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Despite taking a loss on Monday Night Football, the St. Louis Rams’ offense had the New York Giants’ defense on the ropes.
St. Louis ran a no-huddle, hurried-up offense that led a Giants player to eventually topple to the turf and sparked a national debate about faking injuries.
The Ravens were watching, and they’ve already talked about the Rams’ no-huddle offense, Head Coach John Harbaugh said.
“It’s something they’ve done both games so far and they’ve done it really well,” Harbaugh said. “So, the ability just to get the communication done and get lined up, all those things are going to be really important.”
Harbaugh said the Ravens will particularly practice their communication this week. He explained that it’s difficult to practice, however, because they also want to work on getting the right look, both offensively and defensively.
Sometimes the offense can help the defense by speeding up things, but “you really can’t replicate it in practice at this time of year,” Harbaugh said.
The Rams broke out their no-huddle offense twice on their first drive against the Giants. They ran for four yards once, then were incomplete on a pass, and put the no-huddle away.
It came back out in St. Louis’ second drive, and worked better that time. The Rams didn’t huddle for five plays that went for a combined 52 yards. Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford completed passes of 26 and 17 yards in the no-huddle offense.
The Rams marched down to the Giants’ 7-yard line and had a second-and-2, but were halted there when Giants safety Deon Grant and linebacker Jacquain Williams suddenly dropped to the turf.
Grant remained down and the game – and the Rams’ offensive momentum – had to be stopped. The Rams didn’t get another yard and had to settle for a field goal.
The series has been a frequent source of debate recently, with media pundits calling for a way to stop faking injuries. Currently, there are no rules in place because it cannot be determined whether it was a real injury or not.
“Should the league office determine that there is reasonable cause, all those suspected in being involved in faking injuries will be summoned promptly to this office in New York to discuss the matter,” the memo said. “Those found to be violators will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the game. Discipline could include fines of coaches, players and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices.”