Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys is sending St. Louis Rams fans leaping from the bandwagon in droves. If you're one of those fans considering making that jump, you might want to consider looking at the Rams circumstances from all angles.
Bad News: The Rams are 1-2 after two straight road losses.
Good News: It's still only three games into the season and both losses have come to teams who are NFC playoff contenders. Winning on the road in the NFL is tough. Ask the Green Bay Packers, who share the Rams' 1-2 records with two road losses to playoff contenders. There's a lot of football left.
Bad News: The Rams are going from the frying pan to the fire with defending NFC champs San Francisco coming to St. Louis on a short week.
Good News: The Niners are also 1-2, and after dropping a 27-7 decision at home to Indianapolis, are in a bit of disarray. Aldon Smith is facing a suspension, Vernon Davis missed Sunday's game with an injury, and LB Patrick Willis left Sunday's game with a groin injury. The Colts may have provided a blueprint for stopping the Niners (more on that Wednesday). In short, the Niners have a dumpster fire of their own to tend to.
Bad News: St. Louis' running game is non-existent. Sunday's 35 yard effort and 2.9 yards per carry isn't going to cut it. Daryl Richardson's foot issue doesn't look like it's getting any better. Do the Browns have any more running backs they're looking to give away?
Good News: Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham weren't that bad Sunday, all things considered. Pead didn't put the ball on the ground and had a nice 11 yard gain. The bigger concern for the running game is the relative lack of push coming from the interior line. That's been a consistent problem through the first three games.
Bad News: The play calling has been atrocious on offense and defense. Clearly Jeff Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer don't want to run a no-huddle offense, but they're going to have to do something to pick up the tempo of the offense before getting down three scores. On defense, the Rams continue to give huge cushions to opposing receivers, inviting patient opponents to casually work their way down the field. Until Sunday, at least the Rams were defending the run well.
Good News: Ummm…uh…I got nuthin.
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