The St. Louis Rams had a big season opener where they hosted the division-rival Arizona Cardinals in a game that came down to a field goal. Winning your first game to build some momentum is important, but when it’s against a team in your division, it is typically a must win game. Tight end Jared Cook thought the same thing, and it proved to be the difference maker for St. Louis.
Cook was very impressive in his first game as a Ram, grabbing 141 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.
The Rams’ offense was expected to get it going this season after having the same offensive coordinator — and more importantly the same system — for consecutive seasons for the first time in Sam Bradford‘s career. That is important, because you already know the system, and can just spend the offseason improving instead of learning a new system. Cook had to learn a new system coming over from the Tennessee Titans, but he’s seemed to have picked it up.
Cook never really was a big part of the Titans’ offense, but the Rams knew he would fit in with Bradford and company. Head Coach Jeff Fisher grabbed him off the market, got him working with Bradford and the rest of the offense, and now, he’s arguably Bradford’s favorite target. Cook will continue to be a big part of the offense throughout the season, which could cause problems for their opponents.
Playing in the West, it will be hard to grab a wildcard spot out from under either of the other teams, but St. Louis has shown they can compete in the division. St. Louis won all but one game in the division last season, losing to Seattle, but they did actually tie with the 49ers as well.
The Rams are improving all-around, and from what they’ve shown in the past, they can certainly grab a wildcard spot this season if they keep it going. However, Jared Cook will have to continue to be huge in the passing game.
The Rams did go on to win today’s game 27-24 over the Cardinals.