As the St. Louis Rams enjoy a week off, they get a chance to watch the rest of the league play this weekend, and heal as well. When looking at the current standing and the backend of the schedule, five of the eight remaining games are on the road. If the Rams can remain healthy and with some luck, they have a shot at winning the NFC West Division.

The Rams current record is 4-4; let’s take a quick look back at a few of the first eight contests. Oakland Raider game slipped away with stupid penalties and mistakes on special teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer game was taken from them with only 10 seconds remaining. It was a tough way to lose, but the character formed and the lesson learned that day in 90 degree temperature in Florida, will help them in the coming weeks as they battle down the stretch.


9/12/2010 L 13- 17 Arizona Cardinals
9/19/2010 L 14- 16 at Oakland Raiders
9/26/2010 W 30- 16 Washington Redskins
10/3/2010 W 20- 3 Seattle Seahawks
10/10/2010 L 6- 44 at Detroit Lions
10/17/2010 W 20- 17 San Diego Chargers
10/24/2010 L 17- 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10/31/2010 W 20- 10 Carolina Panthers
11/14/2010 @ San Francisco
11/21/2010 Atlanta
11/28/2010 @ Denver
12/5/2010 @ Arizona
12/12/2010 @ New Orleans
12/19/2010 Kansas City
12/26/2010 San Francisco
1/2/2011 @ Seattle

While SJ39 Steven Jackson carries the load, there is a new leader that has taken charge, who has command of the huddle and has earned the respect of all the veterans. A quiet leader that only needs to give his teammates a look in the eye, a nod of the head, while leading the men in the Blue and Gold, it is the “Big Easy” Sam Bradford. The rookie quarterback is playing extremely well. Offensive Coordinator Pat Surmur and Quarterbacks Coach Dick Curl are doing a remarkable job with this young talent. Force feeding him the offense from day one was not going to be an issue for Sam. He is an extremely articulate, bright young man that has no issues learning or retaining football information, when asked about the first half of the season Bradford replied “football is the easy part, it is the mental part of the game that is a true challenge”.

Defensive Coordinator Ken Flajole, has dialed up an impressive first half of high pressure, punch them in the mouth defense with aggressive blitz packages that have thrown all quarterbacks they faced off balance, and out of rhythm. James Hall, Chris Long and James Laurinaitis have led this young defense, I feel the best is yet to come.

Listed below are the Rams statistics of the first half of the season


Passing Att Cmp Yds Cmp% Yds/Att TD TD% Int Int% Long Sack Lost Rating
S.Bradford 292 171 1674 58.6% 5.7 11 3.8% 8 2.7% 49 17/ 102 75.9
Team 292 171 1674 58.6% 5.7 11 3.8% 8 2.7% 49 17/ 102 75.9
Opponents 294 171 1894 58.2% 6.4 9 3.1% 8 2.7% 56 23/ 165 76.3
St. Louis Opponent
Total First Downs 156 149
Rushing 44 38
Passing 94 96
Penalty 18 15
3rd Down: Made/Att 50/122 39/109
3rd Down Pct. 41.0% 35.8%
4th Down: Made/Att 4/8 2/5
4th Down Pct. 50.0% 40.0%
Possession Avg. 31:56 28:04
Total Net Yards 2421 2511
Avg. Per Game 302.6 313.9
Total Plays 543 500
Avg. Per Play 4.5 5.0
Net Yards Rushing 849 782
Avg. Per Game 106. 97.8
Total Rushes 234 183
Net Yards Passing 1572 1729
Avg. Per Game 196.5 216.1
Sacked/Yards Lost 17/102 23/165
Gross Yards 1674 1894
Attempts/Completions 292/171 294/171
Completion Pct. 58.6% 58.2%
Had Intercepted 8 8
Punts/Average 42/45.7 39/43.8
Net Punting Avg. 39.7 36.5
Penalties/Yards 53/457 72/507
Fumbles/Ball Lost 7/4 18/7
Touchdowns 14 13
Rushing 3 2
Passing 11 9
Returns 0 2
Score By Periods Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Pts
Team 34 57 17 32 0 140
Opponents 6 59 33 43 0 141
Scoring TD Ru Pa Rt PAT FG 2Pt Pts
J.Brown 0 0 0 0 14/14 14/18 0 56
S.Jackson 2 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 12
M.Clayton 2 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0 12
D.Fells 2 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0 12
K.Darby 2 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 12
D.Amendola 2 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0 12
B.Gibson 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6
M.Hoomanawanui 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6
D.Alexander 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6
L.Robinson 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6
Team 14 3 11 0 14/14 14/18 0 140
Opponents 13 2 9 2 12/12 17/19 0 141

