Sunday, September 9, 2012
Fisher, Rams making an early statement
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams may or may not defeat the Detroit Lions in their ongoing game at Ford Field.
We know this: The Rams look much, much different from recent previous versions.
The aggressive defensive style Fisher promised has paid off with three interceptions off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford tossed 16 picks all of last season. Janoris Jenkins, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Cortland Finnegan have intercepted him already, staking the Rams to a 12-7 lead with 1:28 left in the first half.
Fisher is fired up. He was jumping up and down along the sideline while Finnegan, his marquee free-agent addition this offseason, returned Stafford's pass to Calvin Johnson for the go-ahead touchdown.
Fisher and his coaching staff have told players to play fast and think later. It's working so far.
The Lions were driving as the first half was winding down. The Rams had stopped two promising Lions drives with interceptions. Bradley Fletcher dropped a Stafford pass in the end zone or else St. Louis would have had another pick. Detroit settled for a field goal, pulling within 13-10 with 20 seconds left before halftime.
The Rams have had chances to take a larger lead. A penalty forced them to settle for one field goal. A sack on third-and-5 forced them to settle for another.
Should be a fun second half. The Rams have already had more fun through two quarters than they experienced just about all last season.