Puhaha. Wah! Puhaha! Wah! Rams lose to the newly crowned NFC West division champions, 49ers, 0-26.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Right now it’s back and forth between conflicting emotions. Laugh because it’s utterly ridiculous how bad the Rams are and cry because it’s just so sad for the other Rams fans today.
Just a few quick thoughts:
-Actually the Rams defense held up okay in the first quarter and kept 49ers RB Frank Gore in check.
Frank Gore got the ball 21 times and ran for 73 yards. Pretty decent considering what the Rams have been giving up in previous weeks.
I think the defense did what it could for as long as it could. But with the offense only able to stay on the field for 24 minutes what can the defense do? I told you it was going to be a test of cardiovascular endurance.
-The numbers don’t lie and sometimes (a lot of the times) truth hurts.
Pro Football Talk’s Gregg Rosenthal tweeted:
I don’t even know what to say about that statistic! How do you not even break the opponent’s 45-yard line?
-Jerious Norwood (11 carries) and Steven Jackson (10 carries) both ran for only NINETEEN yards each. Granted the 49ers have the number one rushing defense but c’mon! Steven Jackson has to be utilized in other ways if he’s not having success pounding the ball. (He had one reception for 11 yards from one target.)
The Rams as a TEAM ran for a grand total of 31 yards. But 19 + 19 = 38. Brit Miller (-1) and Austin Pettis (-6) ran for -7 yards.
I’ll have to torture myself and go back to watch the game in its entirety. Check back for more tomorrow.
Until then here are some “positive” notes via the Rams:
- DE Chris Long notched two sacks in the first half of play, to give him 12.0 for the season, 29.5 career. Coming into today’s game, Long was tied for fifth most sacks in the NFL and the NFC.
- Long’s last two-sack game came against San Diego (10/17/10). Long had a three-sack game earlier in the season against New Orleans (10/30/11).
- Long has now recorded a sack in six consecutive games, the streak started Week 8 vs. New Orleans and is a new career long.
- According to press box statistics, Long also recorded three solo tackles, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits.
- DE James Hall tallied his fifth (5) sack of the season, 62.0 for his career, with a takedown of Smith in the third quarter. Hall ranks third among Rams’ in sacks this season.
- According to press box statistics, Hall also tallied three solo tackles, two tackles for loss and one hit on the quarterback.
- LB James Laurinaitis sacked Smith in the second quarter for an 8-yard loss, marks his second sack of the season, seventh (7) career.
- According to press box statistics, Laurinaitis split the team lead in tackles with Craig Dahl, each credited with 12 (10 solo). Dahl was also brought in one forced fumble.
- RB Steven Jackson rushed 10 times for 19 yards, and caught one pass for 11 yards to bring his career all-purpose yards to 11,691, just 16 yards shy of tying Henry Ellard for third in team history.
- QB A.J. Feeley made his third start of the season, completing 12-of-22 attempts for 156 yards.
- WR Brandon Gibson led the team in receptions and receiving yards with four for 42 yards, a 10.5-yard average.
- P Donnie Jones punted eight times for 317 yards, a 39.6-yard average, 37.3-yard net. Tallied a long of 49 yards and placed one inside the 20.
Even this made me reach for the tissue box. And these were supposed to be positive notes. Wah!