Passes Keep Rams in the Game
Had the Chiefs started the second half with their usual ball-control, running-play strategy, they might have lost the lead and, eventually, the game.
For two of Green's touchdown passes were thrown in the third quarter.
And those touchdowns were going to give the Rams the lead, 28-27, if the Chiefs had opted for ball-control plays instead of downfield passes in that quarter, and if, for whatever reason, they had failed to sustain such a drive.
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Can Green Keep Them Alive?
As for Green, the question in St. Louis this week is whether he can keep the Rams alive while Warner's broken finger mends.
And on the evidence of the Kansas City game, the high-powered Ram offense won't miss a beat with Green in control in San Francisco Sunday.
Although he hadn't played much for years, Green's passes were on target from the first.
His one interception in 30 minutes, on a day when Warner threw two interceptions in the first 30 minutes, could be explained on the following grounds:
After scoring with a 31-yard pass on an 87-yard touchdown drive---Green's first regular-season drive since his days as a Washington Redskin long ago--he was probably a bit overconfident and doubtless an eye-blink slow reading the field.
Against the two-deep Kansas City defense, Green perhaps should have realized that his best chance was for mid-range passes, not bombs.
He'll know that next time.
He'll keep the Rams moving.
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Rams Have Another Faulk
An latimes.com reader, Jim York of Nashville, notes that when and if running back Marshall Faulk slows down, the Rams can move an even faster back of the same type into their lineup.
"The young man is Trung Canidate, their first draft choice this year," York says, referring to the 192-pound Arizona sprinter who has been injured most of the season.
York, who saw Canidate in a Ram scrimmage with the Tennessee Titans last July, adds: