Not much went right for the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets. The team entered the game as the odds-on favorites for the first time in nearly two years, but turnovers along with an ineffective offense doomed the team. After coming into this game with an abundance of confidence, one has to wonder just what went wrong with the Rams in their preparation for the Jets?
In my preview of the match-up earlier in the week, I highlighted some critical areas for the Rams to focus in on. Of those elements, the team came up short in nearly every phase as they failed to out-rush the Jets, turned the ball over three times, and only sacked Mark Sanchez on three occasions. While the three sacks may be the least egregious of their shortcomings, the team just failed to produce enough in all three areas.
Despite that, the Rams still had a chance to win the game heading into the fourth quarter trailing 13-7. What may have doomed them even more than those three things mentioned above was the ineffectiveness of their passing game. Wide receiver Danny Amendola returned in the second half after leaving with a foot injury early in the contest, but Sam Bradford never got into a rhythm. He was under 100 yards passing until midway through the final quarter when the team began a no-huddle attack in which Bradford had more success than the other three and a half quarters combined.
Even though the Rams want to be a run-first type of team, they still need to maintain a certain level of function in the passing game if they want to have a successful offense. Balance is critical to moving the ball consistently and right now, the Rams are seriously lacking in that department. The team may have scored a touchdown on their first possession for the third game in a row on Sunday, but until they can consistently move the ball and maintain the ability to score throughout the course of a game, they will remain on the short end of the scoreboard.
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