Sunday, November 18, 2012
Wrap-up: Jets 27, Rams 13
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 27-13 defeat against the New York Jets in the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday:
What it means: The Rams fell to 3-6-1 and have not won a game since defeating Arizona in Week 5. The offensive gains they made against San Francisco last week did not carry over into Week 11. St. Louis' inability to win at home against the reeling Jets, coupled with its inability to hold a double-digit lead against the 49ers, kills realistic thoughts of the Rams making a second-half run toward .500. The Rams are now 1-6 outside the NFC West.
What I liked: Quarterback Sam Bradford started quickly and staked the Rams to an early lead with a fourth-and-goal touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson. Rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins, benched for disciplinary reasons last week, blocked a field goal try in the first half. The Rams also stuffed the Jets' Tim Tebow on an attempted fake punt after St. Louis coaches left their regular defense on the field. Steven Jackson averaged 6.2 yards per carry, rushing 13 times for 81 yards. Rookie Chris Givens had a 48-yard kickoff return. A penalty for holding wiped out a kickoff return for a touchdown. Defensive end Chris Long collected two sacks.
What I didn't like: The Jets contained Rams receiver Danny Amendola. Durability concerns also remained a problem for Amendola, who is easily the team's best receiver when healthy. Amendola was able to return to the game after suffering a foot injury. Still, this was the third time in Amendola's last eight games that an injury has forced him from the field. Bradford mostly appeared uncomfortable against the Jets' pressure and scheming. He wasn't able to create when pressured. Bradford completed only 23 of 44 passes (52 percent) for 170 yards, or 3.9 per attempt. The Rams made it six consecutive games without intercepting a pass. They made Mark Sanchez look like one of the more efficient quarterbacks in the league. Sanchez completed 15 of 20 passes for 178 yards with one touchdown and a 118.3 NFL passer rating.
What's next: The Rams visit the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12.