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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:00 pm

There was little progress shown for the St. Louis Rams between their first two preseason games.

After a loss to Cleveland in their preseason opener, the Rams took the field at the Edward Jones Dome Saturday night, falling to Green Bay, 19-7.

“I don’t feel like we saw that, but you look at the tape and hope you can find some things,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said of any improvement from the first two games.

Keeping things plain schematically for the preseason, the Rams had issues with missed tackles, converting third downs, turnovers and penalties.

Defensively, the Rams had 12 missed tackles in the game, eight of which came from the first-team unit.

The Rams had seven missed tackles in the Cleveland game.

“We had one-on-one situations and you need to finish the play. So we’ll look at it. Those things get corrected,” Fisher said. “I thought overall last year we were a good tackling defense and we’ve got to do better than we did today.”

The Rams’ defensive players agreed that the tackling needs to improve.

“We should have that ingrained in our heads to know how to tackle. We’ve got to shoulder the football and just tackle. It wasn’t good enough tonight,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long. “It’s a preseason game. Had we tackled early on and shut them out, we wouldn’t be gloating on a great performance. We’d just say we need to work harder and get better, and I’ll say the same.”

Offensively against Green Bay, the Rams were 1 for 14 on third down conversions and missed on all three of their fourth-down tries.

“Everyone saw there’s a lot of things we need to get cleaned up. We’re a long way from where we need to be by the time week one gets here,” said Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. “We’ve still got a couple of weeks. We’ll look at the tape, figure out exactly what needs to be corrected. Everyone in this locker room knows that we’ve still got a lot to prove.”

The Rams also lost the ball on a fumble at the Packers two-yard line.

“I just didn’t secure the snap. It’s on me. I’ve got to make sure I get the ball first before I get out of there, and secure it,” Bradford said. “Obviously that’s unacceptable. We can’t have that happen. That’s really what costs us games. When we get down there, we need to score.”

The Rams were called for nine penalties for 52 yards. Much of those penalties were before the snap, such as illegal formation and offsides infractions.

“There’s an emphasis on it this preseason and it’s good that it came up. We’ll get it resolved,” Fisher said on the illegal formation penalties. “The players were frustrated at the process. Normally if the tackle starts to get back a little bit, he’s warned and then the next series they usually, if you don’t adjust, then they’ll penalize it. We can get those fixed.”

On a positive note, Bradford completed eight of 12 passes for 156 yards, including a long of 57 yards to Chris Givens.

“There were a lot of good things. We were able to generate some explosive plays, which is always nice to see. That’s an area we’ve struggled with the past couple years,” Bradford said. “I think we had three explosive plays in the first 20 plays of the game, which is great.”

Newcomers Jared Cook and Tavon Austin also got involved in the offense.

“As an offense, there could be a lot better things done. That’s just up to us to do it as players. At times we’ve got to step up and do the big things. Everything’s going to be on our shoulders,” Cook said. “From here to the start of the season to the end of the season, we’ve got two weeks to get it together. We have to focus on the little things that are going to make us better, and that’s going to get the job done.”

The Rams return to action Saturday at Denver at 7 p.m. The final preseason game is set for Thursday, Aug. 29, at home against Baltimore at 7 p.m.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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