4:15 PM ET, December 17, 2006
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Five more turnovers, a seventh straight loss and a third shutout this season.The Oakland Raiders that Al Davis built with a "commitment to excellence" are now perhaps the worst team in the NFL.
The St. Louis Rams forced the Raiders out of their game plan. By controlling the clock and the line of scrimmage, the Rams used the effective running skills of RB Steven Jackson and the skillful receiving play of Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt. The Rams know that Jackson is key to their success and made sure to get him the ball as much as possible.
The St. Louis secondary played well against Oakland receivers Ronald Curry and Alvis Whitted and took them out of the game. Raiders QB Aaron Brooks (above) was pressured into making bad decisions by the constant pressure of the Rams' defensive line. Brooks was later replaced by Andrew Walter, who was just as ineffective.
The Raiders were unable to capitalize on St. Louis mistakes, which showed the offensive ineptness that has plagued the Raiders all season long.
With the Tampa Bay-Chicago early game going overtime, the first half was played at a brisk pace with the only commercial break before the 2-minute warning coming at the end of the first quarter. ... Rams RG Adam Timmerman also missed the game with three broken ribs, ending his streak of playing in 184 consecutive regular-season games. ... Jackson, who has 82 catches on the season, was held without a reception.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.1||4.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||1:53||Jeff Wilkins 24 Yd |
Drive: 15 plays, 85 yds, 7:34
|FG||13:04||Jeff Wilkins 34 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 72 yds, 6:57
|TD||4:46||Steven Jackson 4 Yd Run (Jeff Wilkins Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 24 yds, 1:46
|TD||4:49||Steven Jackson 19 Yd Run (Jeff Wilkins Kick) |
Drive: 1 plays, 19 yds, :06