The St. Louis Rams could be the most consistent franchise in the past decade; year in and year out the Rams consistently demonstrate the ability to let down their entire fan base – and in spectacular fashion.
Today, the Rams jumped out to an early 21-0 nothing leading against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. Austin Davis looked beyond impressive in the first half, while the defense not only kept Demarco Murray in check, but caused two huge turnovers; one of which was a Janoris Jenkins interception returned for a touchdown. Just before half the Cowboys put together two scoring drives and made it 21-10 going into half.
Then it happened.
The Cowboys made the correct adjustments after halftime and came out firing. Romo hit a wide open Dez Bryant for a 68 yard touchdown pass on what appeared to be blown coverage.
With 4 first rounders on the defensive line and enough depth to send pass rushing specialist Michael Sam on waivers, the Rams were expected to excel in the sack category. Through 3 games, that is not the case. Robert Quinn is still held sackless and back ups Eugene Sims/Williams Hayes are struggling to find consistency.
Romo marched down field again capping the drive with a 25 yard touchdown pass to second year receiver Terrence Williams. Followed immediately, Austin Davis then through an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Bruce Carter. The comeback was complete, but the Rams battled back and kept hope alive.
Davis took the Rams down field and finished with a perfect pass to Jared Cook in the endzone that was bobbled and dropped. Add in a few “iffy” penalties and couple it with a controversial decision by Fisher to go for it on 4 and inches instead of going for the guaranteed 3, and you have this week’s recipe for the Rams disaster.
Take aways from Week 3 Loss:
-There is no question that Austin Davis should be the starter for the rest of the season. He knows this offense, he can make almost all of the throws necessary, executes the play action pass perfectly, and gives off the aura of a leader.
-The defense under Gregg Williams is better at causing turn overs than last year and plays with swagger, but gives up too many big plays and fails to rack up sacks.
-Brian Schottenheimer called a good game and seems very comfortable with Austin Davis running his offense.
-Kenny Britt and Brian Quick are the best Rams starting WR duo since Bruce and Holt.
-Brian Quick has stepped it up this season and is a rare bright spot. Kudos to Fisher/Snead for their patience with him. It’s paying off.
-When will Mo Alexander and Tre Mason suit up? Mason needs to get some game action.
The bye week will gives the Rams time to look at themselves and decide how they want the rest of this season to play out. This team is talented enough to be in contention week in and week out, but immaturity and less then ideal coaching is holding them back. Penalties and turnovers shot the Rams in the foot today. With little margin for error, the Rams face another sub .500 season. How they finish will determine if personnel changes need to be made in the front office, as well as, down on the field. Kroenke will not tolerate losing or regression.