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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Rams-Bears study session: Offense

By Nick Wagoner

ST. LOUIS -- A look back at the St. Louis Rams' 42-21 win against the Chicago Bears after reviewing the All-22 film.

Big play: Rams receiver Tavon Austin runs 65 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead on the third offensive play of the game.

The Rams lined up with tight end Lance Kendricks at fullback offset left, receivers Austin Pettis and tight end Jared Cook bunched left in the slot. Receiver Chris Givens lined up wide right with Austin in the slot and quarterback Kellen Clemens under center with no running back.

The Bears lined up with four down linemen, all three linebackers in the box, with a cornerback up near the line of scrimmage on the receivers bunched left. Cornerback Tim Jennings started 3 yards off of Givens to the right with two safeties playing deep.

Before the snap, Austin motioned into the backfield as linebacker James Anderson creeped to the right a couple steps. At the snap, the Rams' offensive line fired off blocking to their left as Kendricks came across the formation into the right flat. Bears defensive end Shea McClellin and Anderson bit hard as Austin took the ball from Clemens quickly and pivoted back right with Kendricks in front. Kendricks got in the way of Jennings to shield him away from Austin. The key play came from Givens, who took on incoming safety Chris Conte. Givens took out Conte and McClellin with one block as Austin ran between the two blocks.

At Chicago's 45, Pettis squared up a perfect block on Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene to wipe out the last real threat. Austin's speed took care of the rest to give the Rams a lead they would not relinquish.

Hidden play: Quarterback Kellen Clemens hits tight end Jared Cook for 29 yards to Chicago's 30 on first and 20 from Rams' 41 with the Rams up 27-21 and 5:30 to go in game.

The Rams lined up with a receiver split wide left, a receiver split wide right, two tight ends bunched right attached at the line, Benny Cunningham at running back and Clemens under center.

The Bears came out with two corners playing off coverage, three linebackers in the box, four down linemen and two high safeties.

Before the snap, Cook motioned left just off the line of scrimmage but attached. Clemens took the snap and faked a handoff to Cunningham. The Bears rushed four but got no pressure as the Rams got strong blocks on the edge from Kendricks against McClellin and left tackle Jake Long against Julius Peppers.

Cook ran down the seam untouched with Anderson on him at the beginning but with no contact at the line, Cook wasted no time getting behind him. It appeared the Bears were supposed to be in basic Cover 2 but middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic never dropped into the middle deep of the field. Cook got in between the linebackers and the safeties. Clemens locked onto Cook right away with Givens and Austin running deep down sidelines. Clemens stepped up in the pocket and fired a strike for a big gain and a first down after a costly penalty.

It was the only pass of the Rams' final touchdown drive but it was a big one to help set up Cunningham's 9-yard touchdown run.

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