ATLANTA (FootballStL) - The Rams were given some trouble in Week 1 by the Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald. They were given a nightmare in Week 2 by the Falcons Julio Jones.
The former first round pick out of Alabama just tormented the Rams secondary by catching 11 balls for a career high 182 yards and an 81-yard touchdown.
The main person victimized by Jones was cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The second year player out of Florida was the player burned for the long touchdown reception.
"You just have to compete and not give him anything, make him earn everything. I gave him that out and up (for the touchdown) but everything else fine. You just have to play ball," Jenkins said.
But was he expected help over the top from teammate Rodney McLeod on that long touchdown?
"Middle field safety help, of course, but I can't blame that on my safety. I got to play better," Jenkins said.
"He's up there in the elite tier of receivers in this league," defensive end Chris Long said of Jones. "He's special and he'll be special for a long time. And that's going to happen. You're going to give up some plays to great players in this league but you got to rally and you can't give them anything.”
With former Rams running back Steven Jackson banged up by a thigh injury the Falcons had little to no success on the ground. QB Matt Ryan was forced to go to the air early and often as a result. He threw for 374 yards and two scores.