Originally posted on Rams Herd  |  Last updated 9/11/12

Beware, adjective overload to follow shortly.

The St. Louis Rams played one of their most inspired, passionate, hard-nosed games fans have seen in a while in Motown this past Sunday. The final two minutes not withstanding. However, the defense of the St. Louis Rams made a statement that should not be ignored . 

The defense was in midseason form against Detroit. This is a unit that I believe was the best thing about this team headed into the opener. Even without coordinator Gregg Williams on the sideline, I was confident about this group because of their combination of mental toughness and speed in the secondary. 

All in all this was a statement game for St. Louis, and they came to play. Defense was the name of the game throughout, especially in the third quarter. Only three points were scored, and the St. Louis secondary shut down Stafford on a few key third downs. 

Rookie cornerback and steal of the draft, Janoris Jenkins set the tone in the first quarter. In what was looking like a dominating first drive from Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense, Detroit had the ball inside the Rams' 5-yard line. Stafford dropped back to throw, and immediately let one loose towards tight end Tony Scheffler. Scheffler was a step too far behind the ball, and Jenkins had his first interception in the NFL. 

That kind of defense so close to the goal line is what the Rams needed to gain momentum. 

Moving on to the second quarter, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, the linebacker who signed with the Rams in April, and shortly thereafter earned himself a starting job on the weak side showed why. Dunbar and  the rams picked Stafford once again deep inside St. Louis territory. Stafford went back to throw, and looked towards Dunbar. The only problem was, he didn’t know it. Dunbar jumped the route near the sideline and intercepted the Lions QB for the Rams' second pick of the day. 

Interception No. 3 three was one to remember. Using St. Louis Rams recent history as a reference point for of course.

Heading into the matchup Calvin Johnson figured to have a Fantasy field day. Cortland Finnegan, who stands at 5'10", was slated to cover the All-Pro wide receiver. It was obvious to the Rams coaching staff that they would have to send double and sometimes triple coverage Johnson’s way. 

With just over a minute-and-a-half to go before halftime, the Lions had the ball at their own 23. Detroit led 7-6 and needed a quick spark before the half. Stafford dropped back in shotgun, just as apparently clairvoyant commentator Tim Ryan began to comment on Stafford’s accuracy issues on the day…he had some problems with his accuracy. 

The 2009 No. 1 overall pick out of Georgia fired one to the right sideline, where Johnson was seemingly uncovered. Finnegan was about five yards away from Johnson when the pass was thrown, but was able to sprint to the sideline and reel in his first interception as a Ram. He took the pick back 31 yards for the touchdown, and St. Louis led 13-7. 

It was the first pick-six on the road for the Rams since 1999. 

Finnegan was the star of the defense in this game, notching nine tackles and an assist. 

In the end, the defense was gassed by Stafford’s ability to force the ball down their throats on that final drive. However, the toughness and timeliness of the defense in certain spots kept this team in the game until the final seconds.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Thomas Davis suspended two games for hit, will appeal

Shea Weber 'shut down' by Canadiens with foot injury

Donald Penn out for season, will miss first games of his career

Brady won't comment on alleged rift between trainer, Belichick

NFL says referee did nothing wrong by using index card

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Colin Kaepernick wants to buy the Carolina Panthers

John Skipper resigns from ESPN over substance addiction

Seahawks likely to move on from ‘Legion of Boom’ after season

Report: Darren McFadden swindled out of $237 million

Jackson admits Kizer could be benched before end of season

Jerry Richardson selling Carolina Panthers amid investigation

The 'Marvin Lewis can't lose' quiz

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

A holiday shopping list for each MLB team

Catching up on the biggest stories of the young NBA season

Top takeaways from NFL Week 15

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

With Ezekiel Elliott returning, can the Cowboys realistically make the playoffs?

Studs and duds so far in NBA season

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Catching up on the biggest stories of the young NBA season

The 'Marvin Lewis can't lose' quiz

A holiday shopping list for each MLB team

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker