Monday, December 6, 2010

Rams @ Cardinals: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly


-Steven Jackson: Jackson has been solid for the Rams at running-back the entire season, but he has been struggling to break free for touchdown runs; so it was good to see him score the game's only touchdown yesterday, which came on a 27-yard run. Jackson also broke the 100-yard barrier yesterday with 102 yards. Jackson now has 985 rushing yards on the season, meaning he is 15 yards shy of his sixth consecutive 1000 yard season.

-The Defensive-Backs: The defensive-backfield was embarrassed against Atlanta and Roddy White, as well as Denver and Brandon Lloyd. But they were able to get back on track yesterday, holding Larry Fitzgerald to only 61 yards. They also held the Arizona quarterbacks to only 148 combined yards passing. Craig Dahl and Bradley Fletcher both had interceptions. Dahl also had a sack, and led the team in tackles with seven.

-Fred Robbins: Robbins has been a star at the defensive-tackle position for the Rams all year. His presence on the line should convince all fans that the Rams made the right decision by signing Robbins, and drafting Sam Bradford; as oppose to drafting Ndamekong Suh, and settling for a quarterback such as Jimmy Clausen. Robbins has five sacks on the season, and he is just one sack away from reaching a career high at six sacks. He has three sacks in the last two games- two yesterday against Arizona, and one last week against Denver.

-Brandon Gibson: Some people feel that Gibson has been overlooked at the wide-receiver position, and those people may be right. Gibson was not generating a lot of buzz during training camp, or during the pre-season for that matter; but he has been able to step up his game and provide Bradford with a solid target other than Amendola. Gibson led the team in receptions yesterday with six (none of the other receivers had more than two) and he led the team in yards with 54.

-Josh Brown: I was highly critical of Brown last week when he missed a field-goal, as well as a PAT. But Brown was the offensive player of the game yesterday. He made four field-goals, including a 52-yarder, and he made the only PAT of the game.


-Sam Bradford: Bradford played a pretty good game overall. He was able to effectively manage to offense, and help secure a win. But yesterday was certainly not his best game. He was picked off by Kerry Rhodes, which was an obvious miscommunication; and he also had TE Daniel Fells wide open in the end-zone, only to have his pass batted away. Bradford frequently had passes batted away during the pre-season, and he has improved on that greatly ever since, but every so often he still allows a play to be killed due to a batted pass. I think Bradford's overall production yesterday was hindered by the solid play of the Arizona defensive-backs, rather than on his own.

-The Receivers: Other than Gibson, who I mentioned above, it was a pretty pitiful game for the Ram receivers. Like I mentioned above, Gibson was the only player to record more than two receptions, and he was the only receiver to gain more that 40 yards. Danny Amendola and Danario Alexander were held to a combined three catches for 37 yards. The Rams' desperate need at wide-receiver becomes more painfully obvious week after week.


Arizona's QB Situation- How does Derek Anderson feel? To be humiliated on Monday Night Football, as well as harassed by the media? And to top it off, he got benched yesterday in favor of Max Hall; and after Hall went down with an injury, the Arizona coaching staff opted for the 5th round rookie quarterback John Skelton (who had zero playing time before yesterday) rather that putting Anderson back into the game. Or even worse, how does Larry Fitzgerald feel? Knowing that he is probably the best wide-receiver in the game, but Arizona's quarterbacks are making him look average. Perhaps Fitzgerald, who is due to become a free-agent after the 2011 season, would like to go to a team with a young quarterback who has a very bright future... hint, hint.

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