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  • Week 2 Rams preveiw

    Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX (Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan)

    St. Louis Rams (0-1) atWashington Redskins (0-1
    Sheridan's line: Washington by 9˝

    Game plan: The Rams don't have the pass protection or experienced receivers needed to play from behind. The offense needs to run through RB Steven Jackson, but a one-dimensional attack is difficult against the Redskins' stout front seven. St. Louis can ill afford a repeat of its 10 penalties last week that constantly left QB Marc Bulger exposed to third-and-longs. Washington isn't going to run away and hide — the Redskins haven't scored 30 points in 17 games under coach Jim Zorn. But Washington can methodically wear down a Rams defense that gave up 4.9 yards per carry in Seattle. The Rams also struggled to keep tabs on Seahawks TE John Carlson, which could lead to a big day for Chris Cooley.

    Need to know: Jackson has averaged 135 yards from scrimmage in three career games against Washington. ... The Redskins' next four opponents — St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Carolina — all lost their season openers.
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  • eldfan
    Breaking down the Rams-Redskins contest
    by eldfan
    Breaking down the Rams-Redskins contest
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/20/2009

    When the Rams run the ball

    Steven Jackson had the fourth-best rushing day of his career against the Redskins in 2006, with 150 yards. Last season, he lost an early fumble at the St. Louis 3, which the Redskins turned into a quick TD. But he kept running hard and finished strongly, gaining 79 yards on 22 carries. Even with a front seven built to stop the run, the Redskins respect everything about Jackson. "He just runs hard and wild and out of control," Redskins counterpart Clinton Portis said. "I'm glad I'm not on the defense that I have to step in front of him. He's a back capable of putting up big numbers; we've seen him put up big numbers. I just hope he won't be able to do it on Sunday."

    EDGE — Rams

    When the Redskins run the ball

    Portis is reaching the stage of his career where he's got a lot of miles on the odometer, namely 2,300 touches. But he remains one of the league's elite backs, an effective cutback runner with an aggressive downhill style. And if Julius Jones of Seattle can put 117 yards on St. Louis, as he did last week, Portis probably feels he can double that. He had 129 yards and 2 TDs last year against the Rams at FedEx Field. Like Jackson, Portis got only 16 carries in last week's season opener. Unlike Jackson, Portis was routinely replaced in third-down situations (by Ladell Betts). From a Rams standpoint, the more time Portis spends on the sidelines, the better.

    EDGE — Redskins

    When the Rams pass the ball

    Even though he had an interception last week against the Giants, two-time Pro Bowl CB DeAngelo Hall is coming off a sub-par game for the Redskins. Hall gives a lot of cushion, reading the quarterback as much as he does the wide receiver, so he can be had on underneath or quick-developing routes. Just don't throw late, because Hall can close on the ball. Hall and Rams WR Laurent Robinson were teammates in 2007 in Atlanta. "Every day in practice, we used to go at it," Robinson said. "So I'm excited about this opportunity; hopefully I can make the best of it." The Redskins' other starting corner, Carlos Rogers, is a more consistent player. Nickel back Fred Smoot is best in press coverage.

    EDGE — Redskins

    When the Redskins pass the ball

    Marc Bulger isn't the only QB facing a make-or-break year. Washington's Jason Campbell is in his third full season as the Redskins' starter, and he's in the final year of his contract. He appears more confident in the pocket, yet still seems to lack football instincts. That internal clock QBs need, telling them to get the ball out, doesn't always work. Hence, he lost a fumble that was returned for a TD last week against the Giants. He threw an interception on a play where he already was...
    -09-20-2009, 08:13 AM
  • laram0
    Here's what the REDSKINS do....
    by laram0
    Rankings:

    OFFENSE

    #4- T.O.P. (32:54 per game)
    #5- Rushing (146.6 yards per game) 33.4 attempts per game avg.
    #17- Passing (204.6 yards per game) 31 attempts per game avg.
    #1- +6 (Turnover ratio)
    ZERO turnovers by the Offense.

    DEFENSE
    13th- Overall
    9th- against the Run
    20th against the Pass

    They have sacked the opposing QB only 6 times.

    For whatever reason the Redskins opponents this season have tried to beat the Skins through the air. Their Opponents have thrown the ball 175 times vs. 103 rushing attempts. The Redskins rush defense is allowing an avg. of 4.1 yards per attempt.

