So, how good are the St. Louis Rams? They started the 2015 season with an impressive victory over the Seattle Seahawks, but they went on to lose to the Washington Redskins in week two and score only 6 points in week three against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Yet in week four they again surprised the pundits with a win over the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
The Rams had their first round draft choice Todd Gurley on the field for the first time and he proved to be a very good addition. He gained 146 of his total 148 yards in the second half and he had a 52-yard run that set up the Rams winning touchdown, a 12-yard pass from Rams QB Nick Foles to receiver Tavon Austin with 8:16 remaining.
Foles threw for three touchdowns, two after Cardinals’ turnovers and the Rams defense held the Cardinals to four field goals out of five times in the red zone.
The Rams first score came after Cardinals rookie David Johnson fumbled the opening kickoff. It was the first time the Cardinals had ever trailed in a game this season. The Cardinals final score was based on five Chandler Catazaro’s field goals of 21, 27, 42, 38, and 29 yards and one touchdown.
The Cardinals got their only touchdown when Carson Palmer hit Johnson with a 19-yard pass with 4:38 left.
The Cardinals had a third and 2 at the Rams 43 yard line in the final minutes of the game, but Carson Palmer overthrew receivers on consecutive plays and had to turn the ball over to the Rams on downs.
It was only the fourth loss for the Cardinals in the last 19 home games and Palmer’s first lost in 10 starts. He finished with 29 completions on 46 attempts for 352 yards. RAMS 24 CARDINALS 22
And what is wrong with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? The guy who got the 49ers to trade Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs and the one who brought the 49ers to the brink of the Super bowl just a few short years ago has been experiencing a terrible year.
Against the Green Bay Packers in week four he threw his fifth interception in two games and has been leading an offense that has scored only 28 points in three games.
Packer’s linebacker Clay Matthews sacked Kaepernick in the third quarter and then added insult to injury when he kissed his right bicep like Kaepernick does at the end of the play. Kaepernick was sacked a total of six times and was sacked on consecutive plays in the first half.
Kaepernick finished with 13 completions on 25 attempts for 160 yards and a passer rating of 55.4. Running back Carlos Hyde was able to gain only 20 yards on eight carries.
Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown and ran for 17 yards to set up a big second-half score. Receiver Richard Rodgers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass at the end of the game’s first drive that was one of a total of five catches for him and Randall Cobb also caught five passes. Eddie Lacy rushed for 90 yards and converted two fourth downs.
The faithful watching the game at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the 49ers, booed Kaepernick and his play has resulted in many calling for him to be benched. He has completed only three passes at least five yards beyond the line of scrimmage. For the first four games he has completed 72 passes on 116 attempts for 727 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. In addition, he has been sacked 14 times. PACKERS 17 49ERS 3
The Detroit Lions and their fans are screaming, “foul,” after the referees blew a call on a controversial play that helped the Seattle Seahawks claim a victory on Monday night.
The play went down like this. The Lions are on the verge of finishing off a 91-yard drive for a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball from the arm of Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. As the ball was bouncing around in the end zone Seahawks’ linebacker K.J. Wright illegally batted the ball out of the back of the end zone. The referee ruled a touchback and gave the ball back to the Seahawks. Actually, batting the ball out of the end zone is a penalty and the referee should have given the ball to the Lions on the Seahawks’ one-yard line.
The controversial play and call came after Lions QB Matthew Stafford engineered a 91-yard drive. He made clutch throws including a 22-yard pass to Golden Tate on third down that got the ball to the Seahawks 46-yard line with three minutes left. Running back Ameer Abdullah then rushed for nine years and then Stafford hit tight end Tim Wright on a 26-yard pass that brought the ball down to the Seahawks’ 20-yard line with 2:30 remaining. The lions reached the Seahawks’ 11 and then on a third and one play, Stafford hit Johnson, who fumbled the ball as he stretched across the goal line and Chancellor knocked the ball free.
Stafford finished with 24 completions on 35 attempts for 203 yards.
Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson was harassed all night as the Seahawks’ O-line failed to protect him again. He was sacked six times, but still managed to throw for 287 yards and rush for 40 yards. Wilson had to use all of his athleticism to avoid the rush and hit Jermaine Kearse for 34 yards in the second quarter and then hit Doug Baldwin for a 24-yard touchdown on the next play. SEAHAWKS 13 LIONS 10.
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