The Rams started off great. Two early interceptions off of Tarvaris Jackson and a first quarter 30 yard TD pass from Bradford to Lloyd gave the Rams a 7 pointLynclead. The scoring stopped there, as the Seattle defense effectively halted the Rams offensive attack. Bradford’s performance went way down hill after the first few drives. He finished the day completing just half of his 40 attempts and turning the ball over 3 times. The offensive line didn’t give him much help, but his awareness of the pass rush certainly didn’t help him at all. The true key to the Rams offensive lapse was that Steven Jackson wasn’t able to carry the whole load on his back. After 3 straight games of 125 yards on the ground, he could only manage 42 yards as Seattle effectively bottled him up. Brandon Lloyd continued to be a bright spot as once again he was the leading receiver on the team.
The defense started effectively with two early turnovers, but struggled to slow down Marshawn Lynch. The Rams ended up giving up two rushing touchdowns, both in the second half. They didn’t allow Tarvaris Jackson to torch them, but Jackson certainly isn’t one of the best quarterbacks in the league. St. Louis seemed to start to turn around their season with wins in 2 of their last 3, with the only loss coming in overtime. They really didn’t show much promise on Sunday as Seattle dominated much of the game.
Next up is Arizona who had nearly an identical scoring line on Sunday against San Francisco. The two teams met just 2 weeks earlier as the game went into overtime. Patrick Peterson was the x-factor in that game as he had an interception and the game winning punt return for a TD in OT. John Skelton started his first game of the seaon in that game, and followed it with a very solid performance over the Eagles. He looked down right terrible versus the Niners, and even ended up pulled before the contest was over. Kevin Kolb may be available, so if he is healthy enough he will get the start. However, if he once again can’t go, Skelton will get another start, but may have a shorter leash. Beanie Wells continues to be hampered by injuries, but is starting to gain some of his explosiveness back. He should be much more of a factor with the passing game sputtering recently. The Cards defense has been one of the worst in the league, so the Rams have a chance to rebound from their poor offensive performance on Sunday. Expect Steven Jackson to rebound in a big way. The battle for the third best team in the division will Sunday at 1.