Rapid Reaction: Jets 47, Rams 3

November, 9, 2008
11/09/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams suddenly aren't much better than they were when the season was spiraling out of control under since-fired coach Scott Linehan.

This is a fragile team without enough talent to overcome mistakes, particularly with Steven Jackson sidelined by a thigh injury. The Jets predictably made Rams quarterback Marc Bulger struggle. Trent Green replaced him and didn't fare much better.

Without a strong running game, the Rams have a harder time getting the ball deep to receiver Donnie Avery. Their depth on defense is another potential concern. Linebacker Will Witherspoon was able to return after an injury sidelined him briefly, but seeing rookie seventh-rounder David Vobora on the field -- no matter how briefly -- demonstrated how quickly the talent drops off if the Rams suffer additional injuries at that position.

The Rams face the 49ers at Candlestick Park in Week 11. They have a chance to win that matchup if Jackson returns. At this point, however, the Rams have squandered whatever momentum they gained by winning their first two games under interim coach Jim Haslett.

The organization had indicated a willingness to bring back Haslett if the team could win six of its final 12 games. The Rams are 2-3 since Haslett took over. The remaining schedule features the 49ers (road), Bears, Dolphins, Cardinals (road), Seahawks, 49ers and Falcons (road). It's tough to find four Rams victories among those seven remaining games.

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