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  • Improvements?

    I didn't get to see the game, but I frequently checked my phone to see how the game was going. We were in the redzone at least 2 times if I'm not mistaken, all of them resulted in fumbles or whatever, and a field goal at one point.

    It looks like the offense was efficient today but couldn't get the job done in the redzone where, one could argue, matters the most.

    Looks like we held their high octane offense a lot, but also gave up huge chunks of yards.

    We sacked Favre, and JL had that interception.

    I know there's a ton of negatives, but there were certainly some improvements and we gotta be happy about that.

    P.S. I still think those older uniforms look better than our new ones, but that's just me.
    Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

  • #2
    Re: Improvements?

    I saw the game, the rams played well in the first half and had more yards than the Vikings. Take away the 3 fumbles and the rams go into the half leading, completely different game. I don't feel nearly as angry and depressed as i did after last week's game, the team is slowly improving and just needs an easy game to win and get their confidence up.


    • #3
      Re: Improvements?

      i like our chances against jacksonville if we keep fighting and limit the turnovers/penalties...we got one half of that done today, but we aren't good enough to have setbacks either way.


      • #4
        Re: Improvements?

        Originally posted by molar_pistol
        i like our chances against jacksonville if we keep fighting and limit the turnovers/penalties...we got one half of that done today, but we aren't good enough to have setbacks either way.
        only problem with that is they can't limit the penalties and turnovers, same thing week in and week out,it needs to stop.


        • #5
          Re: Improvements?

          i saw the game & saw nothing to be positive about this bad team


          • #6
            Re: Improvements?

            I like the way we moved the ball down the field far better than we have done before this year. It's a pity that we shot ourselves in the foot with the fumbles, but at least we got some drives going. I also like the fact that Bulger and Avery connected for our touchdown- hopefully, it's a sign of things to come. The offence can only get better.

            On the defence, I like the way we limited the consensus best running back in the league to 4.6 yards per carry. Green Bay somehow kept AP to 2.2 on Monday night, but our D was as effective as San Francisco's (4.5) in Week 3 and considerably better than both Cleveland's (7.2) and Detroit's (6.1). As we are missing Adam Carriker and much of a pass rush, it's encouraging that this young defensive unit is proving much better than many people expected. It's just a shame that they still give up big plays at crucial times, but they're young and will learn.

            We may be 0-5 but the first green shoots of recovery are clearly visible and, although it's going to take some time, the good times are on their way back.


            • #7
              Re: Improvements?

              I think a positive is simply that Peterson didn't just completely run over the defense.


              • #8
                Re: Improvements?

                I thought there were alot of positives about this game, It looked like Avery is finally healthy and made some nice plays ( he needs to knock off the endzone dance nonsense though ), Jlau had another nice game he was all over making tackles and got a pick, Witherspoon showed some life and actually got his name called on a few plays, Our d held Peterson under 100 yards, Bulger came in and threw a td pass, J. brown was opening up some holes for Sjax to run through, and our over paid kicker made a fg.

                there's probably more positives then i listed but that's what i saw, i spent my morning surfing all games ( Sunday ticket ) I drove to reno, nv on thurs. to play some football cards so i had to keep checking other games scores ( tb/phi going over 43.5 pts screwed me out of $4200)

                Sure there were also negatives the turnovers and penalties, but nontheless i believe a win is coming soon, we are definitly improving....
                let's hope it's next week...

                Go Rams.


                • #9
                  Re: Improvements?

                  I thought Keenan Burton looked solid in today's game. 5 catches for 42 yards and was denied a long would-be touchdown when the safety tipped the ball at the last millisecond.

                  Daniel Fells was also open often. Donnie Avery had 87 yards and a touchdown and showed some slick YAC moves.

                  Laurinaitis was flying all over the field again. Craig Dahl is a good tackler and brings the pain on some of his hits.

                  The offense had nearly 300 passing yards (only 1 sack allowed) and over 100 rushing yards against a stingy Vikings defense. This game simply came down to turnovers.


                  • #10
                    Re: Improvements?

                    The only thing missing in todays game (yes, I saw the game) was the sound effects from a three stooges movie. :|


                    • #11
                      Re: Improvements?

                      Originally posted by jcook
                      i saw the game & saw nothing to be positive about this bad team
                      If you saw nothing positive then you didnt watch the game.
                      How bout moving the ball down field no less then 5 times considerably better then any week before. Or how bout avery finally showing up to play. Maybe you missed our rookie linebackers first int. Or maybe you went to the bathroom when we held to best running back in the leauge under 100 yards.


                      • #12
                        Re: Improvements?

                        The only thing missing in todays game (yes, I saw the game) was the sound effects from a three stooges movie.
                        I usually stop myself from posting a reply that adds nothing of substance to a thread, but I have to say, that was one of the funniest posts I've read lately.
                        Clannie Nominee for ClanRam's Thickest Poster


                        • #13
                          Re: Improvements?

                          The run defense was solid, allowing the Vikes only 89 total rushing yards and a 3.7 average.

                          The OL did a respectable job in protection and gave the QB's some time to throw.

                          With the exception of the fumble, which was the result of a sloppy handoff, Jackson had a solid game.

                          Amendola is looking like a good addition.


                          • #14
                            Re: Improvements?

                            We should have won, or at least kept it very close. We played well enough to win, with the exception of the red zone turnovers.

                            The Vikings didn't beat us today. We beat ourselves.


                            • #15
                              Re: Improvements?

                              Originally posted by 01d 0rd3r
                              If you saw nothing positive then you didnt watch the game.
                              How bout moving the ball down field no less then 5 times considerably better then any week before. Or how bout avery finally showing up to play. Maybe you missed our rookie linebackers first int. Or maybe you went to the bathroom when we held to best running back in the leauge under 100 yards.
                              how many points did we get from those 5 drives down the field ?


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