Savard: Early mistakes doom Rams in Atlanta

Savard: Early mistakes doom Rams in Atlanta

Credit: AP Photo

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) blocks a pass attempt by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Print
Email
|

by Steve Savard / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

(FootballStL) - Too many early mistakes led to a 24-3 deficit and that was too much to overcome even though the Rams showed more guts by fighting back again.

Special teams penalties continue to plague the Rams. They committed four on punt returns alone, which hurt the team in field position. The punt return unit is a big disappointment through two games.

The cornerback play was poor in the first half but did improve later; but by then the damage was done. The interception return for a touchdown was the difference in the game. That ball needs to be caught by Daryl Richardson.

There are some positives aside from the comeback. Start with the offensive line-they did not allow a sack for the fourth straight game, dating back to last season. The 55 pass attempts without a sack are the most in franchise history. Austin Pettis had his best game in the NFL and Tavon Austin scored two touchdowns. However, Jared Cook was non-factor after being dominant last week.

The defense improved greatly in the second half, but gave up an 80 yard touchdown drive that killed momentum.

Looks like Rodger Saffold might miss three to four weeks with a knee injury.

About to fly home on the charter, you can catch D'Marco Farr and me on the Jeff Fisher show Monday at 7:00 p.m. on 101 ESPN.

Print
Email
|