The Rams travelled to CenturyLink (nee: Qwest) Field to face off with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. They showed a national TV audience what they had been showing Rams fans all season: they are a poor football team with a huge injury problems and not enough talent or coaching to overcome any problems. Just like every week, the Rams kept it fairly close within the first 2 or so quarters, but then the mistakes piled up and so did the Seahawks points and it wasn’t long before the game was over.
The Rams didn’t get the game started off on the right foot on their first possession because after 2 first downs, they had their punt blocked and returned for the only touchdown in the 1st half of the game. The Seahawks lined up extra rushers and the Rams extra blockers did not get their assignments correct and left Doug Baldwin unblocked. Michael Robinson took the loose ball into the end zone. One of the blockers was Chris Smith, who was signed from the Practice Squad this week. That being said, it is the Rams responsibility to have their players ready to go and that was an example of a huge mental breakdown.
That was not even the play of the 1st half, that award goes to the ill-advised and ill-blocked flea flicker where Sam Bradford was destroyed by 2 Seattle defenders on an incomplete pass. The Rams have a gimpy quarterback in Sam Bradford and they left him out to dry. Bradford was terrible all day, missing even passes three yards past the line of scrimmage.
Seattle tacked on a field goal in the 1st quarter and the Rams finally got on the board for the first time in 5 quarters in the 2nd quarter with 3 points to narrow the lead at halftime to 10-3.
The Rams came out in the 2nd half with a great chance to get the game within 3 points after the Seahawks added an early field goal. After a long screen pass to Steven Jackson and a pass interference penalty on the Seahawks, the Rams had first and goal on the 1 yard line. And in typical Rams fashion, they found a way to mess it up. In the latest batch of “smarter than thou” play calling, the Rams decided to run a direct snap to Steven Jackson and it was stuffed. Then for some reason, Sam Bradford decided to take the ball on his own on the next play on a naked bootleg. However, there was no passing option and Sam Bradford has a blitzer right on him after the snap. He throws it away with no receiver anywhere and takes a penalty to put the Rams at 3rd and goal from the 11 yard line. An incomplete pass later and the Rams were forced to take another field goal.
After the Rams struggled to even get a field goal, the Seahawks moved down the field very quickly through a long kickoff return and two easy passes to Doug Baldwin against a secondary that was missing both starting corners from this game. Josh Gordy and Justin King were both out injured and the Rams patchwork secondary was even more patchworky. If you have made it to this point of the article, I’m sure you won’t mind my liberal use of the English language.
The Rams were able to get a late consolation touchdown after seven (yes, seven) tries from the 1 yard line. The run that got into the end zone was the first run by Steven Jackson as the Rams against outsmarted themselves the first 7 times at the 1 yard line. The Seahawks also got their own late TD to give us the final scoreline.
This game was another terrible performance by the Rams from the top down and the fate of their head coach appears to be already sealed. The Rams are sleepwalking through the rest of their dead end season and the Rams fans wish they could just downright sleep through the rest of it and wake up around Draft Day.