CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Line backer James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams sacks quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rams defeated the Browns 13-12. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Rams Offense Sputters In 24-7 Loss To Seattle

The St. Louis Rams host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon as they hope to win for the third time in four games.

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Rams Vs. Seahawks Score Update: Sidney Rice's Touchdown Grab Ties Game At 7-7

Tarvaris Jackson struggled mightily for most of the first half of the Seattle Seahawks’ contest against the St. Louis Rams, throwing two early touchdowns and being sacked repeatedly by the Rams’ overdriven defensive line, but he and Sidney Rice managed to connect for a touchdown, the wide receiver’s third TD reception of the year, tying the score at 7-7 midway through the second quarter.

The touchdown is Rice’s third of the year—and the perennially beleaguered Jackson’s first since Week 5, and seventh overall. It came after Donnie Jones’s sub-optimal punt put the Seahawks in great field position for the second time in as many attempts, and this time even Jackson could take advantage of it, throwing a bullet to Rice in the middle of the end zone.

The score emphasizes the Rams’ continued inability to take advantage of circumstances by actually putting points on the board—despite playing significantly better than the Seahawks on each side of the ball, they find themselves tied with eight minutes to go in the first half.


Chris Long Injury: St. Louis Rams Star Turns Ankle On Robert Quinn Sack

The St. Louis Rams could be without breakout star Chris Long for part of their contest against the Seattle Seahawks; he twisted it in an impressive play on defense that saw both Long and fellow defensive end, rookie Robert Quinn, chase the Seahawks’ Tarvaris Jackson down for another sack. Quinn, who earned the sack, landed on Long’s ankle, and the older DE got up limping on the play.

Early reports from the sideline suggest that Long’s ankle is only twisted; it was retaped, and he’s expected to return before the end of the game to continue haunting Jackson and the Seahawks’ porous offensive line. Long is on his way to a breakout season; in just nine games he’s half-a-sack from matching the career high of 8.5 he set in 2010, finally showing off the promise that saw him selected second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. The last thing the Rams need is another injury—luckily for their defense, it looks like this one isn’t serious enough to make Long the latest addition to the injured reserve.


Mark Clayton Fantasy Update: Clayton Makes First Reception For St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams activated injured wide receiver Mark Clayton—Sam Bradford’s security blanket before a devastating knee injury last year—prior to last week’s game, but he made his first reception of the season Sunday vs. the Seattle Seahawks, catching a ball just in front of the line of scrimmage out of the slot and taking it just shy of the first down marker in his first target of the game.

Clayton’s return comes just in time, with Greg Salas the Rams’ second slot receiver of the 2011 season to go down for the year after Danny Amendola’s season-ending injury in Week 1. If he comes out of the slot all year he’s likely to emerge as a useful second banana to Brandon Lloyd, catching five to seven balls a game over the middle when Lloyd, Austin Pettis, and Brandon Gibson aren’t available downfield. With the Rams’ tight end game not emerging as promised, the slot man is more important than ever in Josh McDaniels’s triaged offense.


St. Louis Rams Score: Robert Quinn Blocks His Second Punt, Rams Lead 7-0

Robert Quinn, the St. Louis Rams’ highly touted first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, hasn’t yet emerged as the dangerous pass-rusher he promises to be eventually, but he’s been a factor on special teams—Sunday he blocked his second punt of the season, breaking through the center of the line and diving forward to give the Rams’ another perfect piece of field position; they began their next drive, thanks to Quinn’s interference, just behind the 50-yard-line.

Quinn’s made three sacks and forced a fumble in part-time work during his rookie season. The three sacks put him behind Chris Long, his eventual partner-in-crime on the defensive line, for the team lead. (Long, the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, has eight, just half a sack away from tying his career high with much of the season still to come.)

The Rams weren’t able to do anything with Quinn’s bounty, but Steve Spagnuolo will no doubt keep Quinn’s special teams hustle in mind when it comes time to work out playing time for the rest of the season.


Rams Vs. Seahawks Score Update: Sam Bradford, Brandon Lloyd Connect For Touchdown Early

The St. Louis Rams’ bright spot in their much-maligned passing game continues to be the connection between Sam Bradford and newly acquired number-one wide receiver Brandon Lloyd; coming off an interception, Bradford had time to throw on second-and-long and took advantage of it for a score, burying a 30-yard line-drive into Lloyd’s pads for his fifth touchdown of the season and an early 7-0 lead on the Seattle Seahawks.

It’s a rare bit of early success for the Rams, who’ve found themselves deep in the hole both in the 2011 season as a whole and in most of its individual games. If the Rams can continue to victimize Tarvaris Jackson, Steven Jackson and Bradford could put this game out of reach early should they continue to play the way they have here.

Brandon Lloyd has put up big numbers since being reunited with Josh McDaniels’s offense, which made him into a marquee name with the Denver Broncos. The touchdown was his third in five starts since going to the Rams in trade.

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