with the game on the line and the Rams down 3 points, the offense stalled at midfield and head coach Steve Spagnuolo punted on 4th and 5 and the Rams never got the ball back as the Cardinals salted the game away.
The Rams defense had two weaknesses all game. Their own offense and the long runs by Beanie Wells. As easy as it is to seperate the Rams offense and defense, that does not tell the whole story, especially this week. The Rams defense was continually put under pressure by the Rams offense turning the ball over and failing to move the ball down the field and at the very least change field position. The defense was able to stop two very long Beanie Wells runs short of the end zone that they were able to turn into field goals, but late in the game, that was not enough to overcome a slumping offense.
The Rams opened the scoring in a way they had not in a very long time: punt return. The newly signed Nick Miller took at punt from Dave Zastudil 88 yards for a touchdown. Miller showed the vision and speed the Rams have been missing from their roster in the kick return game since Danny Amendola got injured in the first week of the season.
This week, the Rams played another division foe that they know well, and yet again came up short. At this point, as Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo continues to lose close games against teams with similar levels of talent in the division that he has already played 5 times in his career, the expiration date on his coaching career with the Rams will be getting closer and closer and no one will be left to defend his 10-33 career record.
There is nothing more to say as the Rams wrap up another losing Sunday. The Rams are a terrible franchise with no direction or leadership that will continue to lose games until something drastic changes. Unfortunately for the current management of the Rams, something is going to have to change very quickly.