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August 17, 2013

Rams improve on offense in loss to Packers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams’ young offensive unit made some strides in a preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The improvement just didn’t translate into points on the scoreboard.

“When you start looking at individual performances particularly as they relate to some younger guys improving from one week to the next, you become encouraged,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said on Sunday. “There were some good things in there.”

The Rams amassed 327 yards on 63 plays, an average of 5.2 yards per play, in their 19-7 loss on Saturday. Yet they were unable to score until Austin Davis hit Nick Johnson on a 26-yard scoring toss with 58 seconds left in the game.

St. Louis moved the ball effectively at times but made too many mistakes late in drives. Quarterback Sam Bradford and the first team marched the ball into Green Bay territory on three of four possessions. The Rams were stopped on fourth down on one drive, Bradford lost a fumble on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line, and Greg Zuerlein missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt on other possessions.

The Rams were 1 for 14 on third down and 0 for 3 on fourth down. They also committed three turnovers.

“We have to correct the mistakes and point out the good things that happened,” Fisher said. We have to continue to keep the pressure on this football team, especially this week, from a preparation standpoint and an improvement standpoint.”

St. Louis put together several big plays on offense. Bradford connected with Chris Givens on a 57-yard pass on the first play of the second possession. Bradford also hit tight end Jared Cook for 37 yards.

“We were able to generate some explosive plays, which is always nice to see,” Bradford said. “That’s an area we’ve struggled with the past couple years.”

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