The Rams came in the game knowing they needed to improve the running game. The numbers weren’t extraordinary, but overall I’d say, “Mission Accomplished”. The Rams were able to run the ball when it counted. The Rams’ running game pulled in big chunks of yards, earned first downs, and chewed up time. Having a running game also opened up the field for the passing game.
With some of the pressure taken off his shoulder, Rams QB Sam Bradford had a very solid game:
Overall the Jags had a more efficient passing game than the Rams (Jags 16-32 and 267 yards vs Rams 19-34 and 208 yards), but it seemed whenever the Jags started to get something going they self imploded (penalties, turnovers, and bad decisions). The Jags gave up 5 turnovers to the Rams 1. There is no way a bad team can overcome that many mistakes.
Positive for the Rams
1 The Rams had their best rushing game of the season.
2 Sam Bradford had an effective and interception free game.
3 Except for a few problems with Jags RB Jones Drew, the Rams did a good job at making tackles.
4 The Rams offensive line only gave up to 2 sacks.
5 The Rams defensive secondary showed up to play and had a solid game.
If we can continue to grow and execute in these 5 areas, then we can look forward to a more successful Rams team. Next week we play an away game against the Texans. The Texans are currently 2-2 (with a game against the SF 49ers tonight). Depending on the Texan’s performance tonight, this matchup could be a great opportunity for us (2-3) to continue to turn our season around. Go Rams!!!