St. Louis Rams look to ground Steven Jackson in uneasy reunion
- Updated: September 13, 2013
The up-and-coming St. Louis Rams (1-0) travel to the Georgia Dome to face former Rams great Steven Jackson and the Atlanta Falcons (0-1). Kickoff for this game, which will be broadcast on FOX Sports, is at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Last week the Atlanta offensive line struggled mightily against what was thought to be an average New Orleans Saints defensive line, whereas the St. Louis defensive line had a very successful day against the Arizona Cardinals.
After watching the offensive line collapse in the second half, some observers have written the Falcons off, arguing that they lack enough talent at the tackle positions to be a credible Super Bowl contender. Certainly, weaknesses along the line put franchise quarterback Matt Ryan at risk. The problem is that any quick fix will likely remove the deep threat from the game plan, effectively hamstringing what was one of the most potent offenses in the NFL last season.
Just as they did in Matt Ryan’s rookie year with Michael Turner, the Atlanta Falcons will heavily on running back Steven Jackson to grind out the yards, hoping to open up play action for the occasional deep bomb when opportunity presents itself. In concert with Atlanta’s young defense, this scheme may buy the front office enough time to patch up the offensive line and make it at least serviceable enough for a playoff run.
Although it’s hard to make sweeping judgments from one week of action, it would seem that Atlanta now has the defense they have been seeking. They got some penetration up the middle on run plays and put pressure on Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The young corners batted balls away and demonstrated sure tackling. Rookie cornerback Robert Alford snagged the first interception of his career and looks to make a lot more plays as the season wears on.
St. Louis defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn must be licking their chops after watching last week’s game tape, as offensive tackles Sam Baker and Lamar Holmes were flat out whipped for most of the second half. Quinn recorded three sacks in the Rams’ come-from-behind win.
The front seven will get pressure on Ryan, who will be in for a long day if his line has no answer for the pass rush.
Cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins are experienced and talented, but they will be going up against wide receiver Julio Jones, who appears to be ready to start after resting this week with a sore knee.
Rejuvenated offensive attack
Fourth-year starter Sam Bradford has had his up and downs, much like any young quarterback in the NFL. He has never had many weapons to work with, other than Steven Jackson and some average wide receivers and tight ends.
Now that he has some real receiving threats in rookie Tavon Austin and tight end Jared Cook, we may see Bradford finally become the quarterback we all expected to see when he left Oklahoma. Then again, the loss of Jackson leaves St. Louis scrambling to find a rusher who can also be a receiving threat out of the backfield.
Atlanta has its fair share of problems right now: injuries, poor line play, and in general, looking a little out of sync. Nevertheless, between Julio Jones, tight end Tony Gonzalez, and Steven Jackson, they still have enough talent on offense to complement a defense that usually excels against pocket passers with average to above-average weapons in the skill positions.
The Rams will make a few plays and keep this game close, but in the end the Falcons have too much firepower to contain and will outlast the Rams.
Final score: Atlanta Falcons 24, St. Louis Rams 16
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