Jets vs. Rams: Final Grades, Analysis for St. Louis

Matthew Melton@mcmelton314Contributor IIINovember 18, 2012

Jets vs. Rams: Final Grades, Analysis for St. Louis

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    The St. Louis Rams came into this Week 11 tilt with the New York Jets as the favorites, but they received a beatdown at the hands of (wait for it) Mark Sanchez and the New York running game.

    The Rams came out on the wrong end of a 27-13 defeat by the Jets and now stand with a 3-6-1 record.

    The team's winless streak now stands at five games.

    Here are the final game grades and analysis for today's matchup.

QB Sam Bradford

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    Overall: C-

    Fourth Quarter: C

    Bradford rode the coattails of two nice gains by Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson, as he threw his second touchdown pass of the day to Brandon Gibson. It was a nice pass by Bradford, lofted over the defender's head.

    Before the Rams final drive, Bradford was 20-of-37 for 152 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception and one lost fumble. Bradford then padded his numbers a little bit in garbage time, finishing 23-of-44 for 170 yards. Bradford's rating for the game was a terrible 67.4.

    It was an uninspiring effort and as the leader of the offense, Bradford is accountable more than anyone else.

    Third Quarter: D

    It was a relatively vanilla third quarter for Bradford, as the Jets offense dominated the time of possession. He completed just two passes on five attempts for 12 yards.

    I'm not seeing the leadership Bradford displayed in the first quarter. The Rams are letting this game get out of hand.

    Second Quarter: F

    Bradford was intercepted early in the quarter on a great play by Jets safety Eric Smith. Bradford followed that up with a fumble that led to more points by the Jets.

    After finishing the quarter 3-for-8 for just 18 yards, he saw his rating drop by more than half to 64.1 for the game.

    First Quarter: A

    On the Rams' first third-down play, Bradford faced a Jets blitz that brought an unblocked defender. Bradford read it, and found Danny Amendola on the hot read for a completion and first down. Bradford one-upped himself on the team's next third down, throwing a strike down the middle of the field, hitting Austin Pettis for a 36-yard gain.

    Bradford began the game a perfect 5-for-5, missed on his first two pass attempts inside the five-yard line, but ultimately found Brandon Gibson for a touchdown on 4th-and-goal. Overall, Bradford completed 6-of-8 passes for 60 yards and the one touchdown for a QB rating of 135.4.

    Can't expect much better.


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    Overall: C-

    Fourth Quarter: C-

    The Rams opened the fourth quarter on a critical drive that necessitated a touchdown. Richardson followed a six-yard run for a first down with a painful fumble on the very next play. That's the third turnover coughed up by the Rams. No chance for the Rams to come back at this rate.

    After the nice return by Chris Givens, the Rams took the ball over near midfield halfway through the quarter. Jackson followed that up with a 20-yard run. That spark continued with fellow backfield mate Daryl Richardson, as he gained 18 yards on a catch and run that nearly was a touchdown.  

    On the very next play, Gibson caught his second touchdown pass as Bradford lofted the ball over Cromartie and into Gibson's hands. It's hard to not see this, however, as too little too late.

    Third Quarter: D

    Amendola returned from his heel injury to start the second half and caught a pass to convert a short third down. No shocker.

    Midway through the quarter, Barry Richardson was manhandled by Muhammad Wilkerson, who pushed Richardson so far deep into the Rams backfield that Richardson tackled Jackson on a run. That has sort of been the story of the Rams offense since the first quarter.

    Second Quarter: F

    Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson continued to play "catch me if you can" with the Jets defense. Richardson ran the ball three times for 17 yards, and Jackson added 21-yard run that seemingly carried the entire Jets defense.

    Turnovers killed any chance to build momentum, as the offense could not get close to scoring range.

    Amendola left the game with a right heel injury and his return is questionable. As good as things were for the offense in the first quarter, it was a complete 180-degree change in the second.

    First Quarter: A

    The Rams offense handled everything the Jets defense gave them. Blitzing on third down? No problem, just look for Amendola or Pettis down the field. Jackson failed to find a hole on the designed run? No problem, just be patient and juke to the neighboring gap.

    The Rams put together an impressive 15-play, 86-yard scoring drive to start the game. Austin Pettis made a wonderful 36-yard reception down the middle on third down. Steven Jackson ran five times for 26 yards. Bradford found Amendola three times on the drive and Brandon Gibson was wide open in the back of the end zone to score on a fourth down from the one-yard line.


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    Overall: D+

    Fourth Quarter: D

    The inevitable happened as the Jets finished off their third-quarter drive by scoring on a five-yard run to start the fourth quarter. Laurinaitis is having a fine game, but outside of Chris Long, the Rams defensive line is letting the Jets push them around the field.

    The Rams offense held the ball for barely two minutes before coughing up a fumble to give the Jets offense a short field. The Rams defense did what it could as the Jets kept chipping away down the field into the red zone. Ultimately, the short runs paid off as Bilal Powell ran untouched for an 11-yard touchdown, his second score of the day.

