Another dud in the dome puts sour taste in Rams mouth
New York Giants Antrel Rolle gets hold of the facemask of St. Louis Rams Tre Mason during his touchdown run in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on December 21, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
New York Giants Orleans Darkwa runs past the St. Louis Rams defense for a touchdown in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on December 21, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
By Zach Dalin
A St. Louis Rams cheerleader cheers as the Rams take to the field for a game against the New York Giants at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on December 21, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballStL) -- Raise your hand if you thought the Rams would stink up the place Sunday afternoon against the Giants.
Thought so. Every piece of evidence from this football team over the last few weeks suggested that at home against a sub .500 opponent they would play well. Everything. They blasted the Raiders. They blasted the Redskins. They played a darn good Cardinals team very close.
This was supposed to be that 7th win to match 2012 and 2013 before a tough final game in Seattle.
Well, I guess that’s why you can never really anticipate what’s going to happen in sports. How the Rams managed to get outplayed in virtually every aspect of the game against the Giants is beyond me. They lost 37-27 and, really, it was worth than the final score indicated.
Let’s see. The Rams lost the time of possession battle by about 10 minutes. They gave up 514 yards of offense to the Giants while allowing them to go 8-17 on third down. They were penalized nine times for 76 yards. And, oh by the way, they turned the ball over three times with two fumbles and an interception.
Only Tre Mason can say he had a semi good day (and maybe Kenny Britt, too). The rookie running back from Auburn carried 13 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. He ran hard north and south and ran with a purpose. This loss now makes it six losses this season where Mason fails to get at least 19 carries. When he does they’re 3-0. Clearly, the situation the Rams are in during the course of the game has a lot to do with how much they feed Mason the ball.
But you get the point.
Other than their running back this was a brutal game. It now means they’ll have to win at Seattle to get back to seven wins and tie their win total for 2012 and 2013. If not, they’ll have the worst record under Jeff Fisher in Year 3. That was not the game plan when he was hired.
We all knew how good Odell Beckham Jr was coming into this game and how he was pretty much the only person on that offense that could hurt you. Yet he still caught eight of the 12 passes thrown his way for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The 80-yards bomb from Eli Manning in the third quarter sealed the win for the Giants.
Not every game is perfect. Things are going to happen each week because other teams are really good and are full of professional athletes just like you are. But this was a rough game for the Rams. It was a rough game at a time when they’re finally supposed to be coming together.