The St. Louis Rams were pounded into the ground by the Arizona Cardinals in a very frustrating afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals were able to do anything they wanted on offense in the first half, and that was all the points they needed to defeat the punch-less St. Louis Rams. For the second week in a row, the Rams staged a frantic, 4th quarter comeback and for the second week in a row, it fell short. The Rams were ineffective on offense, even though Steven Jackson ran for over 100 yards. However, that number was buoyed by one 48 yard run where Jackson was pushed out of bounds at the 5 yard line.
The Rams played well in their first win against the Detroit Lions and played the top-flight New Orleans Saints tough down to the final whistle, but played very flat against the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams were quickly in the red zone at the start of the game as Beanie Well fumbled a toss from Kurt Warner. The Rams failed to move the football and settled for a field goal. The Rams didn’t visit the red zone again until late in the 3rd quarter when the Rams opted for a field goal on 4th and goal from the 2 yard line. However, the desperate Rams were able to score a touchdown in the 4th quarter on a 1 yard Steven Jackson run after a daring Danny Amendola catch on 4th and long.
The Rams frantic comeback came to an end after the Rams called two fade passes to the corner of the end zone. The first one was well defensed by Adrian Wilson on Brandon Gibson. The second one was to Donnie Avery who is not known for his height, strength or leaping ability. The oddness of the call was obvious to all the paying patrons of the dome who rained boos down on their home team.
The Cardinals did not even need to force quarterback Kurt Warner back into the game in the second half as the 21 points they scored in the first half was enough. The Rams knocked out Kurt Warner near the end of the first half with a potential head injury. The Cardinals were not even close to the same team with Matt Leinart in at quarterback. Leinart’s only success was avoiding a sack and completing a pass on 3rd and 4 to end the Rams chances on a crucial pass to Early Doucet.
There is no way the Rams should have even kept the game close against the Cardinals, but without Warner the Cardinals folded up their tent and successfully ran out the clock on the overwhelmed St. Louis Rams. The Rams offense only moved the ball against the Cardinals prevent defense and their struggles in the red zone continued. Field goals and too little too late touchdowns are not enough to beat even one half of the Kurt Warner Cardinals.