The Rams were 6-6-1, coming off a victory for the ages, they were playing a team with one real offensive weapon (AP), and they were playing for a theoretical chance of making the playoffs and what do they do? In the second quarter they completely collapsed. At the half it was 30-7. That’s a really bad score for an entire game; for half a game it’s flat out stupid. Since we’re not the New England Patriots, there wasn’t a serious chance for a recovery. The Rams made a good showing in the second half (kind of). The Vikings went to a prevent defense and even pulled out Peterson so it’s pretty obvious they weren’t concerned.
What are the consequences of this one quarter meltdown? The entire season was lost. Seriously, we gave a one dimensional team a victory and surrendered our playoff hopes. Say we beat the Vikings… We’d be 7-6-1 and extremely confident. We would have rolled over the Bucs (the outcome which is obviously yet to come) and then at 8-6-1 we’d finish the season climatically with a battle against the currently very tough division rival Seattle Seahawks. Dang! Instead, we play the Bucs who have a very similar record to ours in a game that is meaningless. We know our team is rebuilding, but to collapse at such a critical time is hard to swallow.
So, Fisher says the team will play out the season playing hard. Umm yay? I’ll still enjoy this week’s game and root hard for the Rams, but we missed an opportunity here. Some moments are mean’t to be seized and our next big moment won’t come until 2013. Here’s hoping we’ve learned our lesson. Go Rams!!!