Steven Jackson had never rushed for 100 yards in a game against the Cardinals until yesterday. However, it was not enough to pull off an upset as the Rams lost 21-13 on Sunday. Steven Jackson also became the 1st running back in franchise history with 5 consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons breaking Eric Dickerson's record of 4.
The Rams offense was one dimensional yesterday. The passing game failed to help the Rams out. Marc Bulger looked awful. He was 19 of 37 for 215 yards and one interception. Bulger also had two fumbles but the Rams recovered both. Down eight points the Rams had multiple chances late in the 4th quarter to possibly tie the game. The best opportunity came on the on the Arizona 7. The Rams turned the ball over on downs, as Bulger was inaccurate on consecutive passes. I also thought the routes the receivers ran were not sufficent either. The Rams had better success rushing the ball. Steven Jackson rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries. His 1 yard touchdown run brought the Rams to within 8 haflway through the final quarter.
The defense for the Rams was a tale of 2 halves. In the 1st half Kurt Warner had success burning the secondary. Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald each had a touchdown recpetion and 8 receptions each. Tim Hightower had 110 yards rushing on 14 carries while Beanie Wells added 74 rushing yards. The Rams did force 2 turnovers as they recovered a pair of fumbles. The Cardinals were held to 0 points in the second half after they scored on 3 consecutive possessions in the first half. Kurt Warner wasn't in the game the second half as he suffered a head injury. The Rams caught a break by having Matt Leinart come in. He wasn't able to get the dynamic offense of the Cardinals on the scoreboard.
Next Week the Rams their third consecutive home game against the Seattle Seahawks week 12.