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Rams Run Past Chiefs, Win Governor’s Cup

August 28, 2011
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Steven Jackson was impressive in the Rams’ third preseason game, gaining 72 yards on the ground.

The third preseason game in the NFL is the closest you will get to real football all preseason. It is the final game before the first round of required cuts, and is commonly referred to as a “dress rehearsal” for the 16-game regular season. After struggling on offense for most of the game against the Titans last week, the Rams got rolling from the start thanks to Steven Jackson. Jackson began the game with a 25 yard run on the first play of the game from scrimmage. “We definitely wanted to come out and set the tone for the game, get into a rhythm for the offense, especially the running game,” SJ39 said. “We really wanted to get out and set a tone.” The Rams’ definitely accomplished that goal, scoring 14 points on their first two drives and never looking back. Jackson finished the game with 15 carries for 72 yards, averaging almost 5 yards per touch. The passing game for the Rams’ was also in sync Friday night. Sam Bradford started the game with eight straight completions, good for 76 yards and two touchdowns to Mike Sims-Walker and Lance Kendricks. The only blemish Bradford had all night was an interception in the second quarter. The Rams’ defense was impressive, holding the Chiefs’ explosive runningbacks to just 14 yards total on the night. The passing defense did not fare quite as well, giving up 251 yards through the air, but the Rams’ D held Kansas City on third downs well. The Chiefs converted only 3 of the 14 third down opportunities. The Rams’ 14-10 lead was threatened in the final minutes by a Chiefs’ drive in the redzone. But after getting three consecutive stops, the Rams’ blocked a field goal attempt by the Chiefs and never gave the ball back. The next few days will prove interesting around the NFL as the first round of required cuts must be made by Tuesday. The Rams’ still have two position battles still very much alive: outside linebacker and wide receiver. Brady Poppinga and Ben Leber both started at OLB and were impressive, giving them a shot at being the starters at the position. That would mean some difficult cuts would have to be made, possibly including either Zac Diles or Brian Kehl. At wide receiver, no one had a spectacular performance, although Donnie Avery had a nice night with 2 receptions and Mardy Gilyard brought in three completions. The most interesting component of the wide receiver battle at this point is the no-show of rookie Austin Pettis, who did not have a catch all night.

-KG

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