ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 7: Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams sacks Matt Cassel #16 of the Minnesota Vikings at the Edward Jones Dome on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 7: Shaun Hill #14 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) By Michael Thomas
(FootballStL) -- Not much went right for the St. Louis Rams Sunday in Week 1 of the NFL season as they were punished by the Minnesota Vikings 34-6 in front of the an abysmal crowd at the Edward Jones Dome.
The box score said 55,919 people paid to see Sunday's game, but many seats sat empty from the lower bowl to the top and those who did stay for the full game weren't given much to celebrate. Unless they were wearing purple and gold.
The Rams were shut out in the first half by the Viking's defense, which ranks 26th in the NFL, and only tacked on two field goals through the second half.
"Obviously, it didn't go too well," said Rams back-up quarterback Austin Davis, "You have to tip your hat to the Vikings. We're a much better football team than we showed tonight."
Davis played the second half of the game after Shaun Hill went down with a thigh injury. Davis we 16 for 23 with 192 yards and one interception. On the 12 possessions the Rams offense had, 6 of them ended in punts, 2 in interceptions, 2 more in field goals and one in a missed field goal.
"Really, it wasn't anything the Vikings did," said running back Zac Stacey, "It was silly penalties and stuff we can control. We've got to keep emphasizing execution. It's a 15 game season her on out, we've got to get better."
Stacey had a disappointing day, with 43 yards on 11 attempts, and his performance only capped the horrendous offensive day for the Rams. In the air, the Rams racked up 246 yards, however, many of them were taken away on penalties. As a team, the Rams committed 13 penalties that cost them 121 yards.
"They're pretty stout up front," said Rams coach Jeff Fisher, "You have to get in a rhythm and we didn't get in a rhythm. Penalties took us out of the run game. We just never really got start."
The Vikings on the other hand, had one rushing touchdown from Cordarrelle Patterson who broke multiple tackles to take the ball 67 yards. He racked up 102 total rushing yards while star running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 75 yards.
"I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a lot," Rams defensive line Michael Brockers said, "I think the combination of them getting yards and giving them points made it look worse than it was."
The Rams sustained another injury during the game, an ankle injury to Chris Long who left in the second half and didn't return. He was visible and vocally upset after the game as he didn't hold back when evaluating their performance.
"It's very frustrating. Frustration is putting it lightly," he continued, "It's always concerning when you lose a game and you're not competitive. I've been in a lot of crappy football games and that was one of them. I do know we can turn things around. We have one day to be pissed off and then we've got to work."
The Rams will play next Sunday in Tampa Bay against the Bucs.