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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:30 am

Ten games into the NFL season, it appears the St. Louis Rams aren’t making much progress from the start of the 2012 campaign.

After an encouraging result from last week’s tie at San Francisco, the Rams took a giant step back in their first home game in nearly a month with a 27-13 loss Sunday to the New York Jets (4-6).

The Rams (3-6-1) are 0-4-1 in their last five games and haven’t won since defeating Arizona at home Oct. 4.

“The Jets are also in the National Football League and you have to line up and play week in and week out against everybody, regardless of what’s happened to them in the past,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “We didn’t make the plays today, they did. They kept drives alive and took advantage of some things. We’ll give them credit and we just keep working.”

Not much went right for the Rams in any phase of the game.

Offensively, the Rams marched the ball down the field on their first possession and took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson.

But things went wrong from there.

Bradford was 7-15 passing for 38 yards over the next eight possessions, which included an interception and a fumble in Rams’ territory.

“It’s pretty tough after that opening drive. I thought we came out, we executed, and we did a lot of things well that first drive,” Bradford said. “Then after that it seems like we lost all rhythm that we might have had. If you don’t have rhythm, it’s tough to get things going.”

Overall, Bradford was 23-44 for 170 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

The Rams completed only two passes for over 10 yards.

“The problem was with blitz pickup, when they send extra guys, you’ve got to get rid of the football. The issue was they were fitting routes well and Sam was holding the ball. When the quarterback holds the ball with no place, that’s when the pocket collapses,” Fisher said. “I’m not faulting Sam. I’m complimenting the defense. That’s a tough defense to play against.”

Defensively, the Rams had success early, but couldn’t get off the field on a consistent basis.

“We didn’t force any turnovers on defense. We didn’t make any big plays to alter the outcome of the game here,” said Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis. “We knew that they were going to come out here and give us their best shot, give us a fight, because of all the stuff that’s been going on over there. Teams in the NFL don’t just fold, so we knew that they were going to come out and give us a fight. They forced turnovers. We didn’t. That was the tale of the ballgame.”

St. Louis’ defense hasn’t forced a turnover in five consecutive games, tying the NFL’s longest such slump since 1950, according to STATS LLC.

“It’s been too long since we’ve created turnovers. We’ve got to do our part,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long. “If the offense is struggling a little bit, you have to be able to try to negate that advantage for the other team. We didn’t do that today. We were close on a couple of plays, but it just didn’t happen.”

On special teams, the Rams had a kickoff return for a touchdown by Chris Givens called back due to a holding penalty.

If they play would have stood, it would have given the Rams a 14-13 lead late in the second quarter.

“I just saw the replay,” Fisher said after the game. “It looked like hands were inside. The player wouldn’t have made the play. When the player throws his arms up in the air like that sometimes it gets called. It didn’t look to me like it was an egregious hold. We’re not good enough to overcome those kinds of things. You don’t know what happens with the momentum change in that game if that works.”

Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow didn’t have much impact in the game. He carried the ball two times for minus five yards. He also completed a shovel pass on a failed fake punt attempt that went for minus one yard.

“To be honest, it’s tough to know exactly how the game is going to go and what plays are going to be called, how much of a role you’re going to have. It’s trying to be ready at all times,” Tebow said. “I just think you take it one day at a time and constantly work on improving.”

Mark Sanchez was 15-20 passing for 178 yards and one touchdown.

“I don’t know if it was the stadium, the calls, whatever it was, we were clicking on offense and that felt great,” Sanchez said. “The defense got us the ball. I just thought we were great. There’s a penalty here or there we’d love to clean up, but other than that we made some plays and it was nice.”

The Rams try to snap their five-game winless streak Sunday at Arizona (4-6) at 3:25 p.m.

“We’ve got to keep chucking wood. You’ve just to keep chopping away. These young guys have to learn and I’m going to try my best to teach them,” said Rams running back Steven Jackson. “Each and every week is a new game. Each and every game is going to be a tough fight regardless of who the opponent is, regardless of what the record reflects. It’s tough to win in this league.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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