2-Pt. Conversions: Team 0/ 0, Opponents: 0/ 1
Sacks: J.Hall 6.5, C.Long 4.5, C.Ah You 2.0, L.Grant 2.0,
J.Laurinaitis 2.0, F.Robbins 2.0, G.Selvie 1.5, O.Atogwe 1.0,
D.Vobora 1.0, J.Cudjo 0.5 Team: 23.0, Opponents: 16.0

Rushing No. Yds Avg Long TD
S.Jackson 172 676 3.9 42t 2
K.Darby 27 86 3.2 13 1
K.Toston 14 32 2.3 8 0
S.Bradford 16 22 1.4 11 0
D.Amendola 1 21 21.0 21 0
M.Karney 3 6 2.0 2 0
M.Clayton 1 6 6.0 6 0
Team 234 849 3.6 42t 3
Opponents 183 782 4.3 36 2
Receiving No. Yds Avg Long TD
D.Amendola 45 379 8.4 36 2
M.Clayton 23 306 13.3 39 2
D.Fells 20 188 9.4 36 2
B.Gibson 18 228 12.7 33 1
S.Jackson 17 169 9.9 49 0
L.Robinson 12 75 6.3 16 1
B.Bajema 7 65 9.3 18 0
M.Gilyard 6 63 10.5 21 0
K.Darby 6 54 9.0 21t 1
M.Hoomanawanui 6 44 7.3 15 1
D.Alexander 5 78 15.6 38t 1
M.Karney 4 10 2.5 4 0
F.Onobun 2 15 7.5 8 0
D.Johnson 0 0 0 0 0
Team 171 1674 9.8 49 11
Opponents 171 1894 11.1 56 9
Interceptions No. Yds Avg Long TD
O.Atogwe 2 34 17.0 34 0
B.Fletcher 2 32 16.0 28 0
J.Butler 2 13 6.5 16 0
J.Murphy 1 19 19.0 19 0
J.Laurinaitis 1 4 4.0 4 0
Team 8 102 12.8 34 0
Opponents 8 136 17.0 65 1
Punting No Yds Avg Net TB In Lg B
D.Jones 42 1918 45.7 39.7 3 19 63 0
Team 42 1918 45.7 39.7 3 19 63 0
Opponents 38 1710 43.8 36.5 4 10 64 1
Punt Returns Ret FC Yds Avg Long TD
D.Amendola 21 7 208 9.9 42 0
M.Gilyard 0 1 0 0 0 0
Team 21 8 208 9.9 42 0
Opponents 21 6 191 9.1 53 0
Kickoff Returns No. Yds Avg Long TD
M.Gilyard 16 356 22.3 34 0
D.Amendola 11 251 22.8 36 0
K.Toston 4 75 18.8 20 0
M.Karney 1 17 17.0 17 0
L.Grant 1 8 8.0 8 0
B.Miller 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team 34 707 20.8 36 0
Opponents 31 839 27.1 105t 1
Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
J.Brown 0/0 5/6 6/8 3/3 0/1
Team 0/0 5/6 6/8 3/3 0/1
Opponents 0/0 6/6 5/5 5/7 1/1

Fumbles Lost: C.Ryan 1, D.Amendola 1, M.Gilyard 1, S.Bradford 1 Total: 4

Opponent Fumble Recoveries: F.Robbins 1, J.Butler 1, C.Dahl 1, C.Ryan 1, C.Long 1, L.Grant 1, B.Fletcher 1 Total: 7

The St. Louis Rams have a great challenge in front of them. Starting with San Francisco on November 14th , it will be the most pivotal game of the season, as the 49er’s look to fight their way out of a huge hole, the Rams want the Divisional lead. Look for Sam Bradford and SJ39 along with a tough and aggressive defense compete under Coach Spagnuolo and staff, as the work to grab their first road victory of the season.