Rams vs. Jets: St. Louis' Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 11
The Rams had all the momentum in the early goings after a Brandon Gibson touchdown, but turnovers and inept offensive play were the primary culprits in their painful loss.
St. Louis has not experienced a win since its Week 5 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, so the early-season buzz over the new and improved Jeff Fisher Rams is rapidly fading.
The Rams will shift the focus next week to their second matchup of the season against Arizona, but for now, here are the winners and losers from Sunday's loss.
RB Steven Jackson
After rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco last week, Jackson was able to cash in another solid performance against New York with 81 rushing yards.
Jackson is showing he still has plenty in the tank and that the Rams don't need to export half his carries to Daryl Richardson.
With Jackson's recent surge in production, he's keeping alive the possibility of an eighth-consecutive 1,000-yard season.
WR Brandon Gibson
Brandon Gibson modestly recorded just three catches for nine yards, but two of those catches were in the end zone for touchdowns.
Rams' receivers have not been reliable inside the 10-yard line this season. They desperately needed someone to step up and show some physicality in the end zone, and Gibson got it done.
DE Chris Long
After recording just four sacks in the first eight games, people were beginning to wonder if Chris Long forgot how to take down the quarterback—or if Robert Quinn was just stealing all this thunder.
The defense did not have a good game overall, but Long was able to rediscover his pass-rushing skills and take down the quarterback on two occasions.
QB Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford had a phenomenal performance on the road against San Francisco last week, resulting in 275 yards and two touchdowns against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
The game against the 49ers could have been a turning point for Bradford, who is still trying to consistently show the league why he was a No. 1 overall draft pick. Instead he regressed and had a modest performance against the Jets.
The offensive line and receivers certainly deserve a share of the blame, but Bradford needs to take responsibility.
Bradford's interception was a bad throw in a dangerously tight window, and it's surely a pass he wants back.
Also, he missed a wide-open Chris Givens in the first half of the game. It would have surely resulted in a touchdown, but Bradford completely ignored the opportunity.
Bradford has to be better than what we saw today, and the doubters will be out in full force until he can show consistency.
The defense is beginning to look weak and timid in comparison to the feisty defense we saw in the first five games of the season.
Overall, the St. Louis defense kept the New York ground game in check statistically, but the Jets' ability to pick up chunks of yardage in ideal situations was painful.
And as for the pass defense, there's no excuse for a quarterback of Mark Sanchez' caliber completing 75.0 percent of his passes.
The defense had a chance to pin their ears back and lay waste to an inept, in-over-their-head offense, but instead the joke was on them.
Hopefully, Rams fans can put the blame on the team being physically and emotionally exhausted from the San Francisco showdown last week.
But whatever the excuse, the team must improve next week.
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