The Rams were down 7-0 before most of the Edward Jones Dome could get into their seats as Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith for a 74-yard touchdown on their 2nd play from scrimmage. Cornerback Justin King was burned on that play and then was burned on another two long touchdowns to Torrey Smith, all of which were in the 1st quarter. They were from 41 and 18 yards for the next two TDs. The supposedly tough Rams defense allowed 400 yards of offense in the 1st half to the Ravens.
The Rams offense did not have any more success in the 1st half. Sam Bradford had only 17 yards passing and 1 interception. The Rams total offense was 81 yards in the 1st half. Sam Bradford was bewildered by what the Ravens defense were throwing at the Rams offense. The half time score was 27-0.
The Rams defense was continually exploited on screens and behind the blitz as Joe Flacco calmly found the open player. And that player was usually Ray Rice, the Ravens best player who broke multiple tackles every time he touched the ball. However, by the time the Ravens had gone up 21-0 on the Torrey Smith touchdowns, the damage had been done and the Rams could not get up off the turf. The Ravens smelled the wounded Rams and they did not take their foot off the gas. (To mix metaphors here)
Plain and simple, the Ravens are more talented, better coached and executed better on Sunday. The Rams lack of depth in the defensive backfield hurt them terribly as Justin King was forced to play 10 yards off Anquan Boldin in the 2nd half to prevent getting burned deep. And Anquan Boldin is not fast.
Yet again, the Rams highly paid offensive line played like 2nd stringers as the Ravens defensive line beat them on every play. The Ravens defensive line is impressive, especially when they blitz, but the Rams offensive line was more frequently chasing their assignment than blocking them.
The icing on the cake was in the 4th quarter when Sam Bradford was stripped by Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata jogged into the end zone for the easy touchdown. That made it 3 weeks in a row that the Rams allowed the opposing defense to score a touchdown. The Rams offense has scored as many touchdowns as the opposing defenses have in 3 games. That is really a frighteningly terrible stat to start the season.
At this point, it is hard to repeat the same thing about the Rams week after week. They aren’t competitive against the better teams in the league; we have no idea how they will play against the weaker teams, but there is no sign that it is going to get any better. Their only chance to win is to play a much weaker opponent. And that’s not guarantee of wins either as the Rams have helped beat themselves in all three games. The Rams are as bad this year as they have been over the past 5 years and it does not look like it is going to get better with the Redskins, Cowboys and Packers on the schedule for the next 3 games. At this point, it looks like another very long season for Rams fans.