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    Rams notebook: Jackson, Brown are stars for Rams
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/02/2009

    DETROIT Steven Jackson's rushing heroics and kicker Josh Brown's touchdown pass were the attention grabbers in the Rams' 17-10 victory Sunday over Detroit, and rightfully so.

    Jackson's 25-yard touchdown run snapped a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter, and Brown's 36-yard TD pass to Daniel Fells on a fake field goal in the second quarter accounted for the Rams' only other touchdown.

    But the Rams' defense did its part, limiting the Lions and play-caller Scott Linehan to 10 points and 289 yards offense. Both were the second-lowest totals yielded in those categories by the Rams this season.

    Linehan, the Lions' offensive coordinator and former Rams head coach, kept the visiting team off-balance early with several cutback running plays and screen passes. But the Rams adjusted, particularly on passes to Lions backs Kevin Smith, Maurice Morris and Aaron Brown.

    "We came out pressuring (the quarterback) a little bit," linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "I think when you pressure and they're able to get the back out on you, sometimes that can cause some problems. ... They hit us on a few things and we were able to adjust."

    With Lions wideout Calvin Johnson a pregame scratch because of a knee injury, the Rams' cornerbacks clamped down on Detroit's wide receivers. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was two for 14 to his receiver corps. One of them, a 36-yarder to former Arizona Cardinal Bryant Johnson early in the fourth quarter, set up the Lions' only touchdown.

    "Our corners played exceptionally well," said Laurinaitis, who had a team-high seven tackles.

    Defensive ends Leonard Little and Chris Long had sacks for the Rams. Long's sack was his first of the season. Little's sack came on third down late in the fourth quarter and forced a Lions punt that set up the Rams' game-winning touchdown drive.

    BUTLER'S MISCUE

    Not everything went well for the Rams' secondary. Its only takeaway of the day resulted in two points for the Lions. Safety James Butler intercepted a Stafford pass in the end zone early in the second quarter. Butler came out of the end zone, then reversed field and was tackled in the end zone by Smith for a safety.

    "I thought I could come out," Butler said. "I saw a clear lane. I made one (player) miss, but I didn't see the other guy from the other side. Next time I'll see him."

    It was the first safety allowed by the Rams since quarterback Marc Bulger was sacked in the end zone by Seahawks linebacker Orlando Huff on Dec. 14, 2003.

    INJURY UPDATE

    Wide receiver and return man Danny Amendola left early in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion after getting hammered on a kickoff return by Detroit linebacker Zach Follett. Brandon Gibson, who was acquired in the trade that sent linebacker Will Witherspoon to Philadelphia, replaced Amendola in three-wide receiver formations. Cornerback Quincy Butler took over punt return duties.

    About the same time that Amendola was injured, left guard Jacob Bell also left the game. The injury was announced as a pinched nerve, but coach Steve Spagnuolo said later that Bell probably suffered a concussion. Mark Setterstrom replaced Bell.

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

    Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Rams notebook: Jackson, Brown are stars for Rams
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    11/02/2009

    DETROIT Steven Jackson's rushing heroics and kicker Josh Brown's touchdown pass were the attention grabbers in the Rams' 17-10 victory Sunday over Detroit, and rightfully so.



    Jackson's 25-yard touchdown run snapped a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter, and Brown's 36-yard TD pass to Daniel Fells on a fake field goal in the second quarter accounted for the Rams' only other touchdown.
    Give Fells his due for not going down on the first tackle attempt on that fake field goal play. Without that stiff arm, we're looking at another red zone possession that might still end in a field goal.


    Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    With Lions wideout Calvin Johnson a pregame scratch because of a knee injury, the Rams' cornerbacks clamped down on Detroit's wide receivers. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was two for 14 to his receiver corps. One of them, a 36-yarder to former Arizona Cardinal Bryant Johnson early in the fourth quarter, set up the Lions' only touchdown.
    I have to admit I didn't even realize the Johnson they were throwing to wasn't Calvin. That would explain the drops.


    Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    BUTLER'S MISCUE

    Not everything went well for the Rams' secondary. Its only takeaway of the day resulted in two points for the Lions. Safety James Butler intercepted a Stafford pass in the end zone early in the second quarter. Butler came out of the end zone, then reversed field and was tackled in the end zone by Smith for a safety.

    "I thought I could come out," Butler said. "I saw a clear lane. I made one (player) miss, but I didn't see the other guy from the other side. Next time I'll see him."
    Wrong answer. If you ask me, he ought to be saying he knows better now and will take a knee if he gets an interception in the endzone with opposing players in the vicinity. Don't risk it trying to be a hero.

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      Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

      Originally posted by Goldenfleece View Post
      Wrong answer. If you ask me, he ought to be saying he knows better now and will take a knee if he gets an interception in the endzone with opposing players in the vicinity. Don't risk it trying to be a hero.
      Agreed, especially because coming out of the endzone instead of taking a knee was only a minor mistake. The bigger mistake was then back-tracking into the endzone. You should be taking a knee there 90% of the time. If you don't, don't dance around and re-enter the endzone!

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      • #4
        Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

        Danny Amendola left early in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion after getting hammered on a kickoff return
        Originally posted by the dictionary
        A-men-do-la [a-men-doh-luh], noun
        1. A former Texas Tech wide receiver who now plays for the St. Louis Rams.
        2. The sound made by a human body being run over by a freight train.
        That hit rocked Danny's unborn great grandchildren. I think I got a concussion just watching it.
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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        • #5
          Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

          Originally posted by HUbison View Post
          That hit rocked Danny's unborn great grandchildren. I think I got a concussion just watching it.
          Dude I had to get up and walk that hit off. Hardest hit i have seen all year.

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          • #6
            Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

            Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
            But the Rams' defense did its part, limiting the Lions and play-caller Scott Linehan to 10 points and 289 yards offense.
            Wrong. The defense held them to 8 points. Sloppy writing.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

              Originally posted by RebelYell View Post
              Wrong. The defense held them to 8 points. Sloppy writing.
              The safety was committed by our defense, so I think all 10 are on our D.

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                Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

                Well lets just say the defense held them to 8 points and gifted them 2 extra
                @EssexRam_

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                • #9
                  Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

                  Originally posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
                  Dude I had to get up and walk that hit off. Hardest hit i have seen all year.
                  That was a wicked hit and he held on to the ball. Amazing. :ram:
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                  • #10
                    Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

                    Looked a little 'helmet to helmet' from what I saw....
                    Last edited by UK Ramfan 83; -11-02-2009, 03:21 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rams Notebook: Jackson, Brown Are Stars For Rams

                      Originally posted by UK Ramfan 83 View Post
                      Looked a little helmet to helmet from I saw....
                      That was my first thought too. I was really surprised that he held onto the ball and that no flag was thrown. Hopefully he'll be alright with the extra weeks rest.
                      This space for rent...

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