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    OK, the Rams survived their worst defensive effort of the season. My take....the Gods are watching out for us. What better place all season for the Rams defense to have a bad game but in Carolina? Couldn't have happened at a better time. Lovie Smith now makes Polley a starter (good move) and makes a very important statement to his team. No excuses ! That's right, no excuses about an injured secondary, a tired team after an emotional Monday night victory. Bull ! He doesn't buy it and he won't let his players either.

    What unbelievable timing for this wake up call. Look for the Rams defense to swarm the Colts on Sunday. Look for some intensity from the defensive side of the ball from the Rams for the last two games of the regular season. Then look for a totally healthy unit to come into the playoffs with one very important lesson learned, you can't let up.

    You tell, me, are the football Gods watching over the Rams this year or what?

    Warner, healthy. Faulk, healthy. Receivers, healthy. Line, healthy. Secondary, almost back to 100%. Two indoor games left, both at home, both against losing teams with not much to play for. Oh yeah, and did I mention, AZ Hakim will no longer be returning punts, finally.

    Unless, for some reason, the football Gods turn against St. Louis, it looks really quite good for another super bowl opportunity.

    If nothing else, we've had another great year to watch and we've got lots to look forward to.

    GO RAMS, beat the Colts and win it all !

    RAMSPUD



    :lid:

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  • mxbrian
    Defense Rests !???!
    by mxbrian
    OK, the Rams survived their worst defensive effort of the season. My take....the Gods are watching out for us. What better place all season for the Rams defense to have a bad game but in Carolina? Couldn't have happened at a better time. Lovie Smith now makes Polley a starter (good move) and makes a very important statement to his team. No excuses ! That's right, no excuses about an injured secondary, a tired team after an emotional Monday night victory. Bull ! He doesn't buy it and he won't let his players either.

    What unbelievable timing for this wake up call. Look for the Rams defense to swarm the Colts on Sunday. Look for some intensity from the defensive side of the ball from the Rams for the last two games of the regular season. Then look for a totally healthy unit to come into the playoffs with one very important lesson learned, you can't let up.

    You tell, me, are the football Gods watching over the Rams this year or what?

    Warner, healthy. Faulk, healthy. Receivers, healthy. Line, healthy. Secondary, almost back to 100%. Two indoor games left, both at home, both against losing teams with not much to play for. Oh yeah, and did I mention, AZ Hakim will no longer be returning punts, finally.

    Unless, for some reason, the football Gods turn against St. Louis, it looks really quite good for another super bowl opportunity.

    If nothing else, we've had another great year to watch and we've got lots to look forward to.

    GO RAMS, beat the Colts and win it all !

    RAMSPUD:lid:
    -12-28-2001, 10:50 PM
  • eldfan
    I'm afraid!!!
    by eldfan
    The Saint put up 62 and it's the start of the 4 wow. The rams need to run alot of Jackson next week shorten the game hope it's not going to be that bad.
    -10-23-2011, 08:04 PM
  • AvengerRam_old
    Start to Season Familiar - Can The Rams Turn it Around Again?
    by AvengerRam_old
    Three games.

    One closer than it should have been win against a team the Rams should beat.

    One loss in which the team looked really bad.

    One heartbreaking loss in a game the team should have won.

    Sound familiar? I could be talking about the start of 2003 or 2004, couldn't I? Category 1 could be the home game against San Fran last year, or the game against Arizona. Category 2 could be the Falcon game or the Giant game. Category 3 could be the Saints debacle or the one against the Seahawks last year.

    My optimistic side tells me that, if the Rams could turn it around last year, they could do it again this year.

    But I must admit I have my doubts.

    Last year, the Rams were able to overcome the mistakes that their high risk/high reward offense is likely to have with an opportunistic defense that lead the league in turnovers. This year, the Rams have gone over 12 quarters without forcing a turnover.

    Last year, the Rams had a more favorable schedule. This year, the second half of the season will be a beast.

    But I'm not giving up hope.

    I still think this team has enough talent to come together and make a playoff run. Well... at least I hope it does.
    -09-27-2004, 07:52 AM
  • Bralidore(RAMMODE)
    Domination or Passable?
    by Bralidore(RAMMODE)
    Which would you rather do: Dominate on one side of the ball, be it offense or defense, or be average on both sides of the ball.

    :helmet:
    I prefer domination on one side of the ball
    70.59%
    24
    I prefer balance on both sides of the ball
    29.41%
    10
    -01-31-2010, 04:11 PM
  • SwingOnDeez
    How to Beat the Colts
    by SwingOnDeez
    What I see for Monday Night is a next-to impossible situation for the Rams:

    A solid offense and a poor defense (Rams)
    vs.
    A great offense and a solid defense (Colts)

    I say "solid defense" for the Colts just to be safe. Some would say that the 29 points we've given up in 5 games means that we're far better on defense than merely "solid," but I'll be conservative.

    So....

    This game is not impossible for the Rams, just darn close.

    In my humble estimation, the following must occur for the Rams to win:

    1) The Rams must get ahead early and make the Colts come from behind. "Duh," you may say, but seriously, you can't play catch-up against the Colts. Our D is good enough to slow you down, and our running and short passing games are good enough to keep the clock running.

    Furthermore, if you're behind, you must pass. Then Mr. Freeney comes to town. (FYI, Robert Mathis, our other speed rushing end has more sacks than Freeney). Getting yourselves into obvious passing situations is dangerous, because we have the best 4-man pass rush in the game. Bulger will have some passing yards, but they can't be in a comeback effort, or there's no hope.

    2) Bring your defense up and force Peyton to beat you long. No one has done this yet, and Edge has eaten defenses alive. Everyone plays bump the WR's, then get BACK. No one seems to notice Peyton's problem of overthowing receivers on long routes. They see the Indy offense and the great WR's and think that you have to allow the short pass and the run to take away the deep ball. I'd send the house and make Peyton throw long. He can self-destruct.

    3) Don't get forced into stupid turnovers. The Colts Defense is not the stiffling, pound you into the ground, iron monster that other successful defenses have been. The Colts have speed, and they force preventable turnovers. Take the sack, throw out of bounds, get down instead of risking a fumble. Our linebackers are STILL mediocre. Cato June has 2 INTS and 2 TD's. You can't tell me he's a Pro Bowler, but yet, offenses are making him look like he is. Granted, you have to take risks to beat a better team, but if Bulger can just get through the gae without throwing a stupid interception or putting the ball on the ground, he will GREATLY increase the Ram's chances.

    4) Don't miss field goals. Enough Said.

    5) Don't onside kick. The Titans and 49'ers thought this would be a good idea. It's not. All it does is tell your players, "Well boys, we have no chance of stopping them, so let's just throw in all our chips now and get out of here early."

    6) Throw Deep. Particularly if one side of our secondary is Jason David and Mike Doss, we aren't a shut-down secondary. Why the hell haven't the 1st 5 teams thrown deep on these guys? Challenge them. They will screw...
    -10-16-2005, 06:25 PM
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