Call this team the road crew. They dig a hole, try to fill it up, and move on to the next stretch of road. Last week the hole was 11 points deep in the fourth quarter; this week they dug themselves a 21-0 hole on the road, and found themselves in over their heads.
Like Sam Bradford with his passes, you can stand in the center of this game and spread the blame around. Our pass rush couldn't disrupt Matt Ryan's timing. Our pass coverage gave up too many big plays. Our special teams committed too many costly penalties. Our running game suffered with the lack of a feature back. Our skill players weren't in sync with Bradford.
That is a lot of dirt to fling around.
And yet, the Rams stormed back in the second half to make a game out of what should have been a blowout win. The Rams spread out and got to work on offense and proved themselves as explosive as the much-touted Atlanta Falcons. The difference on the scoreboard boiled down to the Rams' one offensive mistake -- a pass off the hands of Daryl Richardson that Osi Umenyiora caught and turned around, sprinting 60-plus yards for a touchdown.
It was heartening to see this team care so little about passing blame during that game. After all, that's our job.no comments