The Rams troubles continue. After being benched last week for continued poor performance, Rams QB Nick Foles returns to the field the same way he left it. Foles stats for the game (with about 5 and a half minutes remaining) include completions of 26 of 38 attempts for 199 yards, 3 interceptions and zero touch downs. 1 of Foles’ interceptions was for a pick 6 and pretty much put a nail into the Rams proverbial coffin. For Foles, all of this translates to a QB Rating of about 50. Compare that to the Bengals’ Andy Dalton (20 of 27 for 233, 3 touch downs, 1 interception and a QB Rating of over 120) and you begin to get a sense of what the Rams are up against.
If you look at the game stats they’re really not that far apart. The Rams net passing adds up to 220 yards versus the Bengals for 233. The Rams actually had more total plays than the Bengals (64 to 58). And the Bengals only had 50 more yards passing for the game. What’s the difference. The 3 interceptions is one big difference, but the other is what I’d call the timeliness of yards gained. The Rams had very little offensive output in both the 1st and 3rd quarters. During the times of the game when the yardage counted, when your offense had to be on the field and had to put points on the board to stay in the game… they did not. Most of the Rams yards were gained after they were behind. They were gained after the big mistakes were made and they were contributed at a time when any yards gained were really ‘too little to late’.
The game has just ended and the score pretty much reflects the complete offensive ineptiveness the Rams have been unable to shake. Rams 7, Bengals 31. The Rams who were once 4-3 this season, but have dropped to 4 and 7. Football is not rocket science. Most of us can point to the obvious problems the Rams are facing (a terrible QB, a injury stricken offensive line, poor play calling, and a general lack of execution) and yet game after game (and year after year) nothing seems to change. We might win 1 or 2 more games this year (there are a few teams in the league as bad or worse than us), but we are pretty much done. After being bad this long I don’t even taken comfort in the fact that we’ll get some great draft picks for next year. If that made a difference we’d have been better by now.
Next week we play the Cardinals in our own Edward Jones Dome. My advice? Invite your friends over. Have a good time. You never know… we could get lucky. Have a great week Rams fans!