I want to preface this post by emphatically stating that I’m in a fantastic mood. Maybe I need to be a colossal naysayer week after week when it comes to Rams games.
I figured Arian Foster of the Houston Texans would have a big game against the Rams’ defense, and he did, piling up 141 yards on the ground, but his big play never translated to any significant scoring. Sam Bradford tossed three touchdown passes, no turnovers, no sacks, Zac Stacy started his first game at running back for the St. Louis Rams and ran for 79 yards, linebacker Daren Bates returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown and rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree picked off TJ Yates (who entered the game for the injured Matt Schaub, who the classy Texans fans cheered for when he left the field) and took it back 98 yards to the house.
The Rams beat the Texans 38-13 in Reliant Stadium. The Rams once led 38-6. Yes, you read that correctly. What a way for the Rams to prove me wrong or the Texans to confirm how awful they are. There is no reason the Texans should be this bad. Up to this point they’ve suffered no significant losses (injuries). The team is virtually the same as the one from last year, but the locker room is evidently pervaded with tension from Matt Schaub’s poor play and massive letdowns. They are now 2-4 while the Rams have improved to 3-3.
Alec Ogletree should seriously be a defensive player of the week contender. He recorded 10 tackles, 7 of ’em solo and, of course, that huge 98-yard pick-6 on Yates.
Chris Long, who’s had a quiet season, showed up today as well with a sack, and James Laurinaitis recovered a fumble. Also, I should most definitely mention second year defensive tackle out of LSU, Michael Brockers, who stepped it the hell up with two sacks and six tackles on the day.
Before the Rams disappoint me next week, I just want to say that I’m so proud of this bunch for walking into Houston and proving yours truly wrong. They must be inspired by the championship level play of the baseball team!
My number one takeaway from this game: the Rams finally have a little bit of a running game with Zac Stacy. Also, judging by the stats (turnovers notwithstanding), the Texans outplayed the Rams. Goes to show how stats can be deceiving.
The Rams play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte next week, a game that will be a huge challenge given how much better the Panthers are playing than the Texans (as of this very moment with momentum in consideration). The Rams’ win over the Texans was by no means a dominating performance overall. Outside of leading the game by 32 points late into the fourth quarter, Arian Foster still ran for 141 yards. A lot of things to improve upon, or at least I can hope they improve on going forward.