It’s halftime at the Edward Jones dome. The Rams trail the Packers 10-7, but if you only watched the first quarter you would have gone away extremely discouraged. GB QB Aaron Rodgers was smooth, accurate, and appeared untouchable. He moved the Packers down the field with ease. The man to man match ups did not favor the Rams as I watched CB Johnson, DB McGee, and LB Armstrong all get burned on different plays. Rodgers played on 2 drives. Both drives were built out of 12 plays and both resulted in putting points on the board. The Rams put little pressure on Rodgers and I saw too many missed tackles by Rams linemen and linebackers. We definitely did not see a return on our investment with the defense that was on the field.
Rams QB Bradford lead a pathetic drive in the first quarter that took me back to 2011. A variety of short anemic passes, ineffective running by Zac Stacy, and the one pass Bradford threw for more than 20 yards was way off the mark. It was very tempting to just turn off the TV. Luckily I held on for the 2nd quarter and Bradford’s second and final drive. In this march down the field, the Rams offense looked like a real and effective NFL football squad. We still didn’t get much from the back field, but a couple of great catches were seen from WR Kenny Brit and TE Lance Kendricks. The final play of the drive was an 11 yard strike to Kendricks right up the middle for a TD.
And that was all she wrote for the starters on both teams. I have to tell you I was expecting more out of Gregg William’s defense, but its only preseason game #2 and there’s still a lot of time to fine tune (or simply tune in this case) the defensive product. Except for the guys competing on the field for a possible job, the rest of the game is fairly meaningless. Hey, no reason not to enjoy the heck out of the second half, but we can definitely put the analytical aside of the brain on pause, grab a cold beverage, and kick it.
Have a great weekend Rams fans! Go Rams!