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Rams take care of business in Arizona

December 5, 2010

After falling behind 6-0 midway through the first quarter the St. Louis Rams scored 19 unanswered points against the Arizona Cardinals to improve their record to 6-6 and stay in first place in the NFC West.

The Rams rode the 28-carry, 102-yard  performance of Steven Jackson to win their second straight road game after losing their first four road games this season. Jackson’s 27-yard third-quarter touchdown romp was his first since Week 10 and the only touchdown of the game.

The St. Louis defense held three Arizona quarterbacks to only 119 yards passing and a completion percentage of 38 percent. Arizona’s starting quarterback, Derek Anderson, was benched in the fourth quarter after completing only seven of 20 passes. His backups weren’t much better. Max Hall went one-for-three and was taken out of the game with an arm injury after one of four St. Louis sacks. John Skelton had two first-down completions but only went three-for-six for 45 yards in limited action.

The Rams overcame Sam Bradford’s worst game since Week 5, as the rookie quarterback threw for 187 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, but he was helped out by Josh Brown, who was perfect with his four field goal attempts.

The good:

  • The Rams proved they can win consecutive road games. It was the first time they did that since Weeks 10 and 11 in 2007.
  • SJ39 had his first 100-yard game since Week 7.
  • Josh Brown’s four field goals. Makes of 28, 52, 20 and 43 helped Brown rebound from a somewhat bad Week 12.
  • The Rams defense molested all three Cardinals quarterbacks and didn’t allow any big plays in the passing game. It’s not that noteworthy, but if it would’ve happened, it wouldn’t have been a good sign.
  • The Rams winning behind SJ39 and the defense and not having to rely on Bradford’s arm for the first time in a long time.
  • Danny Amendola’s 26-yard kick return average and 27-yard punt return average.

The bad:

  • The Rams’ second-half playcalling, again. The Rams went conservative for most of the fourth quarter, but due to the Cardinals’ complete lack of competence, they didn’t have to worry about anything.

The ugly:

  • Arizona’s quarterback situation.
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