Report Card: Rams Fall To Titans
By Joe Vastola
After a crushing last-second loss to the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, the Rams looked to rebound at home against the Titans. They fell behind early but played a strong game, competing late into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately a late turnover, which led to a touchdown, was too much to overcome as St. Louis fell, 28-21.
Here are the grades from the Rams Week 9 performance:
Kellen Clemens, C+: After a brutal performance against Seattle’s tough defense, Clemens stepped up and played a much better game. He was 20-of-35 for 210 yards and a touchdown. At times he held the ball too long, but he made most of the throws he should have made. He gets a C+ because he didn’t make any great plays and he had a back-breaking fumble inside his own 25-yard line with less than three minutes to play. Chris Johnson took one to the house on the ensuing play.
Zac Stacy, A: Zac Stacy has been the lone bright spot for this team over the last five weeks. On Sunday, he rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries for two touchdowns. Stacy is demonstrating his ability to break tackles and find holes coming out of the backfield. Without him, the Rams' offense would be in even worse shape. In addition to his 127 yards on the ground, he added 51 yards on six receptions.
Defense, C+: The Rams' defense showed signs of promise, but couldn’t make big stops when they needed to. While they did defend the pass well, holding Jake Locker to only 185 yards and picking him off twice, they couldn’t stop the run. Chris Johnson racked up 150 yards and two touchdowns, with Shonn Greene adding 38 yards and a touchdown. For the Rams to take the next step, they will need to start preventing yards on the ground.
Special Teams, B: Overall, the Rams played a respectable game on special teams but they did make a few key mistakes. Their kickoff coverage allowed a few long returns and Tavon Austin struggled early. However, the rookie rebounded nicely by game's end. The low point came after a Jake Locker interception at the end of the first half. In the closing seconds, Greg Zuerlein missed a 44-yard field goal wide right. The kick would have put the Rams up, 10-7. Instead they went to the locker room tied and eventually lost by a touchdown. Nobody knows how the game would have played out if he hits that field goal before the end of the half.
Next Up: The Rams will travel to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts (6-2) on Nov. 10. Indy is coming off a big comeback win against the Texans. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.