The Rams got their 4th straight game off on the wrong foot as the Redskins dominated the Rams lackluster offense and struggling defense. Rex Grossman was able to beat the Rams blitz for a short touchdown early to Santana Moss. The Rams were predictable in selling out to stop the run and the Redskins knew that ahead of time and ran play-action bootlegs with great success early on. The Rams adjusted, blitzing from the back side and the Redskins were able to capitalize running the football on the edge. The Redskins then scored as many points that they needed for the whole game with a TD run by Ryan Torain. The same Ryan Torain who had not had zero rush attempts in 2011 prior to this week.
The Rams receivers added 6 drops to their league leading total including two touchdown drops by TE Lance Kendricks and the Rams non-receivers on the offense did their best to kill each drive with penalties. The Rams even got the ball at the Washington 19 yard line down 7 points with a chance to tie the game, but the Rams went backwards on a penalty and two sacks. Even when Washington was trying to give the game away, the Rams could not accept it. The Rams got 0 points from that drive.
That spelled the other problem with the Rams offense, the porous offensive line. They allowed 7 sacks to the Redskins and many other hits, knockdowns and batted passes. Sam Bradford ended the game, dazed and battered. When the Rams offensive line didn’t let the Redskins get to Bradford, they held or grabbed facemasks to prevent the sack. After a while, Sam Bradford was so shell-shocked, he went into the turtle position when the rush got close.
Really, this was simply an out and out failure by the Rams on offense, defense, special teams and coaching with an exception for about 5 minutes of game time. Every phase of the Rams team took the game off until something clicked halfway through the 4th quarter, but it still was not enough for the Rams to win a game despite a few late opportunities.
The Rams were booed lustily early and often by the Rams fans that decided to make their Sunday worse by heading over to the Edward Jones Dome to watch the Rams embarrass themselves and everyone wearing blue and gold. The masochist fans that stayed all the way to the end of the game saw the Rams make a game of it, but fall short in the end through mistakes, penalties and bad plays.
Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo has said over and over again that he has built his team to run the ball and stop the run. Spagnuolo, as a defensive guy saw his defense give up 196 rushing yards. Spagnuolo saw his offense and Steven Jackson run for only 45 yards on 17 carries. The fact that the Rams sell out on defense to stop the run and still give up 196 yards does not reflect well on the coaching staff.