Monday, September 20, 2010
Around the NFC West: Rams stall after half
By Mike Sando
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Raiders had the right adjustments to stop the Rams' offense. Thomas: "(Sam) Bradford completed only two of his first 10 passes in the second half. And Jackson managed only 8 yards on five carries after halftime. After dominating time of possession the week before against Arizona, the Rams had the ball for only 7 minutes, 2 seconds (out of 30 minutes) in the second half."
Also from Thomas: The Rams had 12 yards in the third quarter.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gives both lines a "D" grade on his Rams report card. The Raiders contained Chris Long better than I expected. Long made some strong plays, including on the back side in the running game. But Langston Walker generally held up well in protection against him. Bruce Gradkowski beat Long's quick pressure with a touchdown pass on one play in the second half.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are losing games they should win. Burwell: "Only two games into the 2010 season, a season that just has to be better than the last one (1-15), and the Rams are still losing games they ought to win. They are 0-2 against two incredibly beatable football teams from Arizona and Oakland. They are winless against two totally ordinary quarterbacks named Derek Anderson and Bruce Gradkowski. They are losing football games that have come practically gift wrapped in pretty bows by gracious NFL schedule makers, and the Rams have blown them badly."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers postgame notes, including injury updates. Safety Craig Dahl suffered a concussion on a violent collision in the second half.
Also from Wagoner: a look back on keys to the Rams-Raiders game.