St. Louis had no answer for the Ravens Sunday as they fell 37-7 in front crowd. Bradford had little or no time throughout the entire first half as the Ravens pass rush was relentless. At the end the day Bradford had been sacked 5 times and hurried several more. The defense didn’t fare any better as they gave up a Baltimore record 553 total yards.
It started quickly for the Ravens as rookie wideout Torrey Smith torched CB Justin King for three scores in the first quarter. Smith, making his first career start, had no trouble exploiting the Rams injury riddled secondary with his elite speed.
It could have been a lot worse for the Ram’s however, as the Ravens settled for a few field goals on later red zone trips, and only scored one more touchdown on a fumble return by NT Haloti Ngata. The lone bright spot for the Rams came on perfect 34 yard pass from Bradford to WR Brandon Gibson just over the outstretched hands of CB Cary Williams for the only score of their day.
Key injuries continue to cripple St. Louis. Number one receiver Danny Amendola was inactive as he continues to nurse an elbow injury. Steven Jackson played, but rushed just four times as he still is suffering from a quad injury. Perhaps the biggest loss was Ron Bartell whose absence forced Justin King into the fire. Torrey Smith had no problem against the former fourth round pick as he went off for 155 yards to go along with 3 touchdowns in his debut.
The Rams have had a very tough schedule to start the season, facing some of the leagues best teams in each of the first 3 weeks. Week 4 may not be any easier as they face the surprising Washington Redskins back at home again. Washington is off to a 2-0 start and face the Cowboys tonight in Dallas. St. Louis will be looking for their first win of the season.