(FootballSTL) -- The term “pick your poison” gets overused way too often in sports. That implies it really doesn’t matter what you decide to take away on the other side, someone is going to beat you. So maybe just one game is not enough to suggest the Rams are there as a whole. But for one day? Ya. I think that’s accurate.
The Rams light up the Cardinals for 366 yards but it was more the individual performances that stuck out. And #1 wide receiver Chris Givens was not among them. He was held by the Cardinals to just two catches for 27 yards. Normally, the Rams would take multiple shots down the field with him but not on this day.
He was targeted just three times.
Why was that? Well, he said it’s because the Cardinals obviously game planned for him.
“They did things to try and take away my vertical threat. When you do that we have other weapons on this team and that’s what’s so good about this offense is that you can’t just focus on one person,” Givens said.
But that really didn’t matter in the end. Unless you are going to petition to the league to get an extra four defenders to double cover everyone, you won’t be able to specifically game plan to stop everyone on the Rams offense. Take away Givens, allow Jared Cook to be open underneath for seven catches and 141 yards.
“Obviously, with the big plays that Givens was able to create in the preseason we knew that they were going to come out and obviously be a little scared of that,” QB Sam Bradford said. “I thought that they played a little soft over him tonight, tried to take away those shots, but it just opened up everything underneath.”
It remains to be seen what will happen the rest of the season. Teams may start to target Cook more with their defensive assignments. But that would appear to open things up for Tavon Austin and Austin Pettis and everyone else.
The Rams offense was hyped up a lot during the offseason and training camp and I think we just saw why against Arizona.