    Third Quarter: C

    The Rams' defense continued its bend-but-don't-break mentality, allowing the Jets to move the ball downfield, but limiting points by forcing field-goal attempts over touchdowns.

    Mark Sanchez continued to pick apart the Rams defense, and a balanced offensive attack kept the Rams defenders off balance.

    Second Quarter: C-

    When the offense turned the ball over, giving the Jets a short field, the Rams defense was put to its first real test. The defense came through, forcing the Jets to kick a field goal that was ultimately blocked. Chris Long recorded his second sack of the game, making my prognostication earlier in the week that he was due for a breakout game prophetic.

    After another turnover by the offense, the Jets came and attacked the Rams defense. Trumaine Johnson got mixed up on a crossing route, as Chaz Schilens blew by Johnson on a 25-yard touchdown reception.

    No surprise on the Jets next offensive drive, as Sanchez went after Johnson again, hitting Jeremy Kerley for a 32-yard gain to move the Jets into Rams territory at the two-minute warning. The defense held the Jets to a field goal, keeping the game within one possession.

    First Quarter: B

    The Rams defenders had to know the Jets would come out wanting to establish the run. There was very little chance that the Jets would look to move the ball through the air. As such, it was troubling to watch Shonn Greene gain 10 yards on the first play of the game, and then follow that up with three more rushes for 26 rushing yards on the Jets' first drive. Craig Dahl pretended to tackle Greene on one long gain, but it's more honest to say that Greene tackled Dahl.

    Quintin Mikell made a nice sack-strip on Sanchez to stall the Jets' opening drive, forcing a punt. Mario Haggan left the game early with an elbow injury, and his return at this point is questionable.

    On the Jets' second drive, James Laurinaitis was forced to cover the infinitely quicker Joe McKnight, which failed miserably on a third-down pass play that gained 18 yards. Chris Long recorded one sack and another tackle for a loss.

Special Teams

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    Overall: C+

    Fourth Quarter: C

    Chris Givens looks to have locked up kick return duties, as he nearly took another return for a touchdown. Givens brought the ball out of the end zone to the 42-yard line, hopefully providing the Rams offense the spark it lost somewhere in between the first two quarters.

    Hekker came out to attempt an onside kick, which was executed perfectly, but no Rams could get their hands on the ball and the Jets maintained possession.

    Third Quarter: B

    Not too much going on for the Rams' special teams this quarter. Hekker had a nice 50-yard punt that rode the Jets sideline, pinning the Jets at their 11-yard line.

    Second Quarter: C

    Janoris Jenkins helped to bail out his teammates on both offense and defense by blocking a Jets 26-yard field-goal attempt. It's another example of Jenkins' ability to make extraordinary plays for the Rams.

    Johnny Hekker got his first chance to punt, booting the ball 55 yards. Rams defenders were slow to cover the punt, and when it was fielded, nobody was around, allowing Kyle Wilson to return the punt 19 yards. The Jets tried to fool the Rams by faking on the ensuing punt attempt, but Laurinaitis stuffed the run and forced the Jets to turn the ball over on downs.

    A holding penalty negated Chris Givens' touchdown on a kickoff return at the end of the quarter. Again, the Rams can't afford these types of mistakes and expect to win the game.

    First Quarter: C

    Three Rams defenders missed tackles on the ensuing kickoff return after the touchdown, allowing Joe McKnight a 42-yard return. That ultimately led to three points for the Jets on a Nick Folk field goal.

    Johnny Hekker was called on a bizarre false start penalty on the extra point attempt, but it was no matter to Greg Zuerlein.


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    Overall: D+

    Fourth Quarter: D

    The fourth quarter was a microcosm of the entire game. The Rams would put together a couple of nice plays, but then turnovers, penalties or head-scratching incomplete passes would stall the offense's progress.

    Jeff Fisher had the Rams ready to play at the game's onset, but when the Jets made adjustments, there was no answer by Rams coaches. Sloppy play dominated the final three quarters, as the Rams slowly watched the game get out of hand.

    Third Quarter: D

    Nothing changed for the Rams when they came out for the second half. The Jets defense had all the energy and the Rams offense had no response. Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola were the only members of the Rams offense that played with any fire.

    Second Quarter: B

    Rams coaches had properly prepared for the Tim Tebow packages, allowing him only a one-yard run and a string of failed decoy running plays. The Jets tried a Tebow shovel pass on a fake punt but the Rams had their defensive starters on the field and blew the play up.

    There isn't much rams coaches can do when the offense turns the ball over and special teamers hold opponents. The Rams need to get back to the run game when play resumes in the second half.

    First Quarter: B

    The Rams came out ready to play today in the first quarter. The offense looked smooth and crisp, moving the ball with ease. The play-calling in the red zone was curious, as the Rams called for three pass plays inside the five-yard line. Steven Jackson was in a great rhythm running the ball, but the game plan called for Bradford to throw the ball against a weak Jets run defense. Like I said, curious.