The Rams made very few lineup changes before the game and very little changed for the Rams in Week 3. The Rams were blown out before the end of the first quarter and showed very fews signs of life in the other three. The Seahawks led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter while the Rams only had one first down in the quarter. However, immediately after that first down, Bulger was sacked and fumbled, which lead to the Seahawks first touchdown.
Steven Jackson got more carries and touches, highlighted by a 50 yard catch and run, but he stopped, started and stuttered to an only 2.86 yard per rush average. Jackson couldn’t do much with the few holes that were provided by the offensive line.
The Rams showed small improvement on offense in the second half, but it was far from enough to catch up with Seattle, which continued to score at will. Bulger was not accurate and he looked as tentative as usual in the pocket.
The Rams defense played awful against the pass, in what is becoming a troublesome trend in 2008. The rush defense did not play much better against the run. When they were able to stop Julius Jones a few times in the backfield, then were unable to wrap him up and he broke off a few long runs after first contact.
The best example of this was Julius Jones’s 29 yard touchdown run in which he was stopped behind the line, but he bounced around the left and ran untouched after that for a touchdown. The Seahawks were able to get first downs when they needed it with T.J. Duckett and Julius Jones. Tye Hill was demoted to nickel corner, and possibly needs to be demoted further as he was continually targeted by Matt Hasselback and the Seahawks offense.
On the limited bright side, the Rams were able to get a few firsts in 2008. The Rams got their first turnover when Michael Bumpus muffed a Donnie Jones punt, which the Rams recovered. In typical Rams offense fashion, they were unable to get a first down and were forced to kick a field goal. Additionally, the Rams were able to get into the red zone for the first time in the season. It is awful that it even took the Rams that long to even get inside the opponents 20 yard line.
The Rams are an embarrassment for the third week in a row and clearly something needs to change. The Rams cannot run the ball and cannot pass the ball. They cannot stop the run and cannot stop the pass. The Rams have no plan and have very little to build on for the future. They have a lame duck head coach and coaching staff. New owner Chip Rosenbloom promised changes if there was no improvement by the Rams, and this game is the epitome of no improvement.
In fact, the Rams may have gone backwards against their easiest opponent so far in 2008. The Rams have underachieved so far in 2008 it seems, but at what point is it underachieving and when is it that the Rams are really this bad?