(FootballStL) -- Well…..what do you say about what we saw at Wembley Stadium this evening? Simply, the St. Louis Rams 45-7 loss to the New England Patriots was a thrashing.
Outside of the long touchdown pass to Chris Givens on the first drive there is really nothing positive to say about this one. The Rams were simply outclassed in this one. There is really no other way around it. That was the difference between a Super Bowl caliber team and a team that is still searching to turn things around.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, to put it politely and civilly, took the Rams to the back room and physically beat them down. The holes in the field where they were allowed to operate simply cannot happen. From the press box you would just see that the linebackers and defensive backs were not on the same page in coverage.
What this loss also shows you, coupled with the loss to the Packers last week, is that the defense is not anywhere as good as we thought they were after the first few games. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are not Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill, Kevin Kolb and Robert Griffin III. The masters are toying with this defense.
The loss tonight also illustrates the job Jeff Fisher is doing. He figured out schemes with what he has to defeat lesser quarterbacks. He does not however have enough in his arsenal to fight off the likes of Brady and Rodgers. That is a lack of talent, not a lack of great coaching.
The problem for the Rams moving forward is that the road is not going to get any easier. Awaiting the Rams after the bye week is a trip to San Francisco to face the 49ers. While the 49ers don’t have a quarterback the likes of Brady and Rodgers they do have home field advantage and a defense that dominates. The Rams have had huge problems in Candlestick Park historically and you can’t imagine things would change this year.
So what should we take away from this loss? I think the important thing is that we now know that there is still a LONG way to go. The first few games showed improvement, but this is not a competitive playoff team yet. There are still games left on the schedule that the Rams can win and I think a legitimate goal for this team is to get to 6. That would never be said in the locker room, but if you could get there I think the season is a wild success.
The road back is still going to be long. This team is not going to catch lightning in a bottle and make some playoff run. But, they will continue to make things interesting. Today was not one of those days, unfortunately. It was a long way to come for a loss and that was clearly the mood in the locker room after the game.
The only good thing you can say tonight if you’re a Rams player is that you get to spend one more night in London. The team does not fly home until tomorrow. It was a long way to come for a loss like that.