Savard: Bad times continue to plague Rams in Dallas

Savard: Bad times continue to plague Rams in Dallas

Savard: Bad times continue to plague Rams in Dallas

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by Steve Savard/ FootballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

(FootballSTL) -- It was just like old times. Bad times that is. Today’s 31 to 7 beat down was eerily similar to the Rams’ 34 to 7 loss here in Dallas in 2011. And that’s bothersome because this team isn’t supposed to resemble in any way Steve Spagnuolo’s last team.

The Rams were awful in all three phases. The offense was inept. The Cowboys set the tone on the opening possession by harassing Sam Bradford and forcing a three and out. The Rams were 1 for 13 in third down conversions. That’s because they were equally brutal on first downs. And the offensive line was dominated by the Dallas front seven.

The defense got shredded by Demarco Murray again. He now has gained 428 yards in two games against the Rams. He was averaging 3.2 yards per carry and 55 yards a game before today. There is no excuse for the Rams defense to be as porous as it has been in the first three weeks. It’s alarming considering it was the team’s strength last season.

Special teams? In a word-brutal. Penalty after penalty wiping out returns and putting the offense in terrible field position. Nine penalties accepted on the Rams’ special teams in three games.

D’Marco Farr suggests it might be time for a players only meeting after hearing Jeff Fisher say he didn’t see this coming. The 49ers are up next. It’s a short week meaning coaches won’t get much sleep. They might have been up all night tonight anyway after today’s performance.

 

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