Every team in the NFL wants to have a balanced offense during the course of a season, but for the St. Louis Rams, their ability to do so could turn losses like Sunday’s to the Chicago Bears into wins. The team was solid defensively against the Bears, but the problems on the offensive side of the ball cost them a chance at victory. Gaining this balanced attack will go a long way in putting the Rams on the right side of the scoreboard in the future.
Offensively, the Rams were suffocated by the Bears defense. Head Coach Jeff Fisher said: “Obviously, our difficulty was on the offensive side of the ball. We didn’t play as well as I think we’re capable. We had a lot of little mistakes that cost us here and there, and we, as well as the players, are encouraged about where we’re going. As long as we continue to improve, we should be okay.”
That offense managed just 160 total yards on Sunday and scored zero touchdowns. Six sacks allowed, several additional hurries, and two interceptions left quarterback Sam Bradford a bit rattled. The lack of running game also played a role in the team’s inability to protect Bradford as they totaled just 59 yards on the ground. A good running game can take a lot of pressure off of the quarterback by forcing the defense to respect the ground attack. Getting back to a more run-oriented offense will be key if the Rams want to turn the page from their poor performance in week three.
Even when Bradford did have time and delivered the ball on target, his receivers gave him little help. There were five dropped passes in the game that could have made a large difference in the eventual outcome had they been hauled in. The receiving corps had a tough time getting open as well which forced Bradford to hold onto the ball for too long and get hit far too often.
After a week two breakout against the Washington Redskins for 452 total yards, the Rams crashed back to earth on Sunday. Still this team had plenty of potential to find a middle ground and build from there for the rest of the season. Look for this offense to re-emphasize on the running game and try to establish a balanced attack moving forward.
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