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Rams' defense continues to do little right
Rams' defense continues to do little right
Seattle runs for 245 yards in win
SEATTLE --Simply put, the St. Louis Rams got bulldozed by the Seattle Seahawks.
The Rams allowed 245 rushing yards in their 37-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Julius Jones rushed for 140 yards and one touchdown, while T.J.. Duckett rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
"We're going to have to tackle better," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "A couple of long runs were missed tackles. That's basic football. That's Pop Warner on up."
The Seahwaks had seven running plays of 10 or more yards, including three running plays of 20 or more yards.
" On every play, it seemed like we left them at least one hole and they did a good job of finding that," Rams defensive tackle Adam Carriker said.
Rams defensive tackle La'Roi Glover said the gashes in the team's run defense were self-inflicted.
"Today it was more of an issue of what we did to ourselves," Glover said. "We had a lot of missed tackles and missed opportunities and we have to get that fixed. Those are things that you just can't do. Those things are coming back to bite us in the ... butt. Our confidence is a little down."
The Rams' defensive woes extend beyond their rush defense. They've given up an average of 38.6 points and 456.7 yards per game.
"And, it has been three games in a row," Linehan said. "A lot of big plays, not much that you can do. We're holding people to 40 points per game in three games, which is tough. And, we're not scoring enough on offense."
The Rams have scored two touchdowns and a total of 29 points in three games.
The Rams' lone touchdown came on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Marc Bulger to wide receiver Dane Looker with 9:07 left in the third quarter.
It was Looker's first touchdown catch since the 2003 season when he had 47 catches for 497 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams.
Rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery hauled in his first NFL pass with a 5-yard reception in the third quarter. He ended up with three catches for 24 yards.
Veteran wide receiver Eddie Kennison saw his first action for the Rams since being signed after Game 1, but he didn't make any catches.
• The Rams' inactives included guard Jacob Bell and defensive end Leonard Little, who are both nursing hamstring injuries.
The other inactives were: Running back Brian Leonard, wide receiver Keenan Burton, safety Brannon Condren, guard Roy Schuening, wide receiver Drew Bennett and third-string quarterback Brock Berlin.
• The Rams were flagged for only one false start playing at noisy Qwest Field.
It should come as no surprise that right tackle Alex Barron was the offender, giving him an NFL-leading 33 false starts since 2005.
• The Rams gave up only one sack, but it was devastating as linebacker Julian Peterson beat the block of fullback Dan Kreider to sack Bulger and force a fumble.
Peterson recovered the fumble at the St. Louis 24, leading to the Seahawks' first touchdown.
• Running back Antonio Pittman sprained his lower leg on special teams and right guard Richie Incognito sprained his knee. Incognito will undergo an MRI, though Linehan said he thought the injury was something Incognito could work through.
• Donnie Jones continued his Pro Bowl-caliber season by averaging 54.4 yards on his four punts, including a 61-yarder.
• Linebacker Will Witherspoon, the Rams' sack leader last season, had the team's lone sack against the Seahawks. Witherspoon also was credited with a team-leading seven tackles according to the press box statistics.
• Wide receiver Torry Holt had only four catches for 37 yards, but it was enough to move past both Keyshawn Johnson and Henry Ellard, the Rams' wide receivers coach, for 17th on the NFL's all-time receptions list.
Holt now has 809 receptions.
-09-22-2008 #2Mooselini Guest
Re: Rams' defense continues to do little right
Well its amazing that we only got flagged for one false start. Reduce that number even more guys.
Bell needs to come back. Little needs to come back.
Bulger needs to get his act straight and hit open receivers. I mean, it may not be totally his fault, but he can improve.
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