Are you ready for some brilliant analysis? Well, don’t hold your breath b/c the stats tell us nothing. The Cardinals beat us in the following categories:
1 More first downs
2 More total yards gained
3 More time of possession
4 Higher Avg gain per play
5 Earned more yards per rush
6 Earned more yards per pass
7 The Rams scored 2 TDs and the Cards score 3
8 In my opinion, the Rams gave the Cards 14 points (when Cook was stripped and lost possession instead of scoring a TD and when Bradford threw an INT on the Rams 2 yard line resulting in a Cards TD)
9 The Rams had no answer for Larry Fitzgerald who scored 2 TDs.
In spite of this we did win (whew) and I think it comes down to 3 key points:
1 Rams K Greg Zuerlein scored 12 points off 4 FGs. He kicked a 48 yard field goal to win the game, but his Cardinal counterpart Jay Feely missed a 50 yarder earlier in the game.
2 The Cardinals did not sufficiently use their star WR Fitzgerald. Clearly the Rams had no way to stop the 6’3” receiver and the Cardinals did not exploit the mismatch.
3 The Rams defense was able to hold the Cards scoreless in the 4th quarter, while the Rams offense tacked on 14 (TD, 2pt conversion, and 2 FGs).
The Rams offense showed a balanced attack and new TE Jared Cook had a great debut going 7 of 10 for 141 yards and 2 TDs. He should have had a 3rd TD and I hope he got his butt chewed for the turnover b/c that kind of mistake could have cost us the game if we were playing a better team. Bottom line the Rams did enough to get the win. So, congrats to the 1-0 St Louis Rams. Next week we take on the 0-1 Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Go Rams!!!