The Big “D” Meltdown

Agh. 

Absolutely nothing went right for the Rams on Sunday in Dallas. Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin gave Brian Schottenheimer’s offensive squad a clinic. The Cowboys beat the Rams in every facet imaginable. DeMarcus Ware threw around prized free agent left tackle Jake Long like a plastic dummy leading a six-sack team beat-down on Sam Bradford.

The Cowboys had their way with an off kilter Rams squad for 60 minutes, and to make matters worse, the Rams play a huge divisional prime time game against San Francisco in four days.

Today, the local sports scene will bring back the frightening memories of Scott Linehan and Steve Spagnuolo — or the dreaded 15-65 stretch. Forget that non-sense, Jeff Fisher’s 2012 schedule had a few blunders identical to Sunday’s mishap.

Remember the 45-7 ass whooping from New England in London? Or perhaps the home loss to the New York Jets or in Week 15 falling behind Minnesota 33-7? Do those ring a bell?

As sickening a game the Rams played on Sunday, I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever this team is far better than the lopsided 31-7 score. One week doesn’t define an entire season, and the Rams can prove that on Thursday Night Football.

GAME NOTES

  • The Rams had 18 total yards and one first down in the first half. They’ve been outscored 51-13 in the first half this season.
  • St. Louis got over a THIRD of their net total yardage with 4:08 to play in the 4th quarter. 
  • DeMarco Murray ran wild (again) for 175 yards and caught three passes for another 28.
  • St. Louis converted just one of 18 third-down opportunities
  • The Cowboys sacked Bradford 6 times with another 8 QB hits and 20 hurries … or 63% of all dropbacks. 
  • St. Louis managed just 35 yards rushing. Dallas averaged 5.7 yards on 34 carries (193 yards)
  • The fake punt wiped out a gift-wrapped muffed punt after the Rams went three-and-out on their first offensive drive.
  • St. Louis didn’t have a drive consist of more than four plays until 9:35 in the 3rd quarter.

THE MURRAY SHOW

DeMarco Murray owns the Rams. In two career games, Murray has 456 total yards and two touchdowns. He ran behind a punishing offensive line and was rarely touched by the Rams’ defensive line. 149 of his 175 rushing yards came before contact.

Jason Garrett emphasized the necessity to incorporate the running game after their Week 2 loss to Kansas City and the Cowboys executed.

The Rams entered Sunday ranked 6th in run defense but quickly learned Murray was a bit more to handle than Rashard Mendenhall, Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers.

Robert Quinn talked about the pride they had in stopping the run last Wednesday — and that pride took a big hit on Sunday.

GRAB SOME SWAG

Somehow, the Rams have to find the swagger that helped them go 3-1-1 on the road in the final eight games last year. Where is the mental toughness?

Something is missing right now. The slow starts, the pass defense, the special teams penalties, and the field position battle — everything is hurting the Rams.

Jeff Fisher teams identify themselves as tough. They’re known for lining up and hitting opponents in the mouth. That identity never entered AT&T Stadium on Sunday, and hopefully this young football team takes the embarrassing loss as a wakeup call.

SAM’S STATS

Bradford has thrown 53 incomplete passes this season. According to STATS, LLC. 6 were drops, 8 poor throws, 6 passes defensed, 5 batted down, 2 intercepted, and 28 “other”.

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