Vaughn: Rams turn in another snoozer

Vaughn: Rams turn in another snoozer

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 08: Wide receiver Tavon Austin #11 of the St. Louis Rams reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn/ FootballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

(FootballSTL) -- It was one of the most exciting NFL Sundays in recent memory. The Lions and Eagles managed to scored 54 points in a blizzard in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh nearly pulled off one of the most incredible game ending plays ever with a series of passes, laterals and hand offs, but Antonio Brown barely stepped out of bounds at the 13 yard line nullifying the miracle comeback. Matt Prater of Denver set an NFL record with a 64 yard field goal. The Patriots scored two touchdowns in the final minute to beat Cleveland. The Ravens and Vikings combined for five touchdowns in the last 2:05 of the fourth quarter, with Baltimore completing the go-ahead touchdown with :04 left on a Joe Flacco pass through the snowflakes to Marlon Brown. The Rams, meanwhile, played another game that could have put even the most die-hard fan to sleep.

Deep sigh! Same old Rams. 

The Rams 30-10 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona officially eliminates the Rams from the playoffs. It also guarantees a 10th consecutive season without a winning record. The Rams have only one victory against the NFC West this season. That came in the opener at home against Arizona. Since then they’ve lost to San Francisco twice, Seattle and now Arizona by a combined score of 102-43. 

The Rams aren’t just bad again, they’re boring again. Kellen Clemens struggled to get any offense going. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 181 yards. He was sacked four times. He threw two interceptions. His quarterback rating was 48.5. The Rams are paying the price for not being more aggressive in finding a back-up for the injured Sam Bradford. 

Clemens is hardly the only problem. The Rams committed 11 penalties for the second week in a row. They do a lot of trash talking on defense, but don’t make many big plays. They had one sack of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, no interceptions. They did force one fumble. Arizona converted on 8 of their 14 third down plays. 

It’s hard to find things to get excited about with this Rams team. Tavon Austin makes an occasional big play, but the Rams still find it difficult to get him the ball in space. He caught one pass against the Cardinals for nine yards. They handed him the ball one time on an end-around play, and Austin broke free for a 56 yard gain. But with typical Rams luck, Austin was hurt at the end of the play. He rolled his ankle and was done for the day.

With all the high draft picks and free agent signings how is it possible this Rams team still has so few offensive weapons? They began this week with the 25th ranked offense in the league, but that will likely drop after a dreadful performance at Arizona. The Rams are going to get two very high first round picks in the draft this April. But does it really matter? Haven’t they been getting very high draft picks for the past decade? 

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