At the half the score was 30-7 Vikings. There’s not too much to report in the 3rd quarter. The Vikings tacked on a 53 yard Blair Walsh field goal. Walsh made 3 field goals from at least 50 yards on the day. Walsh’s performance brought him into an NFL tie with a total of 8 50 yard (or more) field goals for the season. In the fourth quarter it looks like the Rams made a game of it, but it’s not really true. The Rams did score two touch downs in the fourth, but Minnesota had already gone into relax mode. With four minutes remaining in the game the Vikings sat RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson put on a rushing clinic with 24 runs for 212 yards and a TD.
It did seem the Rams had a slight chance to get back into the game, but you can’t win any game when you’re facing 2 opponents. The Rams weren’t beat by just the Vikings… they were beat by themselves. So the Rams score 2 touch downs while the Vikings are in prevent mode (6 yard TD pass to Amendola, another 6 yard TD pass to Kendricks, and a short pass to Amendola for a 2 point conversion). With about 5 minutes left we’re down by 11 and we have a failed drive. Now with 3 minutes left we get the ball again. A lot of quick sideline passes and we’re are all the way to the Vikings 19 yard line. It’s first and 10 and we’re hit with a false start (this can’t happen here). Now its 1st and 15. What do we do? We throw 4 passes that are all underneath the first down marker. This type of poor execution at critical moments was typical for the day.
All of this is moot since the death blow was really delivered in the 2nd quarter. Today was a reminder we’re a rebuilding organization; not a playoff team. There were a couple Rams highlights though. Steven Jackson went 13 for 73 yards and surpassed 10,000 career rushing yards, Danny Amendola made some remarkable catches in the 4th quarter, and Sam Bradford’s final numbers for the day was 35 for 55 for 377 yards and 3 TDs (exciting if he’s your fantasy QB, but in real life most of these numbers came when the game was already over).
The Rams drop to 6-7-1 for the season. Next week we take on the 6-8 Tampa Bay Bucs (they were crushed 41-0 today by the Saints in Tampa). This match up is not that different from today’s game against the Vikings. You never know which Rams team will show up so this should be interesting. Looking for more intensity and focus in Tampa. Go Rams!