Monday, September 21, 2009
Silver linings: Rams at Redskins
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The facts: The Rams fell to 0-2 with a 9-7 defeat to the Redskins at FedEx Field in Week 2.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams play their home opener against the Packers in Week 3.
- The Rams played very good defense in the red zone. Redskins fullback Mike Sellers appeared to drop a pass near the goal line, but I thought Rams linebacker David Vobora complicated Sellers' effort to catch the ball. Defensive tackle Clifton Ryan pushed Redskins center Casey Rabach into running back Clinton Portis to doom another red zone play for Washington.
- Steven Jackson topped 100 yards rushing thanks to a breakout 58-yard run. The Rams outgained the Redskins on the ground, 126-125.
- The Rams appear energized. They are playing with emotion, particularly in the secondary with corners Ron Bartell and Jonathan Wade.
- St. Louis converted 6 of 12 times on third down.
- The Rams cut down on penalties, from 10 in the opener to six against the Redskins.
- Laurent Robinson continued to fulfill expectations at receiver. He's the most dependable receiver on the roster. And while that is also a reflection of Donnie Avery's struggles, Robinson has been effective. He uses his size well and did so when catching a touchdown pass.
- Jackson seemed to embrace opportunities to line up wide and work as a receiver. He caught the ball on the perimeter.
- Chris Long showed smarts in sniffing out a screen pass early in the game.
- Richie Incognito was not the big story after the game.