    Haslett has mentioned that he wants to get back to the "establish the run" to open up the passing game approach. Old style smash mouth football. That may be just what the doctor ordered when playing the Skins? Also the "law of averages" is that the Skins offense is going to turn the ball over at some point, hopefully it's this Sunday.

    GO RAMS!!!
    -10-09-2008, 11:21 AM
  • dgr828
    Rams Prepare To Tee-Off For 'Skins Game'
    by dgr828
    WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-6) VS SAINT LOUIS RAMS(5-6)

    GAMEDAY: SUNDAY/ DECEMBER 4, 2005 (4:05PM est)

    SITE: EDWARDJONES DOME / SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI USA

    TV : PLEASE CHECK LOCAL LISTING
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    RAMS AND REDSKINS (HEAD TO HEAD)

    SUNDAY'S GAME WILL BE THE 31st REGULAR SEASON MEETING BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS, DATING BACK TO 1937, WHEN THE RAMS REPRESENTED THE CITY OF CLEVELAND, IN THEIR 1st SEASON IN THE LEAGUE.
    THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS LEADS THE ALLTIME SERIES (21-8-1).

    * 60 YEARS AGO THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS AND THE CLEVELAND RAMS PLAYED IN THE 1945 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AT CLEVELAND'S MUNICIPAL STADIUM. (RAMS WON, 15-14)

    THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS (GETTING TO KNOW YOU.....)

    TEAM OWNER: DANIEL M. SNYDER, 40 (7th YEAR)

    HEAD COACH/TEAM PRESIDENT: JOE GIBBS(14yrs, 1981-1992, 2004-PRESENT)

    RECORD: 124-60 (REG.), 16-5 (POST, .789%)

    COACH GIBBS HAS TAKEN THE REDSKINS TO 4 SUPERBOWLS (SB XVII, XVIII, XXII, XXVI) WINNING 3.
    THE ONLY COACH TO WIN THREE SUPERBOWLS WITH THREE DIFERRENT QUARTERBACKS (JOE THEISMANN, DOUG WILLIAMS, MARK RYPIEN).

    BEGAN COACHING CAREER AT SAN DIEGO STATE IN 1964, UNDER COACH DON CORYELL.

    ALSO JOINED CORYELL'S STAFF WITH THE SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS (1973-77) -OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD COACH.

    INDUCTED HALL OF FAME/ 1996

    ESTABLISHED JOE GIBBS RACING (NASCAR) WON DAYTONA 500, 2X WINSTON CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS

    REDSKINS COACHING STAFF:

    ASST HC/OFF: JOE BUGEL

    ASST HC/DEF: GREGG WILLIAMS

    RBs COACH: EARNEST BYNER

    QUALITY CONTROL: COY GIBBS (SON OF HC JOE GIBBS, IS ALSO A RACECAR DRIVER ON THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES CIRCUIT)
    _______________________________________________

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS (DEPTH CHART)

    QB MARK BRUNELL(8), PATRICK RAMSEY(11)

    RB CLINTON PORTIS(26)

    WR TAYLOR JACOBS(84), SANTANA MOSS(89), JAMES THRASH(84)

    WLB LAVAR ARRINGTON(56)

    CBs SHAWN SPRINGS(24), CARLOS RODGERS(22)

    PK JOHN HALL(10)

    P DERRICK FROST(4)
    _______________________________________________

    RAMS AND REDSKINS RANKINGS

    REDSKINS
    TOTAL OFFENSE RANK/14 (332.5 YARDS PER GAME)
    RUSH RANK/10 (121.7 YPG)
    PASS RANK/16 (210.8 YPG)
    _______________________________________________
    TOTAL DEFENSE RANK/10 (308.3 YPG)
    RUSH D RANK/18 (115.5 YPG)
    PASS D RANK/12 (197.7 YPG)
    _______________________________________________

    RAMS
    TOTAL OFFENSE RANK/ 4 (372.4 YARDS PER GAME)
    RUSH RANK/23 (95.5 YPG)...
    -12-02-2005, 12:58 AM
  • eldfan
    Redskins Outlast Rams
    by eldfan
    By Jeff Gordon
    As we predicted, the Rams put up a good fight Sunday for coach Steve Spagnuolo.

    But as we also predicted in this corner of cyberspace, they didn’t have enough to actually beat the Redskins in suburban Washington D.C.

