After a confidence building tie in week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, the St. Louis Rams were flying high. Now that the team has gotten over the hump and beaten the Niners in week 13 by a 16-13 score, what comes next for this youthful Rams team?
Most will be happy to dwell on the fact that the team got the win, but something tells me that Head Coach Jeff Fisher won’t be feeling the same. Fisher will likely focus on the fact that the Niners converted on 50 percent of their third downs during regulation (8-16) or maybe he will point out that rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins has scored more touchdowns (three) than the Rams’ offense over the past two weeks (two).
Clearly this Rams group is still a work in progress, but the progress is the most encouraging aspect at this point. Although Colin Kaepernick did scramble for some critical third down conversions, the Rams’ defense came up with critical turnovers and cashed them in for points. Even though the offense didn’t score much, somehow quarterback Sam Bradford led the team on an epic drive to get into field goal range and force overtime in the first place.
There are always positive ways to spin things coming off of an uplifting victory like the one the Rams experienced on Sunday. The way the Rams’ defense stiffened in overtime to force a lengthy field goal attempt by David Akers that missed or the way the offense picked up the ball from that point and imposed their will on the 49ers’ front seven to push into field goal range themselves for Greg Zuerlein’s game-winner.
This team clearly has a fiery element to it and that is no doubt thanks to the man leading the way in coach Fisher. While some dislike Fisher for his club’s borderline discipline at times, sometimes it’s that bit of uncertainty that makes the difference between winning and losing. As this team continues to mature throughout the rest of 2012 and looking forward into 2013, look out for the Rams to take a big step forward as an organization.
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