With both teams coming off of embarrassing losses, the battered St. Louis Rams (1-3) will take on the winless Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) in Week 5, arguably one of the worst teams in the NFL this year. The Good thing for the Rams is that they at least managed to score a touchdown, while the Jaguars could only muster up a field goal.
While the Rams have played against some tough teams early in the season with losses against the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, their latest loss against the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 35-11 puts an exclamation point as to where the Rams are in terms of overall talent.
In a season where the Rams thought they finally supplied Sam Bradford with some capable wide receivers in rookie Tavon Austin and second-year player Chris Givens, the only thing the Rams’ offense has done so far is become almost predictable. Despite their efforts, the Rams have no playmakers on their offense, and their run game was absolutely annihilated before it could even reach the line of scrimmage.
With four games in the books, the Rams’ passing offense has actually been good, as they are ranked 12th with 254.5 passing yards per game. On the ground however, the Rams are dead last as they are rushing for 47.3 yards per game.
The other huge problem has been the conservative approach that Bradford has taken early into the season. Watching him play is like watching a girl trying to pick out an outfit, but can’t decide which one she wants and ends up getting nothing. Bradford looks constricted in the pocket, as if he is imprisoned in an invisible jail cell.
The reason why the Rams’ offense has been so stagnant is because Bradford just won’t take any shots down the field or over the middle. He prefers the short passes, thus limiting the Rams from whatever potential they have of being a decent team on offense. Bradford also seems to lack trust in his wide receivers, which was clearly seen in couple of games already.
With so many problems on both sides of the ball, the Rams can sleep well at least this week knowing that there is a team that is worse than them … which says something about the Jaguars. Against them, the Rams should be able to have a much better day offensively, and their defense should be more than enough in stopping whatever offense the Jaguars have.
While the Rams were getting battered by the 49ers, the Indianapolis Colts completely demolished them to the point that it would have been better if they just stayed home. The Colts won to the tune of 37-3.
There isn’t much to be said about the Jaguars as they are ranked 30th in passing and dead last in rushing. The only thing the Jaguars are finding out about this abysmal team is that Blaine Gabbert is not a franchise quarterback. He’s completed 17 of 32 passes for 179 yards and three interceptions.
We all knew that Gabbert wasn’t a good quarterback, but what is truly shocking is how the Jaguars’ star running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been one of the worst backs in the NFL. Jones-Drew ran 13 times for 23 yards for an average of 1.8 yards per carry.
The only good news that the Jaguars have coming their way is the return of Justin Blackmon, who is their best wide receiver and best playmaker at the position. With the way Gabbert has been playing though, even if he had Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant at his disposal, he would still throw more completions to opposing defensive backs than those two.
The Jaguars are in for a long, long season and unless a guy named Tim Tebow comes to their aid, they should expect nothing good this season.
When the Jaguars and Rams meet, it will be a battle to see who is the worst team in the NFL. Luckily for the Rams, at least they have a quarterback who can throw the ball to his receivers more often than to opposing cornerbacks.
As for the Jaguars … good luck.