Despite the glitz and glamour of hosting ESPN’s Monday Night Football at the Edward Jones Dome on Monday, the St. Louis Rams delivered yet another not-quite-ready-for-prime-time performance, in what proved to be a 31-17 loss to the surging San Francisco 49ers.
One of the biggest gripes critics have had with Jeff Fisher during his three years as head coach of the St. Louis Rams is his team’s constant tendency to commit penalties.
In 2012, the Rams were the most penalized team in the NFL. Last year, they were the second-most flagged team in the league. And this year, through four games, St. Louis is averaging nine penalties a game, which is the fifth most total in the league.
It was almost a historic comeback for the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, who trailed 34-7 before rallying back to 34-28 late in the fourth quarter.
But Sunday proved to be just another day for another loss, as the Rams fell to the Philadelphia Eagles by that 34-28 score.
With no game this weekend, the Rams have plenty of time to reflect on their latest loss, a 34-31 defeat against the visiting Dallas Cowboys last Sunday after leading 21-0 in the second quarter.
One series into Sunday’s Week 2 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked a whole lot like last week’s Week 1 contest against the Minnesota Vikings — the St. Louis Rams were getting pushed around the field and seemed unable to do anything about it.
St. Louis players remain upbeat about road ahead, as oddsmakers cast doubt on season
This loss, several players said, would not define their season.
With Rams training camp officially opening on Friday, and the team’s first preseason game a couple weeks away, we break down the top five things you should pay close attention to as Rams camp opens up.
Sports Open Line: Blues Goalie Brian Elliott, Chris Kerber with Doug Armstrong, Rams Linebacker James Laurinaitis
The St. Louis Blues sign goalie Brian Elliott to a three-year contract extension. The extension will pay the 29-year-old $7.5 million over those three years. Rams Linebacker James Laurinaitis joined Sports Open Line recapping the Rams Draft and what the team expects for the 2014 season. Chris Kerber chats with general manager Doug Armstrong following the announcement of Brian Elliott’s contract extension.
Home team snapped a three-game losing streak with 34-20 win over Jacksonville, but dropped passes, bad coverage in the secondary, and penalties on special teams continue to be problems for St. Louis.