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St Louis Rams 2012 Season Opener – Analysis

Sunday 9/9/2012 the St Louis Rams go to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions.  This will be the season opener and already it appears the odds are stacked against us.  The Lions and their high powered offense are 7.5 point favorites.  A few weeks ago when our revamped defense appeared to be coming together (Week #2 against the Chiefs) we might have approached this game with a silent confidence.  However, last week our star rookie DT Michael Brockers went down with a high ankle sprain.  The big man we expected to stuff up the middle of the line will be out an entire month.  So instead we turn to our dynamic duo in the defensive secondary (Jenkins and Finnegan).  Will they be the game savers?  Will they be able to shut down the Lions receiving star Calvin Johnson aka “Megatron”?  In 2011 Johnson had 96 receptions for nearly 1700 yards.  He also contributed 16 TDs.  This is quite a task for our new CBs.  (Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 TDs in 2011.)

On the other side of the ball, we have this preseason’s down again/up again Rams offense.  Which starting squad will we see?  The anemic three and out squad or the running and gunning (slot receiving) offense whose O-line is able to push forward as well as step back and protect our recovering once-thought-to-be super star QB Sam Bradford.  Assuming Fisher delivers the good Rams offense, they will be playing against a middle of the road Detroit defense who could be missing CB Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas.  Plus, unlike our previous 2 head coaches, Jeff Fisher is an experienced play caller.  Look for some savvy and talent appropriate play calling.  So this game is not completely out of hand, but a lot of pressure is going to be out on the Rams’ front lines.  The D-line needs to get pressure of Stafford who last year did his thing despite being sacked 36 times and the O-line to protect Bradford who took even more punishment.

This will definitely be a test.  I don’t think a Rams loss should place a losing label on our foreheads for the 2012 season, but I do think an underdog victory to start the season would be a tremendous confidence builder.  I can’t wait for the game.  Go Rams!!!


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One Response to “St Louis Rams 2012 Season Opener – Analysis”

  1. Steve G. says:

    I think if we limit calvin to 2 touchdowns or less we can pull this off. This could be the start we needed last year. Go Rams!!!

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