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Rams Unravel At The Dome, Lose 20-13

The Rams faced long odds this week against the Cinicinatti Bengals, who are challenging for a playoff spot.  They were starting Kellen Clemens, who was not with the team 2 weeks ago and all the corners active this week were not with the team in training camp.  The Rams stayed with the Bengals, even leading at a point 6-3, but ultimately unravelled with the help of some (ahem) questionable calls by the officials.

The Rams defense stayed strong in the 1st half, holding the Bengals to a field goal after a 55 yard completion to AJ Green.  But, deficiencies in the Rams offense were impossible to overcome as Josh McDaniels continued to call moronic plays on 3rd and shot including draws from the shotgun, toss sweeps and double throwback passes.  Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo was reticent to go for any 4th and short plays including from midfield and inside the Bengals territory.  So, the Rams continued to kick on 4th and short, and the Rams continued to struggle to get points.

In the second half, the Rams razor thin margin of error disappeared with a long punt return, two questionable penalty calls and an easy rushing TD on the Bengals fourth try from inside the 5 yard line put the Rams down a touchdown and pretty much ended the game.  The Rams continued to unravel from there both defensively and offensively.

What is there to say that hasn’t been said before.  The Rams hung tough for the beginning of the game and then began to unravel just like so many weeks before.  The offense didn’t do enough to keep the pressure off the defense and an impressive defense effort in the first half went all for naught in the second half.  This happens so often, it is painful to continue to write about it.  Despite the horrendous calls, the Rams lacked the composure yet again to overcome their own mistakes or anything going against them.  The Rams lost to a better team that slept-walked through the game in the Rams home stadium.  The Rams failed to show the desperation of a team that is 2-11, that wants to do anything to win the game, instead they continued faithfully with the conservative game plan and yet again it failed them.  Needless to say, it won’t be much longer until changes are made at Rams Park and this game tape will put in a pile with the others labeled “Exhibit A”.


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4 Responses to “Rams Unravel At The Dome, Lose 20-13”

  1. scott says:

    20 to 13, guess u turned off early,,,lol

  2. Steve.G says:

    I think the rams played alot harder then they are given credit for it was a close game. The problem was the same as always just couldnt score enough points to keep the pressure off our defense who played very well.its hard for us to score points with a healthy team let alone a 3rd string qb who hadnt thrown a touchdown in 4 years prior to this game.

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