But instead, it was the continuation of the same old road woes as Tampa Bay rallied for an 18-17 victory after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just 10 seconds remaining.
“I do like the fact that our team feels the way they do,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said at his Monday afternoon press conference. “The guys that have been around here a long time, this is a different feeling. Everybody should be upset that we lost. We basically let one get away that we could have, could have, won. To me it just makes us a more determined group. We should have the same confidence we had 48 hours ago in my opinion because that doesn’t change. We’re the same team.”
The Rams, who led 17-6 at halftime, have now lost their last six road games, going back to last year’s win at Detroit. They have won only one road game in their last 16. Since 2007, St. Louis has now lost 23 of 27 games on the road.
“The game was disappointing,” Spagnuolo said. “It was disappointing the way we played in the second half. We certainly felt like it was a game we could have won.”
That same team has struggled mightily in the second half recently.
The Rams were unable to score in the second half and have not scored a touchdown in the second half of their last three games. During that stretch, where the team is 1-2, St. Louis has been outscored 46-3 in the final two quarters during that stretch.
“It’s not one thing,” Spagnuolo said. “I told the guys in there, ‘Don’t be deep-thinking this thing.’ Should we have won the game 17-12, we would have won it because we would have made one or two plays somewhere in there. That’s how close it came down to and there wouldn’t be as big of questions. Do we have to get better in the second half? Yeah. But we looked at everything this morning: It is scheme? Calls? Did they make any major adjustments? I don’t think so, a couple little tweaks here and there. It’s a tackle here. It’s a completed pass there. It’s just simple football stuff.”