Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wrap-up: Packers 24, Rams 3
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 24-3 road defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6:
What it means: The Rams fell to 0-5 despite showing small signs of improvement. They probably haven't hit bottom in the standings, either, given that Dallas (road) and New Orleans (home) are next on the schedule. But expectations were low against the unbeaten Packers. This result could have been much worse.
What I liked: Sam Bradford was much more efficient early than in previous games, a positive step for the offense. Sacks weren't nearly the problem they had been previously this season. Rookie tight end Lance Kendricks snapped out of a slump with a 45-yard reception. The Rams' coaching staff made the right call by benching Mike Sims-Walker, holding him accountable for a drop-filled performance against Washington before the Rams' bye. That was the right call and a good reason to give younger receivers a chance. Bradford topped 300 yards and Steven Jackson threatened 100 yards on the ground. The Rams finished with 424 yards.
What I didn't like: Bradford threw an interception in the end zone when the Rams finally had a good scoring chance in the third quarter. He had thrown only one pick all season. Left tackle Rodger Saffold was shaken up late in the game. I'm not going to dwell on negatives in this game because they were relative negatives. Green Bay should have won big -- and arguably bigger than 24-3.
What's next: The Rams visit the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.