Rams plagued by missed tackles, fall 19-7 to Packers
By KMOV Web Producer
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby watches the football go through the uprights in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein watches his field goal go wide in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Green Bay Packers head football coach Mike McCarthy watches the action against the St. Louis Rams in their pre season game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell hands the football off to Johnathan Franklin in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballSTL) -- Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said coming into the second preseason game he wanted to minimize mistakes, eliminate the turnovers and do a better job of tackling on defense. Um, none of those three happened. The Rams made countless mistakes (nine penalties), turned the ball over three times and missed a boat load of tackles.
Safe to say, no one was happy afterwards. “I’m disappointed in our tackling, we didn’t play our best on defense,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “But, I’m proud that, I guess looking back we held a dang good quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) to six points. I think that’s a positive, but we definitely have to get better at tackling because we have some plays that should be four yard gains, end up 11, 12 (yards) - stuff like that. Hopefully, we learn from that and we have a couple more games to get that down. All the other stuff - scheme stuff - we’ll learn from.”
Packers running back Eddie Lacy averaged five yards per carry (40 yards total rushing on eight carries) while Rodgers completed all but two of his 12 passing attempts.
For the Rams offensively, they couldn’t get much of anything going on the ground. Isaiah Pead got 11 of the team’s 22 carries but was only able to muster 19 yards (that’s a 1.7 average). Benny Cunningham didn’t do much better in the second half (six carries for 19 yards).
Sam Bradford put up very good numbers (8/12, 156 yards) but he missed a wide open Tavon Austin in the end zone in the first half that would have been a sure touchdown.
“A little shaky,” Bradford said of the overall offense. “But I think we played pretty well for the most part. Obviously, I’d like to have the throw to Tavon (Austin) down on the goal line back, but I thought we executed pretty well. We moved the ball, we’ve just got to find a way to put some points up on the board.”
The Rams lost the time of possession battle once again, just like they did last week.