Rams vs. Seahawks: 5 Things We Learned in Rams' 30-13 Loss
Things played out as expected Monday night. The Rams lost their 11th game of the year to Seattle 30-13.
The Rams were bad on special teams, and the offense was inept again. It isn't even frustrating anymore. It's sadly expected.
Here are five things we learned for the Rams' loss to Seattle on Monday Night Football.
Steven Jackson Is One of the Most Complete Players in the NFL
Steven Jackson did it all Monday night. He ran hard between the tackles. He shifted and darted outside the box. He caught screen passes for big gains out of the backfield. He also lined up in "Wildcat" formation in the third quarter!
Steven Jackson is a complete player. He doesn't need to be subbed for on third down. He can play in all situations.
It's a shame that his efforts for the past seasons are seemingly lost amidst the awful performances of the team around him. Jackson is probably a top-five back in the NFL, yet most analysts forget to mention him when talking about the best players at his position.
That's because the Rams are terrible. It's a shame.
The Roll Out Passing Game Doesn't Work
The Rams are pretty predictable offensively. Granted they lack weapons on that side of the ball. Combine that with Sam Bradford's current lack of mobility due to a bum ankle and you have a recipe for disaster.
The Rams' roll out passing game isn't working. Part of the reason it didn't work against Seattle is because the Rams could not establish the run. Without the run, the Seahawks were dropping seven or eight defenders and gave Sam Bradford nowhere to throw the ball.
The Special Teams Let Down the Team
Seahawks' receiver Doug Baldwin's punt block for a Seattle touchdown in the first quarter was not a good start for the Rams.
The special teams were bad, and they set a bad tone for the night. Combine that blunder with the solid kickoff returns for Seattle and you have a bad combination for the Rams.
If you're a bad team and you play poorly on special teams as well, you're asking to get beat like the Rams have been this year.
The Second-Half, Red-Zone Series Summed Up the 2011 Season
What a disaster the red-zone series were for the Rams.
In the third quarter, following a pass interference call on Seattle, the Rams had the ball at the 1-yard line. They seemed poised to score.
Except they didn't.
The Rams went with Steven Jackson in the "Wildcat" look on the first down. They pulled a guard, and the Seahawks destroyed the play. On second down, Bradford tried a play-action pass and was nearly tackled by the backside defense rusher for Seattle.
Bradford was called for intentional grounding as he threw the ball to no one. Then on third down, Bradford was forced to throw the ball away when no one was open in the end zone. The Rams kicked a field goal.
In the fourth quarter, the Rams again failed to score after Danario Alexander had the ball in his hands in the end zone. Seattle bailed out the Rams with a taunting penalty on third down. Steven Jackson was then able to punch the ball in.
However, these two series were not productive. Only a Seattle penalty saved the Rams.
This Is the Worst Era in Rams' History
The Rams are 29-80 the last five years. Mike Tirico from ESPN informed the national audience that if the Rams lose out the rest of this season, they'll have the worst five-year record since the 1930s in professional football.
Even if he's wrong, these five years have been ridiculous.
St. Louis football fans (if you're still there), this is the worst stretch in Rams' football history, no matter the city—Cleveland, LA or St. Louis.
Simply put: We're bad. We're really bad.