The St. Louis Rams, in their first game under new head coach Jeff Fisher, experienced some ups and downs in their Week 1 loss. The Rams defense, which had been so stout in the first half, allowed two late touchdown drives by Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense to end the game with the drives totaling just four minutes and 11 seconds.
Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times, SB Nation's Rams blog, feels that it was the uneven nature of the game that cost St. Louis the chance for an opening day win.
The Rams would have never been in the game without an incredible first half from the defense. They picked off Matthew Stafford three times, including a pick six from Cortland Finnegan. They struggled in the second half, most notably on Detroit's winning drive. Detroit put together two drives of 160 yards and two touchdowns, totaling 4 minutes and 11 seconds, to end the game.
Sam Bradford and the offense struggled in the first half, but played much better in the second half. When was the last time you could say that about a Rams team? The problem with that is, that it left things so close. Getting just six points on the first two Stafford interceptions was inexcusable.
Van Bibber also feels that on a team that is essentially making a fresh start under Fisher, there's plenty to feel encouraged about on such a young roster.
Disappointment aside, fans should walk away from this one secure in the knowledge that this is finally a competitive team. With 17 rookies on the roster, the ups and downs are going to be regular part of the season and the Rams still lack the roster for a realistic shot at double-digit wins.