St. Louis Rams thumped by Arizona Cardinals for fifth straight loss

The St. Louis Rams couldn't keep up with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and were handed their fifth straight loss.

ST. LOUIS — Perhaps the question and answer session with St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher following his team’s latest loss best sums up the current state in the Gateway City. 

The Rams’ 27-3 loss to the visiting Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome was their fifth straight defeat, dropping them to 4-8 on the season and leaving everyone searching for solutions. 

A reporter told Fisher during the press conference he was almost out of questions.

“Hey, you know what?” Fisher responded. “The coach is almost out of answers.”

“My responsibility is to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get this thing fixed,’” Fisher added. “I mean, we’re not efficient on offense. We have too many good players. We’ve got guys that can produce. We have an outstanding running back and we have a dynamic receiver. We’re starting to get a little better on the offensive line and so we’ll keep working. But it has to get better. It’s not good.”

No, not it’s not. 

The Rams finished off the 2014 campaign with three straight losses, meaning they are 5-11 over their past 16 games. 

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“We’re getting what we deserve,” Rams defensive end Chris Long said. “We’re not playing well enough to win on either side of the ball and we’re getting what we deserve.”

“It’s disappointing,” Rams running back Todd Gurley said. “Everybody’s disappointed, frustrated, embarrassed. We practice hard — it just hasn’t been paying off.”

The Cardinals (10-2) have won six straight games and controlled Sunday’s contest from start to finish. 

Arizona racked up a season-high 524 total yards, which was also the most St. Louis has allowed this season, with quarterback Carson Palmer throwing for 356 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Rams were held to a season-low 212 total yards and converted just one of 12 tries on third down (eight percent). They rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries, with Gurley gaining 41 yards on nine attempts — though 34 of those yards came on one third-quarter run.

Quarterback Nick Foles, starting for the second straight game in place of Case Keenum, completed just 15 of 35 passes for 146 yards with one interception and a QB rating of 43.3. 

Foles has just one touchdown pass in his last six games and his QB rating has dropped in each of the last four games, going from 101.9 (in the Rams’ last win, against the 49ers) to 68.7 to 53.0 to 49.9 to 43.3 on Sunday, which was his second lowest of the season. 

The quarterback said afterwards he’s never gone through a stretch like this. Then he was asked how he performed against the Cardinals.

“Not good,” Foles said. “I mean, I have to complete the ball. I just have to keep working. Got to keep working. That’s all I can say. That’s my answer: keep working.”

The Cardinals scored on their first series, converting two third downs in the process, capped off by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to rookie J.J. Nelson. 

Arizona added to its lead with a 33-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro with 6 seconds remaining in the second quarter, giving the Cardinals a 10-0 lead at halftime.

The visitors gained gained 245 yards in the first half, compared to just 82 for the Rams. St. Louis gained just six yards rushing on nine carries in the first half, with Gurley rushing six times for seven yards.

A 34-yard run by Gurley on the Rams’ second series of the second half led to a 35-yard field goal by fill-in kicker Zach Hocker to cut the lead to 10-3 with 11:30 remaining in the quarter.  

The Cardinals answered that field goal with two touchdown drives.

They capped off a 98-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to running back David Johnson. Then Kerwynn Williams broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run to make it 24-3.

Catanzaro added a 29-yard field goal with 4:09 remaining. 

“You never go in expecting to lose and you never prepare all throughout the week to lose, that’s why you see a lot of heads down,” Rams punter Johnny Hekker said. “We’ve got guys that work hard and apparently we can work harder, so we’re going to get back on Monday and do everything we can as a team to stop this losing skid and really prove that we can be a football team. Because we’ve got a lot of guys in this locker room that aren’t losers and we’re kind of sick of it. We have to just get that taste out of our mouths with hard work and a win come next Sunday.”

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