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Rams crunch cardinals 20-12; The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Rams held on for a very hard fought 20-12 divisional road win against a pesky arizona team that hang around all game thanks in material part to some very strong red zone Rams defense and three huge Rams blunders. We have all agreed countless times that there are no style points in the NFL and despite a number of real problems today and room for improvement, the Rams got it done and improved their record to 2-1 with the whiners up next. The Rams dominated this game early and should have had a huge lead, but a couple of dropped td passes on perfect throws kept arizona in the game at halftime with the Rams leading 13-6. The Rams played just well enough to win today and obviously will have to play a lot better to beat better and better teams but for tonight, given how decimated the squad is by injuries right now, we should all feel very good about the road win and happy about how some of our young players have stepped up and contributed in material ways. Putting teams away as the season moves on is certainly a trait that the squad needs to develop as for the second week in a row, the game was much closer than it should have been.

The Good

I thought Stafford played very well today. He was 18-25-249 for a rating of 103.6. Was sacked once and importantly, threw no interceptions. The numbers should have looked a lot better given the two brutal drops for clear tds (see below), but he made the throws when he had to and he obviously benefitted from a much improved second half running game which allowed him to use some play action effectively. He had a HUGE 3rd and 4 run for a first down to keep a drive alive and some great throws to kupp (early and then a huge third down late), higbee (all game, 4-61), robinson 2-23 and once again skowronek (4-66). He also had a great read and throw to blanton for 28 yards and set up some very nice screens. Those side arms throws when he is in trouble are simply a thing of beauty and so much harder to execute than they look. His read and 30 yard throw late to Skowronek should have put the game away, if not for the ridiculous goal line fumble (see below). Still room for improvement (see below), but a solid game that got the job done for the squad.

Hoecht blocked a punt on the first arizona drive to set us up on the arizona 30 yard line (we only managed a field goal)
Ramsey played very well today, had a tackle for loss on a big third down, broke up 2 or 3 passes, showed real leadership with all the young guys in the secondary due to all the injuries.
Skowronek is proving to be a very valuable role player, a true swiss army knife. In addition to leading the Rams in receiving yards (now THAT is a shocker), he had the key block on the akers td run and has shown the ability to be sure handed catching the ball, getting to open spots and really blocking very very well.
On defense, we kept arizona out of the end zone all game, donald was terrific (got his 100th...
 

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