The Rams kept coming and kept fighting the Arizona Cardinals until their was no time left on the clock in the 4th quarter and they fell short as Sam Bradford’s Hail Mary attempt was intercepted in a forest of Arizona Cardinals defenders. It was a moral victory for the Rams, but with yet another game available for the taking, the Rams did not have enough on offense, defense and special teams to win the game.
Kicker Josh Brown had his first field goal attempt blocked and the Rams were gouged by the Cardinals kickoff returns at every chance. The Rams defense came up with a huge strip sack of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson and defensive tackle Clifton Ryan was rumbling into the endzone and was stripped by Arizona wide receiver Steve Breaston inside the 10 yard line and the Cardinals recovered for a touchback. The Rams left 10 points on the field with just those two plays alone.
The Rams had two chances in the last 5 minutes to win the game and both times the Rams scuffled on the Cardinals side of the field with two desperation heaves that were turned into interceptions. With a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start in his first regular season NFL game and a 2nd year head coach who has not had practice with too many late game two minute drills, the Rams showed their inexperience. The Rams wasted time, dropped passes and were not able to pick apart the Arizona Cardinals prevent defense.
With Sam Bradford making his first NFL start and throwing the ball over 50 times, the Rams should be happy with their moral victory. They came close, but just ran out of time. However, the Rams fans are sick of moral victories and would start to like seeing victories of the real kind very soon. And the Arizona Cardinals put this game on a platter for the Rams and they were unable to capitalize. The Rams missed an opportunity to make themselves a story in the insanity after week 1 and they missed their opportunities.
The Rams did not have enough on offense, defense, special teams or coaching staff to win the home opener against a vulnerable but talented Arizona Cardinals team. The Rams are still very young with a 2nd year head coach. They have room to grow in the NFL and this will be a great lesson and moral victory. But, I’m tired of lessons and moral victories.