The Rams played hard, but slowly began to come unraveled on defense in the 4th quarter and ultimately lost by less than a touchdown. The Rams had 4 such games in 2009 including a few come from ahead losses like the Rams week 1 2010 effort.
The Rams lost their week 6 game 23-20 in Jacksonville after going up late in the 4th quarter thanks to an all-world play by Leonard Little. The Rams came close against the future Super Bowl Champions, but ultimately did not have enough to win.
In week 1, the Rams were exposed in their wide receiver and cornerback depth, just like they were in 2009. The Rams in week 1 had James Butler, a safety (and not a great cover safety at that) playing nickel corner late in the game. The Rams in 2009 had Craig Dahl, a safety (and not a great cover safety at that) playing nickel corner late in games.
The Rams are starting a rookie quarterback in 2010 and obviously there will be growing pains and there is a lot of hope around what Sam Bradford can do for the Rams. Sam Bradford had a solid debut in which he was asked to throw 55 times.
So, obviously that is different than 2009. Sam Bradford played better than a lot of young (and even veteran) quarterbacks in week 1. The Rams and their fans are filled with hope about the quarterback position. But, we had hope about the quarterback position in 2009 at some points. Remember the 1/2 of a game in which Kyle Boller played really well?
After watching the Rams fall short in their first game in 2010, I was struck with a case of deja vu. We have seen this before over a span of one game. That is the most important part of this. We have seen the Rams play well for just 1 game.
In 2009, they were unable to build on the momentum they built up in any of their 4 “moral victories” or their 1 real victory. Can the Rams build on their “moral victory” in week 1? We will have to wait until next week.