The Rams had to figure it would be an uphill battle against a quickly improving Jets defense, especially without their best offensive player, Steven Jackson. The Jets' front is strong enough to hold down any of Jackson's backups, so they could then put their emphasis on stopping the passing game.
And the whole thing just turned into a disaster. Let us count the futility, bullet-point style:
-- Five turnovers, zero takeaways. You can't win a football game with a minus-five turnover ratio on any level.
-- The Rams were outgained 206 to 80 on the ground.
-- The Jets scored more points on defense than the Rams did on offense.
-- Jets' rookie tight end Dustin Keller -- who entered the game with only 147 receiving yards -- outgained the entire Rams receiving corps.
-- Thomas Jones shredded the Rams abysmal run defense for 149 yards and three touchdowns.
There's more ...
-- Marc Bulger was lifted from the game, for futility or to spare him further embarrassment. Either way, he looked awful.
-- The 44-point margin was the highest in the history of the Jets franchise. They aren't exactly the Jags or Texans, either. That's a long history.
I could keep going, but that would be a waste of time. Almost as much as the three-plus hours any Rams fan wasted watching this atrocity today.
It's not all bad, though -- punter Donnie Jones averaged 51.8 yards per punt. Woohoo!
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