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    Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    By Jeff Gordon
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Sunday, Oct. 26 2008
    The Rams didn’t extend their winning streak Sunday afternoon, but they
    continued their transformation.

    They are becoming a much, much better football team. The Rams showed this by
    taking 3-0, 10-7 and 16-13 leads over the Patriots in New England.

    Running back Steven Jackson sat out the game with his thigh injury. Defensive
    end Leonard Little and cornerback Ron Bartell departed with injuries.

    But Jim Haslett kept his team on the attack. With a cleaner performance -–
    fewer penalties, better special teams play, more third-down conversions on
    offense -– this Rams team could have pulled the upset.

    “We need to clean up some things, obviously,” Haslett told the Rams Radio
    Network after the game. “We can’t do some of the things we did today and win.

    “The game boiled down to field position. The whole second half -– and some of
    the second quarter, too -– the offense had long fields and the defense had
    short fields.”

    There were lots of positive signs, however:

    • Rookie receiver Donnie Avery starred, catching six passes for 163 yards and a
    touchdown. His speed forced the Patriots defense to back off the line of
    scrimmage.

    • Safety O.J. Atogwe and cornerback Fakhir Brown intercepted Matt Cassel
    passes.

    • Rookie defensive end Chris Long delivered two fourth-quarter sacks, including
    one that snuffed out another Patriots possession.

    • Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan broke through the line to make a huge
    fourth-and-one tackle, turning the ball back to the offense.

    • Defensive end Eric Moore, filling in for Little as a pass rusher, delivered a
    big fourth-quarter sack.

    • Fill-in running back Antonio Pittman performed well in Jackson’s absence,
    gained 105 yards rushing and receiving. This was his first game back since
    recovering from his broken leg.

    • Dante Hall, who had just seven catches all season, caught four passes for 47
    yards. Suddenly he had a place in this offense.

    • Marc Bulger threw the longest TD pass of his career, 69 yards, to Avery and
    passed for 301 yards.

    On the down side:

    • Bulger suffered four sacks, struggled in third-down situations and threw the
    late interception that doomed this team.

    • The Rams were flagged for nine penalties for 63 yards and had other penalties
    declined.

    • Rams coverage teams allowed 151 return yards.

    For the first time this season, this team ACTUALLY SCORED FIRST. They came out
    on the road, marched downfield and converted with a 20-yard Josh Brown field
    goal.

    Faced with a fourth-and-one situation deep in their own zone, the Rams got the
    green light from Haslett. Pittman barged for a first down and the gamble paid
    off.

    That aggressive coaching decision set the tone for a good fight Sunday
    afternoon. Later, Haslett signed off on a successful onside kick to start the
    second half.

    The Rams did not come to New England to play a competitive game and keep the
    score close. They came to win.

    “We felt we could come up here and win this game, to be honest with you,”
    Haslett said.

    A month ago, that would not have been the case.


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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    The Patsies are who we thought they were! THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE....AND WE LET 'EM OFF THE HOOK! IF YOU WANT TO CROWN 'EM, THEN CROWN 'EM!!!
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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    If you want to come after someone, come after me. I'm a man! I'm forty!

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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    If you want to come after someone, come after me. I'm a man! I'm forty!

    That's my all time favorite!

    On the down side:
    Don't forget Dante's boneheaded blunder in the endzone that cost us 2-3 additional plays!
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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    All QB's are going to struggle in consistent 3rd and long situations ....

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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    this is true,but why are they always in 3rd and long situations.

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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    Quote Originally Posted by jkramsfan View Post
    this is true,but why are they always in 3rd and long situations.
    IMO it's because Jackson wasn't playing, and Bulger was getting sacked a lot. Their D had no reason to respect the run, and for good reason. This mean that when the RB got 1 or 2 yards on first down, then an incomplete on 2nd down=long 3rd down play. Or a good play that gets penalized, had some of those today. Or Bulger getting sacked to put the Rams in a long third down. Take your pick

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    Re: Rams get sidetracked, but not derailed

    Quote Originally Posted by dgr828 View Post
    The Patsies are who we thought they were! THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE....AND WE LET 'EM OFF THE HOOK! IF YOU WANT TO CROWN 'EM, THEN CROWN 'EM!!!
    Thats funny! LMAO!!!

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