Rams play tricks on the faithful each week

Rams play tricks on the faithful each week

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St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long hangs his head during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in St. Louis. The 49ers won 34-27. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

FootballStL

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

(FootballStL) -- The same thing can be said about almost every St. Louis Rams game this season...”I thought they were in it for a bit, but then all of a sudden they were way out of it.”

For example, the Rams took an early lead on a 47-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but down 20-10 at halftime.  In Week 2, the Rams were down 7-6 after the first quarter and then 21-6 by halftime against the New York Giants. In Week 13, the Rams were down only 9-0 to the division-rival San Francisco 49ers after the first half, but were walloped 26-0 by the end of the game. 

...And now take it to the present week...the Rams took a 7-0 lead against the 49ers in the final game of the year on Sunday and by halftime it was 20-7.  Then the Rams surged a near fourth quarter comeback, but only to let it slip away again to the final tune of 34-27.

Every time I want to believe they can pull a win out, they make me look crazy but not as crazy as they looked when the 49ers scored a touchdown on a fake field goal in the third quarter on Sunday.

As a fan, I found this joke that the Rams play each week to be frustrating.  If you look at the big picture, it can be said for each of the seasons too.

In 2009, a new head coach named Steve Spagnuolo took over and created buzz at the Edward Jones Dome, but the team finished 1-15.  Then in 2010, the Rams barely missed making the playoffs with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.  And then expectations were high on the Rams to make the playoffs in 2011, but managed to win a whopping two games.

The two wins in 2011 also led to another fake...thinking that the Rams at least won the rights to select first in the 2012 NFL Draft.  But unfortunately the Indianapolis Colts were just as bad and held the tie-breaker against the Rams for the top pick for the draft.

Here’s to hoping that the 2012 Rams won’t play with the hearts of their fans!

by Scott Bierman, FootballStL

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