Wrap-up: Vikings 38, Rams 10

October, 11, 2009
10/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


The Rams are improving, and not only because they couldn't get much worse.
The three turnovers they committed inside the Minnesota 10 -- and a fourth at the 35 -- were inexcusable. Problems are relative, however. Even experiencing the red zone counts as progress for this undermanned offense (the Rams never made it past the San Francisco 22 in Week 4).

Donnie Avery's partial reemergence over the last two weeks -- a 22-yard reception on third-and-14 in Week 4 and a 27-yard touchdown in garbage time Sunday -- stands as the single most important development for the Rams. It's not much to go on, but it's something. Perhaps this is a sign Avery is closer to 100 percent following the broken foot he suffered during the exhibition season. Without more from Avery, the Rams have almost no offensive firepower beyond Steven Jackson.

The Rams lost quarterback Kyle Boller to injury. Marc Bulger completed all seven of his attempts for 88 yards and a touchdown to finish the game. Neither quarterback has shown enough to suggest he's the answer or even the primary problem in St. Louis.

Losing both to injury would put the Rams in a bad spot, but the difference between Boller and Bulger isn't significant enough to affect the offense too greatly. The Rams could be better off, in fact, if Bulger is healthy.

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