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Jeff Gordon's Rams/Packers Post-Game Comments
Quick Game Overview:
All season, the Rams have won by forcing turnovers. All season, the Packers have lost by committing turnovers.
Both teams held form in Green Bay as the Rams prevailed 23-20.
The Rams converted an early Vernand Morency fumbled into a touchdown, then sealed their victory by recovering Brett Favreís last-minute fumble.
Defensive end Leonard Little, reaching in for the ball, and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, with a crushing sack, separted Favre from the ball after the Packers had reached the Rams 11.
So the Rams, 4-1, earned a critical road victory. Their big-play defense came through again and their offense did just enough to win.
On the plus side, cornerback Jerametrius Butler, dressed for the first time all season, pounced on that final loose ball after it squirted away from Packer Chad Clifton.
On the negative side, Butler was playing because Fakhir Brown (strained ankle ligaments), Travis Fisher (groin strain) and Ron Bartell (leg cramps) were all hobbled.
On the plus side, Rams quarterback Marc Bulger passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns. On the negative size, Bulger didnít convert his last three red-zone trips with TDs and he failed to advance the ball at all late in the game.
On the plus side, the Rams got 118 yards rushing and receiving from Steven Jackson. On the negative side, the Rams allowed Noah Herron to run for 106 yards.
The bottom line: The Rams won, on the road, despite missing and losing key players.
That is a bunch of problems at one spot, cornerback. None of the problems seem terribly serious, but they are nagging -- Brown (ankle), Fisher (groin) and Bartell (calf). The Rams were fortunate to have Butler in reserve. Maybe he is out of the doghouse now . . .
Who couldn't run for 100 yards against this team? That continues to be a concern, Using Wroten instead of Green as a reserve D-lineman was supposed to help some of that, but it didn't.
Lucky to be 4-1?
Absoutely. But at least this D rallies to the ball and makes things happen, like the ealier Lovie Smith unit here.
But a LOT of work must be done before this team can beat the Seahawks.
He [Linehan] admitting being a bit conservative, given the game circumstance as the of the D. But he was clearly trying to get more TDs in tight -- the plays (like the naked bootleg) just didn't fool the Packers.
The Colts barely got past Tennessee -- a team it should destroy -- but that's jsut the NFL for you. There aren't any bad wins. We've seen Rams teams roll up big yardage in defeat before. This team is forcing mistakes instead of making them.
As we saw, Favre can still run around make some plays on the fly, That ability can counter the blitz. On the other hand, he will make some bad throws into coverage -- which is why the Rams did lay back some. Plus all the injuries to cornerbacks put a lot of pressure on the survivors, You don't want to subject them to a lot of one-on-one coverage.
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