The St. Louis Rams lost their home opener in 2008 to drop their season record to 0-2. The Rams again could not get their offense on the same page and could not stop the Giants when they needed to. The Giants tagged on two late 4th quarter touchdowns to make the final score 41-13.
The Rams offensive line could not contain or control the vaunted defensive line of the Giants and the Rams could not stop the Giants running backs or receivers. The Rams defense for the second time in as many weeks gave up over 400 yards offense. It is difficult to win on any Sunday when giving up 400 yards of offense, but nearly impossible when the Rams only put up 201 yards of offense.
The offense sputtered again for the second straight week with pass protection and gave up 6 sacks to a Giants defensive line without Osi Umenyiora. The interior of the Rams line could not handle the speed or strength of Justin Tuck and Fred Robbins, who each had two sacks. Justin Tuck also added an interception and touchdown when he batted down a pass and caught it after to bounced back to him off of Adam Goldberg, who could not contain Tuck all day.
The Rams pulled within a touchdown at half and then again in the fourth quarter when Torry Holt made an impossible touchdown catch on his back after the football was batted up in the air. Another high point for the Rams was Chris Long’s first NFL sack. Chris split a double team and brought down Eli Manning to force a punt. However, the low-lights out numbered the highlights for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams week 2 effort will draw more comparisons between their 2007 effort as the Rams hung tough in the first half but were blown out in the 2nd half. The Rams will now have to bounce back and try to turn around a already rough season in Week 3 against division rivals Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field.