It was a great day in San Francisco for the 500th victory in franchise history.The Rams who have earned their identity as a storied franchise of offensive greatness and defensive staples, the likes of the Fearsome Foursome. Two teams with horrible season outcomes so far. Two cities with lots of memorable battles. Two teams with different starts but similar outcomes. Two teams known for better played football and past glories with NFL memories.It was a great feeling to have the victory come against a storied rival in the San Francisco *****.
No wonder 2007 has been a low point in each teams memory. The 500th win in the Rams franchise history, was fitting at Candlestick Park( Monster Park). It was also fitting for Isaac Bruce by surpassing his coach Henry Ellard for 6th All Time in receiving yards in California of all places. A memorable West Coast Bash. Rams start second season 2-0 and win with a defensive stance 13-9.
Since the Cleveland game, the Rams defensive unit has not allowed a 100 yard rusher. And this Sunday in San Francisco ,Frank Gore was held to 32 yards. The continued contributions of Will Witherspoon, O.J. Atogwe and Pisa Tinoisamoa have kept the Rams in the every game and leading to victories. The interceptions by O.J. Atogwe have been huge momentum shifters for scoring offensively, add Witherspoon and Cory Chavous on the pressure mode and Jim Haslett has this team focused on pass rushing and keying on the pass.
Jim Haslett has commented on the improvement since the bye. He added," We're much better against the run than we were last year." And this has allowed for better one on one coverages in zones. The Rams rank 17th overall and 19th against the run. It has truely allowed Witherspoon, Chavous, and Atogwe to pressure and keep the rush. Trent Dilfer for three quarters felt the rush with little results offensively. The defensive unit help keep the game close and actually held off a huge setback for the second half by intercepting the ***** on the last drive in the 4th quarter to preserve the victory.
The Rams did enough to win. Offensively with Steven Jackson back in healthy mode. The Rams took advantage of the ***** defense early. But the ***** responded with veteran Bryan Young leading the charge with multiple sacks on Marc Bulger for key drives and 3rd down conversations which led to the close score. Even with Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, the ***** did a great job of containing the Pro Bowlers to minimal gains. Credit the ***** defense for a great game defensively and keeping their team in the game. Without them playing well, this game could have been like the New Orleans game. The offensive unit this week gave up huge sacks and lots of assigments were missed which allowed the ***** to sack easily. Jeff Wilkins and Torry Holt helped the Rams get by with a win in San Francisco and a 500th victory.
Coach Linehan was pleased with the contributions and stated," Key is protecting the ball. Two straight weeks without turnovers." And continued to point out that they have seen their fair share of lessons on the losing end. He continued by adding," 500th win for the Rams franchise, only 5 other teams in NFL history can say that." And a memorable win versus a longtime rival.
Seattle is another thorn in our side lately. It would only be fitting for this Rams team to win their third in row. The lack of Leonard Little in this game will be missed greatly unless Atogwe has another interception(s) day. The Rams offense has to have a great Red Zone day better than the 50% versus the *****. It has to play just like the Saints game. The Hawks look like they need to be cooked.