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QB Austin Davis - St. Louis Rams

6-2, 221Born: 6-2-1989College: Southern MississippiDrafted: ---

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Week 9: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Austin Davis threw 21/42 for 236 yards, one TD and one interception vs. San Francisco three weeks ago, and took five sacks for -20 yards. Since then, he's lost promising wideout Brian Quick and starting LT Jake Long for the season. Given he took five sacks with Long in the saddle three weeks ago, this matchup looks grim for Davis. He was rocked for seven sacks and -44 yards at Kansas City last week, and travels to San Francisco for this game. 15/25 for 160 yards, one TD and one interception were his totals at Kansas City last week. Kenny Britt (five targets for 2/52/0 receiving) and Stedman Bailey (three for 2/33/0) were Davis top receivers last week - Lance Kendricks handled the score with one target for 1/1/1. Yawn. The 49ers have allowed an average of 221.1 net passing yards per game this year (eighth in the NFL), with 13 passing scores offset by seven interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL), and 12 sacks generated to date (23rd in the NFL). Last time around the block, Peyton Manning blasted this group for 22/26 yielding 318 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions - but Austin Davis is no Peyton Manning. Advantage, San Francisco.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at PHI 29 49 375 3 0 3 30 0 2
6 vs SF 21 42 236 1 1 1 -1 0 0
7 vs SEA 18 21 152 2 0 2 -2 0 0
8 at KC 15 25 160 1 1 1 1 0 0
9 at SF PROJ-Dodds 22 34 * * * 2 * * *
9 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 21 34 * * * 2 * * *
9 at SF PROJ-Bloom 21 36 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SF (21 / 42 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Davis started the game hot. He led the Rams on two scoring drives to begin the game. On his first drive, he hit Cook over the middle on a slant and Cook ran for 42 yards. On the third drive, Davis ran a nice play-fake and hit a wide open Lance Kendricks in stride for a 22 yard TD to give the Rams a 14-0 lead. Late in the half, Davis led the Rams on a drive that will prove to be the turning point of the game. Davis hit Britt on a deep comeback for a first, then threw a ball to Cook on a shallow cross. Cook made some very impressive cuts after the catch, but was called for a ridiculous offensive pass interference penalty that ended the drive and completely swung the momentum. In the first half, Davis looked calm and collect. He stepped up in the pocket, avoided the rush, made plays, and had faith in his targets. In the second half, everything turned around. As the 49ers made their move on the offensive side of the ball, they tightened up on defense. Davis looked quite shaky in the second half. The strategy of just throwing the ball up and giving his WR's a chance, didn't work against San Fran. He threw an out pattern that was almost intercepted on the left side. Then he threw a jump ball to Pettis, who tipped it in the air and watched as it was almost intercepted. On his next possession he avoided pressure, threw the ball deep downfield a few times, and wasn't close to completing anything. In fact, he failed to complete a single pass in the second half until 4:15 in the fourth quarter. On a late 4th quarter drive, he did lead the Rams downfield for a field goal, but he completely overthrew Jared Cook on a play that would have possibly given the Rams a touchdown. Then on his own ten with a minute left, Davis threw a pick 6 as he tried to force things across the middle to Britt that ended the game. It was one of many really bad second half throws, and it clinched the win for San Fran. Overall, Davis did some things early that you have to like. He showed nice first-half poise. But that poise crumbled in the second half as the pressure of both the SF line and of trailing in the game got to Davis. He was simply unable to make anything positive after the adversity of a bad first-half call swung the momentum. Late in the game he completed a few passes, but also threw another near INT. Davis has to learn to see the entire field and throw to the open guy. It's one thing to let your guys make plays, but throwing inaccurate passes under pressure to guys that are double-teamed is going to work out poorly most of the time. You have to remember that he's a young QB and could still improve. The problems in this game came when San Fran dialed up the pressure. San Fran is also a very good and veteran defense that troubles a lot of good QBs. Unfortunately for Davis, it doesn't get any easier next week against Seattle.

