Monday, November 14, 2011
Around the NFC West: No Rams apologies
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams will take victories any way they can get them, and without apology.
If that means needing the Cleveland Browns to botch the snap on a gimme field goal with time winding down, the Rams can plausibly say the football gods owed them a break.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch captured the feeling following the Rams' 13-12 victory Sunday. Linebacker Ben Leber: "That was an ending unlike any I've ever seen. We'll take it. This game comes down to -- sometimes it's just luck and the way the ball bounces. And that's what happened today. We're definitely due a break."
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch echoed the thought that there was no shame in getting a key break. Miklasz: "You don't expect to win when Bradford is outplayed by Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Or when former Rams backup Chris Ogbonnaya rushes for 90 yards and averages as many yards per carry (4.7) as Steven Jackson. It's been established that if the Rams can find a way to lose, they usually do. That said, the Rams needn't apologize for having a little luck on their side. Not when they've been buried under bad luck for much of the season."
Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com laced his postgame Rams report card with sarcasm. Gordon on the receivers: "Brandon Lloyd ran a terrific route to catch a Bradford TD pass as the Rams ACTUALLY CONVERTED IN THE RED ZONE. Rookie Austin Pettis flashed some potential. On the other hand, Brandon Gibson did not distinguish himself playing on one good leg. Overall the WRs still aren't getting enough separation."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the Rams overcame a growing list of injuries. Wagoner: "At the top of the list is a pair of devastating knee injuries. CB Al Harris and TE Mike Hoomanawanui were the victims and coach Steve Spagnuolo indicated that both could miss the rest of the season. At various other points during the game, the Rams lost S Darian Stewart (neck), LT Rodger Saffold (head) and RB Cadillac Williams (calf). None of those players returned and they’ll be evaluated further on Monday. Things are so bad on the injury front that Williams injured his calf while checking into the game."
Also from Wagoner: Jackson was having a very good time against the Browns. It showed. Jackson ran with bad intentions and even took out teammates if they were in his way. He has to be the most physical back in the NFL right now.
More from Wagoner: Jackson was happy to see bad luck affect the other team for a change.