Gurley makes his 1st NFL touchdown! Photo Credit: Casey Ray
Victory for the City of St. Louis
Browns 6 Rams 24
By Kasey Mcknelly @Cmcknelly
G-U-R-L-E-Y! G-U-R-L-E-Y! G-U-R-L-E-Y! That was what the crowd was chanting most of the second halfÂ of the Rams game on Sunday in St Louis. I literally had to stop, turn around and absorb what was goingÂ on.
I have really good seats but when I arrived atÂ Edward Jones Dome on Sunday I took a walk to theÂ upper level where the loud and rowdy fans typically sit. I looked out across the Dome and couldnâ€™tÂ believe what I saw. I was shocked at how empty the Dome was. The numbers say that there wereÂ 51,550 tickets distributed but it is estimated approximately 40,000 were in attendance. I was actuallyÂ very sad. It hit me at that moment that after this game there could potentially ONLY be 4 home gamesÂ left in St Louis, period.
I have not talked about the possibility of the Rams leaving St Louis because I donâ€™tÂ like to talk about things that I am not involved in but at that moment I was deeply sad. I walked to myÂ seat in section 113 row A on the 50 yard line behind the Rams and enjoyed one heck of a game fromÂ start to finish.
The game opened no less than perfect with a forced fumble by the dominating defenseÂ that lead to a touchdown by 4 year undrafted FS Rodney McLeod.Â This was McLeodâ€™s first TD in the NFL and his first TD since playing in high school. This started things rolling for the Rams.
I am not going to goÂ into how dominating this defense is because I will sound like a broken record. It is pretty much theÂ same story every week. I want to make just a few key points.
Mark Barron has had to step in to a newÂ role for the Rams since the injury to LB Alec Ogletree.Â Barron, by design, is a SS and has been playing LB.Â He has made an amazing impact in the LB position. He had 19 tackles on Sunday, 2 TFL, 2 FF, 1 pass breakup and 1 QB hit; I would say he is making the transition quite well. Undrafted DT EthanÂ Westbrooks, a second year, also reached a milestone on Sunday by getting his first sack on Sunday.
TheÂ Rams played well as a FULL team on Sunday. Coach Jeff Fisher will say that we are not there offensivelyÂ yet but are further than we were expected to be. The team has had to make some adjustments in the offensive line with the season ending injury to G Rodger Saffold in Green Bay, but the line played veryÂ well on Sunday allowing QB Nick Foles more time to make better plays.
We all know that RB ToddÂ Gurley can run the ball, catch the ball, block, and pretty much do whatever he needs to do. HeÂ continues to have amazing football IQ. Sunday was Gurleyâ€™s first home start in the NFL. It also markedÂ his very first NFL touchdown (and his second). Gurley continues to set NFL records and make himself aÂ household name. I wonâ€™t run down the list as I am sure that everyone is already aware, if you have readÂ anything at all. Gurley is everywhere.
The Rams seem to have a dynamic offensive duo. Todd andÂ Tavon, TNT. I am referring to WR Tavon Austin. Austin has always been talked about for his amazingÂ speed with the ball. This year is seems that the offense is making better use of hisÂ speed with better route running, but on Sunday you saw Austin playingÂ football downfield WITHOUT the football in his hands. Austin was making blocks. What?? Let me sayÂ that Austin is listed at 5â€™8″ and 178 pounds. He had to be putting every ounce of body weight into those blocks. Austin might have an advantage with the speed. He is able to make a block and then move quickly to theÂ next whereas some of the bigger guys struggle to make moves that fast.
In addition to the win last Sunday, on Thursday RB Todd Gurley was named NFL Rookie of the month and punter Johnny Hekker was named NFC Special Teams Player of the month. I guess you could say thatÂ the Rams are rolling along pretty well right now.
The crowd may have been small on Sunday but the noise was anything but. The Browns had 4 penaltiesÂ that they say were attributed to the fan noise in the Dome. St Louis LOVES the Rams. Sunday was aÂ TEAM victory, it was a fan victory and it was a victory. KEEP THE RAMS IN ST LOUIS.