Monday, October 22, 2012
Around the NFC West: Rams need the ball
By Mike Sando
ST. LOUIS -- The Rams intercepted eight passes over their first four games.
They haven't picked off one since. They haven't forced a turnover of any kind during their last two games, one reason the team has fallen to 3-4 following a 3-2 start.
That was the first issue coach Jeff Fisher raised following the Rams' 30-20 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.
"When you play a team as good as they are offensively, in order to have a chance to win, you need to get turnovers," Fisher said without prompting.
Rams opponents have fumbled only twice this season, losing one. Their next opponent, New England, has recovered a league-high 11 opponents' fumbles, including the game-winnner in overtime against the New York Jets on Sunday. Then again, Green Bay has a winning record despite being the only team in the NFL without an opponent's fumble recovery.
The Rams are now even in turnover differential. New England (plus-11), Atlanta (plus-10), Chicago (plus-nine) and the New York Giants (plus-nine) lead the league in that category. Kansas City (minus-15) ranks last by a six-turnover margin.
The one turnover St. Louis committed against the Packers helped Green Bay control the ball for 21 minutes of the second half. That prevented the Rams from building on the way they ran the ball in the first half.