By David Demarco, Editor
In a grudge match of Super Bowl XXXIV, the Rams fell to Jeff Fisher’s former Titans to a score of 28-21.
In response to a disruptive pass rush led by Kendall Langford’s two sack outing, Chris Johnson stepped up and carried the Titan’s offense with a 150 yards topped off with two touchdowns. The Titans abused the poor run defense of the Rams finishing the game with 198 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
Rookie Zac Stacy put on a show of his own for the second week in a row. While quietly making a case for Rookie of the Year, Stacy racked up 178 total yards on 33 total touches, keeping the Rams in contention. To compliment Stacy, Kellen Clemens played as well as the Rams could expect. With a single touchdown and zero interception performance, Clemens managed the game effectively and made some key throws when necessary, his only fault coming on a single lost fumble.
The Rams were able once again to win the battles in the trenches, sacking Titan’s quarterback Jake Locker four times. The mixture of William Hayes, Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Kendall Langford constantly penetrated the Titan’s line and kept Jake Locker under pressure every time he dropped back. The fierce pressure helped force a pair of interceptions, including one to former Titan Cortland Finnegan.
With both teams firing back and forth, the game was tied with just a few minutes remaining. The Titans put the game in the hands of Chris Johnson and it paid off, with a 19 yard touchdown run with just under three minutes remaining. The Rams were unable to put anything together on their final drive and lost their second straight home game.
The Rams are now 0-2 since losing Sam Bradford to a season-ending torn ACL. That 0-2 record is not far from 2-0 assuming a few plays go the other way against two playoff contending teams. In spite of losing Bradford, the Rams are improving every single week on both sides of the ball. While the season might be lost on paper, the improvements on the field are a sign of a promising future for the St. Louis Rams.