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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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