Midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s 28-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Rams appeared headed for their third home victory of the season and a positive start to the second half of schedule. Instead, the Rams were saddled with their first loss of the year when holding a second-half lead.
The loss overshadowed a standout performance from rookie RB
“That was a great run, that’s what he’s about,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said of his rookie running back. ‘AP’ (WR
“As I anticipated, we expected Kellen to get better in Week 2, in his second start,” Fisher said. “We’ve got to try to avoid throwing the ball at the end zone on the last play of the game to win or tie like we have the last couple of weeks. That means you’ve got to play better within the first three quarters.”
Much of the difference on Sunday came in the form of Titans RB Chris Johnson, who established a season-high with 150 yards rushing on 23 carries, and scored the game’s decisive touchdown with a 19-yard run off right tackle with just 2:54 remaining in the game.
The performance by Johnson came one week after the Rams’ defense had its best game of the year against the run, holding Seattle to just 44 yards on the ground last week.
“You set a benchmark and then you don’t meet it as a group—frustrating things,” DE
-Stacy established a career-high with 178 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, which included career-highs in receptions (6) and receiving yards (51).
-Stacy scored the Rams’ first rushing touchdown of the season with 9:37 remaining in the second quarter. He would add his second score of the day and third of his career on a nine-yard run with 5:51 left in the third quarter.
-A week after establishing a season-high with seven sacks against Seattle, the Rams collected four more in the first half on Sunday. DT