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Rams Come Away With Win, Players Not Satisfied

August 21, 2011
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Rams WR Brandon Gibson runs to the endzone for a touchdown on a 83-yard pass from Sam Bradford.

The Rams second contest of the 2011 preseason looked a lot more like preseason football than their first game vs. the Colts. Mistakes were made, defensive assignments were botched. But if it provides any consolation being that it’s preseason, the Rams finished the game with the score in their favor 17-16. “Did we come away with a win? Yes, we did,” Rams center Jason Brown said. “But did we move the ball like we wanted to? No, we did not. There’s going to be a lot of teaching points and a lot of criticism and constructive things we can learn from this game.” The Rams will head back to the practice field this week to prepare for their matchup at Kansas City vs. the Chiefs next Friday. And the players acknowledge there is plenty to work on. “Nothing we saw was anything new,” Bradford said. “We had seen all those blitzes in practice, we could have picked those up. We know what we need to work on.” The Rams scored on the first offensive play of the day, with Sam Bradford connecting with receiver Brandon Gibson for a 83-yard touchdown score. But the rest of the first half was dominated by Tennessee as the Titans took a 16-7 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Rams came back within two points following a touchdown pass from backup quarterback A.J. Feeley to receiver Donnie Avery. The Rams defense was solid in the second half, led by second or third string players. On what turned out to be the final possesion of the night, Thaddeus Lewis, the Rams third-string quarter back, and Greg Salas, the sure-handed rookie receiver, led the Rams into field goal range. With five seconds left, Rams kicker Josh Brown booted a 42-yard field goal as time expired, after the Tennessee coaching staff attempted to ice the kicker.

-KG

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