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    Rams Report Card vs. Saints

    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Here’s one blogger’s grades for the St. Louis Rams after Sunday’s 28-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints:

    *QUARTERBACK: Marc Bulger threw an ill-advised ball into the end zone that was picked off in the first quarter. But that was his only major miscue on a day in which he produced a season-high 298 passing yards and a solid 93.5 passer rating, despite losing WR Keenan Burton to injury in the first quarter. And Bulger, who hooked up with WR Donnie Avery for TDs of 29 and 19 yards, would’ve had even better numbers if not for a couple of drops. GRADE: B

    RUNNING BACKS: On a day when he passed Lawrence McCutcheon for third place on the Rams’ career rushing list, Steven Jackson again was a force. He pounded out 131 yards on the ground on 26 carries, and added 45 yards on nine catches. GRADE: A

    RECEIVERS: Rookie Brandon Gibson, forced into heavy action after Burton went down, was an instant hit. He finished with seven receptions for 93 yards, both season highs for Rams wideouts. Avery had the two scoring grabs, the first multi-TD game of his career. WR Danny Amendola had a bad drop on a slant that might’ve turned into a touchdown. TE Randy McMichael also dropped a ball. Nice outing for TE Daniel Fells, with three catches for 51 yards. Would’ve been even better if he could’ve held onto to the 2-point conversion pass in the final minutes. GRADE: B

    OFFENSIVE LINE: Bulger was sacked only twice, although he scrambled out of trouble a couple of other times. Jackson generally was given enough room to build momentum. Final-play holding call on LT Alex Barron would’ve been a crusher had Bulger’s Hail Mary pass been completed. GRADE: B

    DEFENSIVE LINE: The Saints averaged 7 yards per run, rolling up 209 yards on the ground. Pass rush was so-so. DE Chris Long got the only sack. DE James Hall had a team-high six tackles, according to the unofficial press-box stats. GRADE: D

    LINEBACKERS: The Saints exploited the Rams on running plays that attacked the perimeter, where the LBs are supposed to help with containment. Even rookie MLB James Laurinaitis was quiet (four tackles). David Vobora’s hard hit on TE Jeremy Shockey jarred the ball loose, and S Oshiomogho Atogwe intercepted. GRADE: D+

    SECONDARY: Atogwe got his first pick since the season-opener. He also slammed into WR Marques Colston near the goal line, causing a fumble that saved a touchdown. James Butler also had an interception. CBs Ron Bartell and Quincy Butler were pretty good in coverage against a dangerous passing team. Nickel back Justin King missed a couple of tackles. GRADE: B+

    SPECIAL TEAMS: The 97-yard kickoff return by Courtney Roby for a TD opening the second half was a killer after the Rams had fought for a 14-14 halftime tie. Rams coverage overall was mediocre, as were their returns. Donnie Jones often was punting on a short field, so his gross average was down (36.0). GRADE: D

    COACHING: OC Pat Shurmur got Jackson 35 touches — 26 carries and nine catches — and he produced 176 yards from scrimmage. Play-calling was a bit more creative. DC Ken Flajole played it fairly conservatively, choosing to defend the dangerous Saints passing game mostly with coverage. That strategy was generally effective, although the defense got caught in the wrong formation a couple of times. Rough day for special-teams coach Tom McMahon’s units. HC Steve Spagnuolo deserves credit for his having his team in position to win at the end. GRADE: B


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    Re: Rams Report Card vs. Saints

    i think our secondary did amazing A+ considering the saints are top 3 in yards passing in the nfl. the saints defense had all the injuries there offense was fine. Marcous Colston one of the premiere wideouts had only 43 yards. Bartell did a great job covering even though he has a lingering leg injury. two turnovers of course OJ would be in on it. Not to mention our d-line had no pressure on brees up until the Last quater. and they coverd the recievers well for a long time with barley a pass rush.

    special teams really hurt us coming out 14-14 at halftime and we lost all of our momentum, the retuner didnt really break any tackles he just had a huge hole and no one was gunna catch him.

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