    The Rams fell to the Redskins in a 9-7 struggle, leaving them 0-2 this season and 5-29 during the last two-plus seasons.

    “I am proud of how hard the team fought,” Spagnuolo told the Rams Radio Network. “We are disappointed. There are no moral victories in football.

    “We were a play or two away. There are positives here, but there are details we have to iron or else we’ll continue giving games away.”

    Rams fans did see some progress in Week 2 of the NFL season. Here were a few highlights:

    Marc Bulger took another physical beating, but he threw the ball OK within the confines of the West Coast-style offense. He developed a nice connection with wide receiver Laurent Robinson and lofted a 2-yard TD pass to him. Under duress, he didn’t turn the ball over.
    Running back Steven Jackson did some powerful north-south running against the physical Redskins defense, rushing for 104 yards. His 58-yard run set up the only Rams TD.
    Receiver Keenan Burton made a couple of nice catches at a critical juncture of the game.
    Newcomer LaJuan Ramsey was a disruptive force at defensive tackle.
    Safety O.J. Atogwe forced a critical fumble late in the first half, keeping the Rams within range.
    And now, here were the lowlights:

    Donnie Avery’s red-zone fumble in the fourth quarter doomed the Rams. He spit the ball up after making a catch inside the Washington 10 and trying to fight for a first down.
    During the first half, the offensive line folded like a $10 tent against the Redskins pass pressure.
    The kick return game had little to offer.
    The defense allowed Washington to run 20 more plays than the Rams ran. They didn’t stop the run consistently and they didn’t pressure Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell consistently, earning just one sack.
    -09-20-2009, 05:11 PM
  • RamWraith
    Jackson keeps Rams playoff dreams alive
    by RamWraith
    By R.B. Fallstrom
    AP SPORTS WRITER
    12/24/2006


    More excitement like this and the St. Louis Rams won't have to worry about TV blackouts.

    Steven Jackson wrapped up a big day with a 21-yard touchdown run in overtime, Marc Bulger tied his career best with four touchdown passes and the beleaguered defense made a big play in regulation in a 37-31 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

    The Rams (7-8) rallied on the day the franchise's 95-game streak of regular-season sellouts ended. The franchise also had five playoff sellouts during the run that began in 1995 when it moved from Los Angeles, and it ended with an attendance of 62,324 -- more than 3,000 shy of capacity at the Edward Jones Dome.

    St. Louis has won two straight after losing seven of the previous eight, keeping alive faint playoff hopes.



    The Rams missed a chance to wrap it up in regulation when Jeff Wilkins was wide left on a 41-yard field goal as time expired. Washington squandered it's own opportunity when Ladell Betts was stripped by O.J. Atogwe after a 25-yard gain and Corey Chavous recovered at the St. Louis 12 with 2:02 to go.

    Betts tied a franchise record with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game for the Redskins (5-10), and also topped 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career.

    Washington scored more than 20 points for the first time in seven games, getting 21 in the first half alone. But the Redskins' defense allowed more than 30 points for only the third time.

    Jackson had 150 yards on 33 carries and six catches for 102 yards, a 252-yard day that allowed him to become the Rams' first 2,000-yard man since Marshall Faulk in 2001. He transformed a short pass over the middle into a career-best 64-yard scoring reception in the third quarter to begin the comeback from a 28-14 deficit, and broke a few tackles on the winning run.

    Isaac Bruce caught nine passes for 148 yards for the Rams, giving him his eighth 1,000-yard season.

    Jackson's only mistake, a fumble after a 5-yard catch, allowed the Redskins to tie it on Shaun Suisham's career-best 52-yard field goal with 3:21 to go.

    Betts scored on a pair of 6-yard runs, and his second score gave the Redskins a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.

    Jackson accounted for 101 of 151 yards on two drives later in the quarter that allowed the Rams to tie it. Besides the 64-yard reception, he rushed for 37 yards on four carries to help set up Stephen Davis' 10-yard touchdown on a shovel pass that tied it at 28.

    Vernon Fox's blocked punt, the second of the season and second this month for Washington, had given the Redskins momentum in the first half. That play set up Betts' first touchdown to tie it at 14. Jason Campbell went 3-for-3 on the Redskins' final drive of the half, ending a string of eight straight...
    -12-24-2006, 03:16 PM
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