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Rodgers Too Much for Rams

Posted by nickwagoner on October 21, 2012 – 9:10 PM

- The Rams dropped a 30-20 decision to Green Bay on Sunday, their first loss at the Edward Jones Dome this season. The loss dropped them to 3-4 on the year as they prepare to head to London tomorrow night.

- Really, there isn’t a whole lot of in depth breakdown that needs to be done on this one, the reality is that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is probably the best player in the league right now and he showed why again Sunday. CB Cortland Finnegan said the Packers had a good plan that allowed them to just take what the Rams were giving them and they worked it to perfection, especially in a third quarter in which the Rams barely had the ball.

- Rodgers’ final touchdown pass, a 39-yard dagger to WR Randall Cobb is one of the best throws you’ll ever see. He broke outside of the pocket to the left, straightened up and fired a bullet to Cobb across his body for a perfect score. When Rodgers is going this well, I’m not sure how you stop him, even with a defense as strong as the Rams have been this season.

- On the injury front, coach Jeff Fisher said the only injury of consequence was to DE Eugene Sims. It’s a knee injury but its severity is not yet known. We’ll know more tomorrow but that one didn’t seem to be too good.

- On the game, the Rams defense did well to hold Green Bay to field goals three times but they also missed some golden chances to keep the Packers off the board all together.

- Fisher lamented his defense’s inability to come away with a turnover again. After a flurry of takeaways early in the season, those seem to be in short supply lately. Against an offense like Green Bay, you have to have those.

- Likewise, the defense just couldn’t get the job done on third down as Green Bay converted time and time again. The Packers finished 9-of-15 on the money down, that’s 60 percent and simply not good enough. MLB James Laurinaitis said he’d need to see the film to know for sure but his initial instinct was that the tackling wasn’t good enough in general but especially on third down.

- CB Janoris Jenkins is riding the wave of being a rookie in this league right now. Rodgers targeted Jenkins time and again, especially when paired with WR Jordy Nelson and the results weren’t good for the Rams. Jenkins will be just fine but there are always growing pains for every rookie.

- Nice game for rookie DT Michael Brockers today. He got his first career sack and was tough at the line of scrimmage. He had four tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss in unofficial pressbox statistics.

- After a quick start for the pass rush, including DE Robert Quinn’s seventh sack of the season, the Packers adjusted and gave both tackles help in protection. The results were good as the Rams picked up just two more but never really consistently were able to get Rodgers down. That’s just another aspect to Rodgers’ immense ability.

- On the other side of the ball, the Rams were again having troubles putting the ball in the end zone. When you play an offense like Green Bay’s, you have to put up points which is why Fisher opted to go for it on fourth and 2 instead of kicking a field goal in the first half. Fisher would like to see WR Brandon Gibson make that catch to keep the drive going.

- Pretty solid performance by the offensive line all things considered. Yes, Green Bay got there for three sacks but only one of those was for a significant loss and the Packers did get heat on Bradford a number of other times, forcing early throws. With new starters Shelley Smith (guard) and Joe Barksdale (tackle), the Rams had two new starters and held their own as much as possible. They were particularly effective run blocking, where the Rams rushed 22 times for 108 yards, an average of 4.9 yards per attempt.

- Bradford finished with 255 yards on 21-of-34 passing with one touchdown and one interception for 82.4 yards.

- Gibson had another solid day, catching five passes for 60 yards.

- Rookie WR Chris Givens had a nice 56-yard catch and run. It was his fourth consecutive game with a 50-plus yard catch. He finished with three for 73.

- Although the final score was cosmetic, it was interesting to watch Fisher give his team a chance to put together another drive and he took advantage of the chance to get his rookies some valuable reps, including RB Daryl Richardson, RB Isaiah Pead and WR Brian Quick. Quick had two catches for 31 yards before coming up gimpy on an attempted catch in the end zone.

- WR Austin Pettis caught his first career touchdown on that final drive.

- Good to see rookie K Greg Zuerlein bounce back from a rough week last week. He hit from 50 and 43 yards.

- Hurry back, Danny Amendola.

- The Rams now head to London where next week it doesn’t get any easier as the Patriots await. The team takes off Monday evening and will spend the week overseas.

- That’s all for now. Plenty more coverage to come this evening on stlouisrams.com.


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