The staple of a Jeff Fisher coached football team is to run the ball on offense and stop the run on defense. Despite putting up an effort that their coach must have adored on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the St. Louis Rams came up short on the scoreboard. Let’s take a closer look at just how dominant the team was running the rock and what exactly cost them the victory on Sunday.
While the total net yardage stat is daunting enough with a 462 to 192 advantage in favor of the Rams, their 162 to 19 win in net rushing yards was just incredible. St. Louis managed to contain Reggie Bush better than any team all year long bottling him up for just 19 yards on 12 carries. Despite controlling the clock with a 33:23 to 26:37 time of possession advantage, the Rams were doomed by special teams blunders.
On the surface, the three missed field goals by rookie Greg Zuerlein seem like enough reason to lose the game, but the problem was deeper than that. Fumbles and penalties also plagued the club as a number of fouls along the offensive line created self-made hurdles that were too difficult to overcome. Both Janoris Jenkins and Brit Miller fumbled on special teams returns which needs to be addressed. A young team with such little margin for error like the Rams must protect the pigskin and Sunday was their first taste of just how critical that can be.
So despite chewing up more clock than Miami, more than doubling up the Fins yardage total, and just simply looking like the superior team during the course of the game, 12 penalties for 94 yards along with the turnover and missed field goals cost the Rams the game. Miscues were the theme for the team in their dominating loss to the Dolphins, but there are plenty of positives to build on moving forward. If the discipline and ball security issues can be addressed, the Rams are still more than capable of making a playoff push this year.
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