2014 Week 7 vs SEA (18 / 21 / 152 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

After an awful second half against the 49ers, it was widely assumed that the Seahawks would pick up where the 49ers left off and continue harassing Davis into int's and mistakes. The Rams leaned on their run game to start the game, and thanks to solid running and a big kickoff return, got an early TD. On the next possession, Davis hit Quick over the middle, drew a pass interference call on a deep ball to Quick, and then threw a nifty shovel pass to Cunningham for a TD. After that, Davis really didn't get a lot of opportunities for the rest of the half. In fact, over a long stretch from the middle of the 2nd quarter until the end of the 3rd quarter, he only attempted 2 passes. With 4 minutes in the 3rd, Davis led the Rams on a solid drive that flipped field position, burnt clock and forced a punt. But Seattle continued to press. With 9:44 left, Davis got the ball deep in his own territory clinging to a 2 point lead. Austin Davis did a superb job on this crucial drive, hitting Quick on a deep 19-yard comeback. Seattle was after him, but he continued to escape the pocket and make big plays. He moved to his left, kept his eyes downfield, and hit Kendricks for 13 yards. He avoided a few sacks on this drive, and then hit Givens slanting across the middle and toward the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Then he capped it off with a TD across the middle to Kendricks to put the Rams back on top. On the Rams final drive, they really needed to hold the ball and get a first. Davis started well, by avoiding a sack, rolling right, spinning and then improvising on a toss to Cook that got the Rams close to a first. Overall, Davis played mistake-free football against a great defense. He looked very poised in this game, showing no fear and not forcing things. The gameplan was heavily slanted towards the run, but Davis was extremely accurate, going 18 for 21. Yes, he didn't put up big numbers, but he kept the chains moving, and made huge plays when he needed to. In previous weeks, Davis had begun to get into the habit of throwing the ball up for grabs to his big receivers. This was not part of the gameplan against Seattle. Davis took what the defense gave him and continued to find the open man wherever he was. When Seattle pressured him, he got out of the pocket, continued to keep his eyes downfield, and threw it to guys that were open. With two tough defenses out of the way, it will be interesting to see how Austin Davis progresses in upcoming weeks as the schedule gets a bit easier.

2014 Week 8 vs KC (15 / 25 / 160 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

The Rams came out of the gate charging, and Davis picked up where he left off last week by leading the Rams on a TD drive on the first series. Davis avoided pressure and threw a perfect deep ball to Kenny Britt for 43 yards. On the goalline, Davis scrambled to the right, threw across his body and hit Lance Kendricks for a one-yard TD and the Rams were off and running. The Chiefs must have realized after that first possession that they could get to Davis, because they continued bringing the heat and attacking Davis. The fairytale beginning turned into a nightmare on the next drive. Davis threw an ill-advised deep ball into double coverage and it was intercepted. Davis was sacked 7 times, and the pressure caused him to become extremely inaccurate on his throws. After the first drive, the Rams didn't have a significant drive again until the end of the 4th quarter when they were down 34-7 and the game was over. Even that drive, however, ended in a sack, which epitomized the entire game for St. Louis. To make matters worse, Davis lost his LT, Jake Long for the year with an ACL injury late in the third quarter. It was that kind of day for Davis and the offense. There aren't many positives in this one, but we've seen Davis have this kind of performance before, in the second half of the 49ers game. He came out of that one ok, but one of two things has to happen for Davis to be successful in future weeks. Either the line needs to do a better job of pass protecting, or they need to move to shorter, quicker hitting routes. Because the long-developing pass plays that they've been running over the past few weeks are getting Davis killed back there.


Latest News

Rams | Brett Favre endorses Austin Davis (Wed Oct 22, 01:13 PM) - St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis was 18-for-21 for 152 yards in the team's Week 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks, and former QB Brett Favre thinks Davis could be special in the league. 'Not to sound off my rocker, but (Davis) -- in my mind -- can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. (Brian) Hoyer as well,' Favre said. Davis' 86 percent completion rate against the Seahawks was the highest accuracy mark against a defending Super Bowl champion (minimum of 20 passes). It was also the second highest completion percentage against the Seahawks.

Our View: Of course he does! Those Southern Mississippi quarterbacks have to stick up for each other! Davis broke alot of Favre's records from college, and he's taken that gunslinger style to the pros. The young quarterback has gone through some bumps this year, and he's nothing more than a desperation addition for fantasy owners.
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