Around the NFC West: Evaluating Rams

September, 24, 2012
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The St. Louis Rams trailed the Chicago Bears only 13-6 when Sam Bradford threaded a pass to Danny Amendola for a 19-yard gain midway through the third quarter.

They had rallied to tie or take the lead in the fourth quarters of their previous two games this season. Would this one be any different? Yes, it would.

Bradford, whose improved play had made St. Louis competitive through Week 2, completed 4 of 8 passes for 18 yards and two interceptions the rest of the way. Chicago's Major Wright returned one of those picks for a touchdown, killing the Rams' chances.

The Rams would finish this 23-6 defeat with 160 yards, their third-lowest total since 2003.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says this game undercut the good feelings surrounding the Rams to this point in the season. Miklasz: "The offensive line held up well in games against Detroit and Washington, but this time the Bears' front four exposed the O-line's shortage of talent and depth and punished Bradford. I'm not sure what the Rams can do to prevent further mayhem up front; it's not as if you can find an All-Pro tackle or dominating guard hitchhiking on the Earth City Expressway."

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch caps his overview of the Rams' performance with a defiant quote from Cortland Finnegan regarding Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Finnegan on what he thought of Cutler: "Not much. I think he had 190 yards passing and no TDs. So, typical him."

Also from Thomas: The Rams got little from Steven Jackson and their ground game.

More from Thomas: why rookie receiver Brian Quick wasn't active Sunday.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com files a Rams report card with high marks for the Rams' defensive line. Gordon: "Defensive end Chris Long earned a couple of sacks and defensive Robert Quinn got an early hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The defensive front got the desired pressure and hassled Cutler into a mediocre performance. Chicago got 103 yards on the ground, but needed 34 carries to reach three figures. Subtract a 21-yard Cutler scramble from that total and the Bears rushed for 82 yards on 33 carries. This unit gave up a couple of big plays, but also forced a lot of third-and-long scenarios."

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