The Rams used their national TV showcase on ESPN to show off their mistakes, missed opportunities, penalties and downright terrible football. As Rams fans, I’m not sure why we do this to ourselves, because this was down-right embarrassing. When the Rams are on national TV, I usually have one request of the Rams who have ruined so many of my Sundays…”Please don’t embarrass us.”. And the Rams did not honor my request by a long shot. The Rams will continue to be a laughingstock and a backwater NFL destination as long as they beat themselves every week.
The Rams were 0 for 3 for touchdowns in their first 3 trips into the red zone, including a first and goal from the 1 yard line. They settled for 3 short field goals and short field goals do not win games. The Rams receivers failed to get open in the short field and the Rams offensive line failed to get push against the impressive Giants defensive line. The Rams finally getting a 20 yard TD pass from Sam Bradford to Danario Alexander on the fourth trip to the red zone as the 3rd quarter was winding to a close.
For the second week in a row, the Rams made a crucial mistake that the opposing defense walked in for a touchdown. This week it was a backwards pass that was dropped by Cadillac Williams. While the Rams stood around, assuming the ball was dead (and I screamed at my TV) – the Giants picked up the ball and scored an easy touchdown.
The Rams mistakes were not limited to the offensive side of the ball as the Rams defense did their part as well. Safety Craig Dahl was beaten badly on a deep touchdown as he never saw the football even as the Giants receiver was tipping the ball to himself for an acrobatic TD. Dahl was lucky to avoid a touchdown or penalty on a previous long pass downfield. Additionally, there was another mix-up between Al Harris and Quintin Mikell on coverage that should have gone for a touchdown, but was instead bobbled and caught for a long pass play. The Giants also picked frequently on Justin King, who committed 2 penalties to extend Giants drives.
For the 2nd week in a row, the Rams were faced with adversity as they shot themselves in the foot and the other team scored an early defensive touchdown. For the second week in a row and in far more games than I can count over the past 6 years, the Rams failed to get off the turf when the other team knocked them down. The Monday Night Football crew showed a stat that said that the St. Louis Rams have lost their last 43 or so games in which they were trailing going into the 4th quarter. That stat transcends coaching staffs, and almost every player on the Rams current roster. What is it then that is causing the Rams failure to come back for a win? Is it the helmets? Is it the uniforms? How could such a culture of losing permeate a franchise? I have no idea what the answers to these questions are and from the play on the field, neither do the Rams.
Another disappointing all around loss by the Rams, full of mistakes and the more things change with the Rams, the more they stay the same. I will attempt to keep the words of Ken Norton Jr. off this blog, but on nights like this, it is hard to go in any other direction.