Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NFC West [Print without images]

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wrap-up: Colts 42, Rams 6

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams limited the damage better than anticipated for much of the game, but not long enough.

The longer the game went, the tougher life was going to become for the outmanned Rams.

Receiver Donnie Avery got deep for a 50-yard reception, Steven Jackson topped 100 yards and still the Rams never threatened. That would qualify as discouraging for the Rams against most opponents, but not against the Colts. If the Rams were going to lose -- and there was never any doubt regarding this outcome -- they were better off with Avery and Jackson making positive contributions.

The Rams' inability to sustain success in the passing game undercut Jackson's efforts on the ground. The fact that newly acquired receiver Brandon Gibson wasn't a factor -- he was inactive, even though the team expected contributions right away -- did not help.

The Rams need to get Gibson involved next week. They also need to play opponents with less talent. Week 8 affords them such an opportunity.

The big question now is whether the Rams can get their first victory of the season against the Lions. St. Louis has a bye in Week 10 before playing consecutive home games against the Saints, Cardinals and Seahawks.