Posted on October 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM
Monday, Oct 29 at 9:24 AM
LONDON (FootballStL) -- Cortland Finnegan said it best after Sunday's Rams/Patriots debacle at Wembley Stadium. He told me until the Rams can find a way to play with the best of the league like the Pats, they can't consider themselves a good football team.
When the Rams were sitting pretty at 3-2 and everyone was all excited about beating the likes of the Redskins and the Seahawks and the Cardinals it was fun to think of all the possibilities for this season. But that's the thing. They had only beaten the Redskins, Seahawks and Cardinals.
Then along came the Packers. And the Patriots. Teams with elite talent. Teams with elite quarterbacks.
A Rams defense that has been ranked in the top 10 this season has been absolutely shredded by Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in consecutive weeks.
473 yards of total offense to New England? Letting those guys go 7-12 on 3rd down conversions? Surrendering 7.2 yards per play?
These are not the same old Rams that limp from week to week hardly ever being competitive. But let's not get ahead of ourselves thinking this is a playoff bound club that's close to challenging for a Super Bowl. They're mediocre at best. And that's fine considering where they've come from. But just because they've won a couple games doesn't mean you start moving them ahead at a faster pace than they're ready for.
Chris Long told me they made Tom Brady look like Tom Brady and then some. And he's right. 23/35 for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns. It doesn't get much better than that stat wise for a QB. The problem was they made everyone look like a star for New England. Stevan Ridley ran for 127 yards on just 15 attempts. Rob Gronkowski caught eight balls for 146 yards and a pair of TDs.
CB Janoris Jenkins got torched on multiple occasions. Safety Craig Dahl looked pretty foolish at times. Cortland Finnegan made a few really nice plays but he can't do it alone.
The Rams - and many others - thought this was what could have been considered a good football team just a couple weeks ago. Losing 45-7 can humble you really quickly.
And as Finnegan said, until they can play with the best, they can't be considered a good football team.