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    Rams Notebook: Rams are having difficulty scoring
    By Jim Thomas
    Monday, Oct. 05 2009

    SAN FRANCISCO — Four games into the season, the Rams aren't even on a pace to
    hit triple digits in scoring. With 24 points so far, the Rams are on pace to
    score 96 points over 16 games.

    As a result of Sunday's 35-0 loss to the *****, the Rams have been shut out
    twice in four games. The last time that happened was 1942, when the franchise
    was based in Cleveland. The Cleveland Rams also were shut out twice in '41, '38
    and 1937 — which was the franchise's inaugural season.

    The Rams have scored only three touchdowns in '09, and have just one field goal
    in four tries by kicker Josh Brown. Brown had a kick blocked against Green Bay
    and has missed twice. His 51-yard attempt in the first quarter Sunday was
    short. It appeared to be knocked down by a stiff wind at Candlestick Park.


    Steven Jackson bulled his way for 79 yards on 23 carries against San
    Francisco's fourth-ranked run defense. Most of the yards came on second and
    third efforts, with little in the way of running room.

    "Really tough going," Jackson said. "The ***** did a really good job of
    containing the run, stopping the run, and making it really hard on us to get
    anything going. There was definitely a lot of guys in the box. Patrick Willis
    made plays like we expected him to make plays. It's no surprise. Every team's
    going to (stack the box) until we find a way to put points on the board. So
    we've just got to fight it."

    Jackson is on pace for 1,468 yards rushing, which would be the second-highest
    total of his career, but has yet to score a touchdown.


    Ron Bartell, who had made 25 consecutive starts at cornerback before Sunday,
    was among the Rams' pregame inactives. With Bartell scratched because of a
    thigh injury, second-year man Justin King started in his place.

    Bartell tested the thigh during pregame, but it was no-go.

    "It was the top-end (speed), he couldn't just let it go," coach Steve Spagnuolo
    said. "If he could've done that, we would've went with him. He felt bad about
    not (playing). He was hurt last week, let's face it. He battled through it
    because that's the pride, that's the guy he is. We just wanted to play it a
    little bit smarter this time."

    The other Rams inactives were: S James Butler (knee), RT Jason Smith (knee), DE
    Victor Adeyanju, OG Roger Allen III, WR Nate Jones, and DT Darell Scott.


    — S Craig Dahl made his first Rams start in place of Butler but left with a
    head injury — an apparent concussion — early in the second quarter.

    — LB Paris Lenon made his first Rams start in place of David Vobora, who is
    serving a four-game suspension for being in violation of the NFL policy on
    performance-enhancing substances. According to press box stats, Lenon recorded
    two tackles.

    — Playing in their first games as Rams were DT Leger Douzable, WR Ruvell Martin
    and S Anthony Smith.


    Linebacker Larry Grant and defensive lineman C.J. Ah You recorded their first
    sacks as Rams in the first half. All told the Rams had a season-high four
    sacks. ... In honor of NFL breast cancer awareness week, several Rams players
    wore pink shoes or pink gloves Sunday. Jackson, TE Randy McMichael and LB Will
    Witherspoon wore pink gloves and shoes.