Biggs: Rams stumbling through another game
I was talking with a scout last week about the possibility of some of the current winless teams matching the 0-16 the Detroit Lions accomplished last season.
I submitted that the St. Louis Rams (0-4), fresh off their second shutout and on pace for 96 points this season, were a prime candidate. If you can’t score, you can’t win, and no matter how hard Steve Spagnuolo might have them playing on defense, it’s tough to find success. Remember, the Rams got a solid defensive effort at Washington and still lost 9-7.
“They were that close to winning one on the road,’’ the scout said. “You watch, Spags will get scheme well enough for them to win a game, a couple games. No problem.’’
The thinking wasn’t that the Rams would shock the world, or at least unbeaten Minnesota (4-0) today, but that the Vikings would be due for a letdown coming off their emotional victory Monday night over the Green Bay Packers.
So much for that idea, so far any way. The Vikings are ahead 17-3 a little more than midway through the second quarter.
Let’s count the ways the Rams have worked to screw this thing up:
1. Steven Jackson fumbled at the goalline when he didn’t get a handoff from Kyle Boller, ruining a 90-yard drive.
2. Boller has fumbled allowing Jared Allen to score on a 52-yard return touchdown.
3. Danny Amendola fielded a punt at his own 6-yard line and promptly fumbled, lucky that the Rams recovered at the 14. Of course, the most penalized team in the league was then backed up by an illegal block in the back call.
4. Richie Incognito has been called for tripping.
5. After the Rams got a field goal following a busted red zone effort, Quincy Butler was called for a horse collar tackle of Percy Harvin on the ensuing kickoff. That’s the same Butler who had a San Francisco punt go off his leg into the end zone for a 49ers touchdown last week. That penalty helped put the Vikings in range for a long Ryan Longwell field goal.
My point, teams that make these types of mistakes are not poised for a turnaround. Of course, there is plenty of time left in this one.
UPDATE: The Rams' third straight trip inside the 10-yard line just ended in a fumble by tight end Daniel Fells.
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