TSX: Rams Report Card

The St. Louis Rams lost again on the road on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. See what grades The Sports Xchange gave the Rams for that performance.


PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Wide receivers caught just seven passes for 55 yards and the Rams had just 56 passing yards in the second half. QB Sam Bradford missed some throws he normally makes, and in one third-quarter sequence, he had three straight incompletions. He averaged just 9.7 yards per completion.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-plus -- RB Steven Jackson totaled 110 yards, and his 5.0-yard average per carry was higher than usual. Backup Kenneth Darby contributed 19 yards on four attempts, and a 21-yard end-around to WR Danny Amendola helped set up a touchdown. Jackson, Darby and Keith Toston combined for 136 yards on 28 carries (4.9 average).

PASS DEFENSE: C-plus -- The grade would have been better had the defense been able to stop the Bucs and QB Josh Freeman on the final drive. Beginning the final possession, Freeman had completed 13 of 26 passes for just 134 yards. On the touchdown drive, Freeman was 10-for-14 for 78 yards, including the winning 1-yard touchdown pass to Cadillac Williams, and he ran for 8 yards. He converted two third-down passes and one on fourth down for first downs. Near the end of the first half, Freeman ran for 16 yards on third-and-16, which set up a 39-yard field goal.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Rams stopped Williams (four carries for 12 yards), but had trouble tackling LeGarrette Blount. He had one attempt for 6 yards in the first half and 10 for 66 in the second half, when he often carried defenders for additional yardage.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus -- Danny Amendola had a 36-yard kickoff return, but a punt return into Tampa Bay territory was negated by a penalty on TE Billy Bajema. Coverage was solid. P Donnie Jones had his second consecutive below-average game. Normally an excellent pooch punter, Jones had two punts in the fourth quarter from the Tampa Bay 45- and 42-yard line that gave the Bucs possession on the 18- and 19-yard line, respectively. They were 27- and 23-yard punts.

COACHING: B -- Using two timeouts at the end of the first half was questionable when, even had the Rams stopped Tampa Bay, their field position likely would have been poor. Generally, the coaching was fine. In close games on the road, players have to execute and win their matchups, and that didn't happen in the second half.

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