We knew the early part of 2011 would be rough for the Rams, so it’s not shocking they enter week three (0-2). The players say it’s not time to panic, but admit there’s a sense of urgency to win Sunday against Baltimore.
Stopping Ravens’ running back Ray Rice will not be easy and that should be the Rams’ main focus Sunday. Last week against Tennessee, Rice racked up 92 yards scrimmage yards so he can be dangerous as a runner and as a receiver. Let’s hope the Rams preseason run-defense doesn’t show up or it could be a long day at the Dome.
Monday night the Rams utilized the “no-huddle offense” and it worked to near perfection. However, the red zone problems were embarrassing. They had three drives stall inside New York’s 10 yard line, and instead of putting up a fight and showing the national audience how good they were, the Rams instead had to settle for three field goals. The players said all week they’re working on getting better in the red zone, we’ll see Sunday if they can back up their talk.
And finally, Steven Jackson will again be a game time decision and his back-up Cadillac Williams is listed as “questionable” for Sunday as well. Williams aggravated his left hamstring in the first quarter Monday. He told me he should be good to go for Sunday but we shall see. If not, Jerious Norwood takes the reigns as the starter with Quinn Porter backing him up. Not sure if ‘Wood’ can handle all those touches so it’ll be crucial for the Rams to get creative with the playbook.
Ravens win 24-17.