The big question everyone in Rams Nation is asking, “Will the Rams beat the Jets this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome?” And the analysis is simple. If last week’s jump-out-in-front of one of the NFL’s best defenses by 14-0 in the first quarter Rams shows up, then we will win. If the embarrassing and poorly coached getting-our-butts-kicked-in-the-fog team that lost 45-7 at the hands of the Patriots team shows up, then we will lose. Analysis over. The Rams have shown they can play with and even beat some of the best teams in the NFL. They beat Seattle, they beat the Cardinals when they were still good, and they were two brain-farts away from beating the very tough SF 49ers. On some weekends we have a very good team.
Of course you know the flip side to this… On some Sundays the Rams are very bad. We lost games to Detroit and to Miami we should have won and we were blown out by the Patriots and Packers. So again the analysis is simple, if we show up to play… we can win.
You probably want more than this huh? Ok, a few more factors. A key matchup will be WR Amendola vs Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. I believe that Amendola is the Rams catalyst. Not only does he fill a key role in their offensive strategy, he also breathes a spark of life into the team. He has a lot of heart; the very thing the Rams have been lacking for quite a while. Amendola winning his individual battle against Cromartie will have a lot to do with a Rams victory. Next important matchup is LB Laurinaitis verses Jets running back Shonn Greene. Since the Jets can’t pass the ball, they will be relying heavily on the running game. With the combination of improving DT Michael Brockers and the always tough James Laurinaitis, the Rams should be able to limit Greene’s output.
Finally, Bradford is looking good, the Rams running game is peaking, our defense has the potential to be very tough, and we have our star wide receiver back. If we can eliminate mistakes (turnovers and stupid penalties) we should be able to get a win against the Jets.
A toast to the ‘good’ Rams. May your waters always flow downstream, may you always stand upwind of your camel before he spits, and may you show up this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.