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    Scoring Seems Like a Foreign Concept to Rams

    by Howard Balzer

    The Rams had more yards, more first downs, more plays and more time of possession Sunday than the undefeated Packers.
    But when the game had ended, all that didn't matter because the 424 yards the Rams gained meant little as they managed to score only one field goal in a 24-3 loss.
    They now prepare to play the Dallas Cowboys on the road, and coach Steve Spagnuolo knows his team won't win any games if they continue to fail to finish drives and allow big plays on defense.
    Asked about the team playing better than it had in previous games, Spagnuolo said, "I said to the team that we do not accept losing and our actions will reflect that. It's about winning football games, not moral victories. I'm not going to sit here and dissect the game because in reality it's some of the same things that have happened to us in some of the other games.
    "Until we get that squared away the result is going to be the same. The motto is still going to be to continue to get better. We're going to reach a certain point and we're going to turn this thing around.
    "I know there were some good things that we did. Our offense moved the football but we just didn't get it in. We played periods of good defense but you can't give up big plays, especially to an offense like this."
    Cornerback Al Harris, who bit on a pump fake with the result being a 93-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to give the Packers a 17-0 lead, was asked where the team goes from here.
    Said Harris, "I am at a loss for words. The things that happened out there shouldn't happen on that level. Until we overcome that, it is going to be an uphill battle. We will continue to fight, but you have to play near perfect ball and that is just something that we aren't doing right now."
    While cornerback Justin King gets beat up on many levels, at least his bad plays have been simply being outclassed physically.
    Harris' gaffe shouldn't have happened, just as a key play in the game against the Giants shouldn't have happened when Harris blew a coverage and allowed Mario Manningham to make a big play down field.
    Meanwhile, the litany of miscues that have affected the offense has been a combination of penalties, dropped passes and failures in the red zone. The Rams had three trips inside the 20 Sunday (although one really shouldn't count) and scored three points. In 12 red-zone trips in five games, they have scored just three touchdowns.
    "That's something that we've struggled with all year," quarterback Sam Bradford said. "There have been several games where we've been able to move the ball up and down the field and then we get to the red zone and just have silly mistakes to not allow us to put the ball in the end zone. In this league if you want to win you've got to score touchdowns."
    One of those instances Sunday came when the Rams were at the Green Bay 10-yard line on first down. Bradford passed to 6-5 receiver Danario Alexander in an attempted fade to the back of the end zone, but the pass was woefully underthrown him and it was intercepted by Sam Shields.
    Defensively, the Packers gained just 66 yards on their first 14 plays, but on fourth-and-1 from midfield on the second play of the second quarter, running back James Starks gained 15 yards. The next play was a 35-yard touchdown to James Jones and the next play the Packers ran was the 93-yard scoring play. They closed out the scoring with an 11-play, 62-yard drive in that 21-point second quarter, so after those first 14 plays, the next 14 totaled 205 yards.
    Roster shuffle: With Mark Clayton eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list this week, it's reasonable to wonder about the job security for Mike Sims-Walker. He was inactive against Green Bay, and he has been a huge disappointment. That shouldn't be a surprise because Jacksonville had no interest in re-signing him back this season.
    Sunday, Danario Alexander and Greg Salas were targeted 10 times. Alexander caught six for 91 yards and Salas eight for 77.
    The Rams have also expressed interest in Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd, who has had one good year in the NFL. But it was last season with Josh McDaniels as his offensive coordinator. Lloyd will be a free agent after the season, so giving up a draft choice only make sense if the Rams intend to re-sign him. Although he is an older player than Lloyd, when receiver Derrick Mason was traded by the Jets to Houston, the Texans agreed to surrender a conditional seventh-round pick.
    Bradford said of the improved production in the passing game, "I think those guys have gotten better every week and I think it really showed today. To come in and play the way they did here in Green Bay against a good defense, I think it shows that they're really starting to understand the offense and they're starting to understand what we're trying to do in the pass game."
    With weak-side linebacker Ben Leber inactive, Chris Chamberlain started and had seven tackles. Rookie Jabara Williams was active for the first time this season.
    Cornerback Brian Jackson, who was signed last Monday, was active instead of Rod Hood, but that decision was made with special teams in mind.
    Statistically speaking: The Rams entered the game ranked last in the NFL with an average gain on first down of 4.18 yards. Mixing run and pass, there was significant improvement Sunday with 199 yards gained on first down on 32 plays (6.22 average). And that includes the 16-yard loss on another attempted long lateral to running back Cadillac Williams. Might be time to drop that one from the playbook.
    The Rams have been outscored 137-49 overall, 103-19 in the first half and 51-3 in the second quarter in their five games.
    Injury impact: Bradford suffered a sprained left ankle on the Rams' final offensive play of the game (a sack), but X-rays were negative and he said he felt fine after the game.
    Left tackle Rodger Saffold injured his left ankle also on the final offensive play of the game, and there was concern it might be a high ankle sprain.
    Cadillac Williams took a helmet to the thigh in the fourth quarter, and the injury will be evaluated Monday.
    Just wondering: On the final play from scrimmage in the first half, the Rams entered the red zone on a pass to Steven Jackson that reached the 18-yard line. With seven seconds showing on the clock when the play started, Josh Brown kicked a 36-yard field goal. Seems odd that would count as a red-zone possession when no offensive play was attempted.


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    Re: Scoring Seems Like a Foreign Concept to Rams

    We played a hell of a game Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champs. It wasn't a win but it was a hell of a good game plan with SJ back and our two glaring weaknesses obviously are still there, O Line and CB play. All in all I was very proud of our coaching staff finally adjusting defensivly in the second half and only horrible play by the individuals in our secondary cost us the game in the first half. If we play like this against the Cowgirls we win, hands down.
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    Re: Scoring Seems Like a Foreign Concept to Rams

    You forgot the glaring weakness of Brandon Gibson. When he catches the ball, it is short of the first down marker on third down, or he catches behind the line of scrimmage and gets tackled for a loss. Everything else gets dropped. Brandon Gibson has got to go.
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    Re: Scoring Seems Like a Foreign Concept to Rams

    Time to stop kidding yourself and realise Brandon Gibson is not a # 1,2,3 WR on this team. I'd rather keep MSW.

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