There was quite a lot that went wrong for the St. Louis Rams in their 23-6 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The offense wasn't clicking, the defense couldn't stop the Bears enough to keep the score close down the homestretch, and the playcalling seemed to go out of whack near the end of the game as the Rams seemingly gave up on running the ball. Steven Jackson wasn't having his best day, picking up only 29 yards on 11 carries as he returned from a groin injury.
Rams blog Turf Show Times was confused as to why the Rams gave up the run so easily, especially since it had provided them with an early score to keep the game competitive:
The Rams' most successful drive of the game was a 10-play, 39-yard possession in the third quarter, one that ended with a 46-yard field goal to maintain a competitive game at 10-6. Take away the kick, and four of the nine plays were on the ground with Steven Jackson carrying the ball four times for 17 yards.
And notice the sequencing of it too. The drive started with two short runs that set up a 9-yard pass to Chris Givens. They ran it two more times, with Jackson rushing for 13 yards on the first play after Givens' catch, his best run of the game. Those two runs set up a 12-yard pass to Mulligan, the tight end.