For the second straight week, the St. Louis Rams took a lead into the final two minutes of Sunday's game. However, this week's finish proved to be much more favorable as the Rams defense and Redskins wide receiver Joshua Morgan sealed the deal.
Sam Bradford and Danny Amendola were the two biggest driving forces behind Brian Schottenheimer's offensive explosion. For the first time since the 2006 season, the Rams put together 450 yards of total offense as a team. Bradford surpassed the 300-yard mark for only the fourth time in three years and Amendola set personal bests in just about every receiving category.
He caught 15 balls on 16 targets, piled up 150 yards receiving and caught a one-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter. After a performance like that, there's no question that No. 16 is still Bradford's favorite target.
A surprising sight was how well St. Louis managed to run the football after a woeful performance last week in Detroit. Against the Lions they only managed a three-yard per carry attempt as Steven Jackson had no running room between a beat up offensive line. And even though that offensive line was a bit more beat up after this week's game, it didn't stop their rushing attack from going over 150 yards as a team.
The most impressive part is that they put up the big numbers with Jackson on the bench for the entire second half. Supposedly, a groin injury kept Jackson out of the game, but I feel that may be a cover-up for the fact Coach Fisher was displeased with his temper tantrum that cost the team 15 yards on a 3rd-and-goal play in the second quarter.
Regardless, the Rams averaged 5.6 yards per carry and rode rookie running back Daryl Richardson down the stretch. Richardson is a seventh-round draft pick from Abilene Christian in Texas. He had over 100 yards of total offense as a fill-in for SJ39 and scored a two-point conversion on St. Louis' go- ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Rams played about as well as expected considering there were some pretty questionable calls, especially in the first half. Robert Griffin III proved in Week 1 that he is a handful, so when I saw that they limited him to 288 yards, I was floored. In comparison to last week, Steve Spanguolo's defense allowed him to pile up 346 yards of total offense on his own.
Chris Long and the rest of the defensive line only sacked him once, yet he was pressured and the pocket was pushed back more often than not. One of the four quarterback hits forced Griffin into throwing an errant pass to Fred Davis, which ended up being picked off by Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan's pick was his second in as many weeks.
James Laurinaitis proved his contract extension before last week's game against Detroit was well worth it as he was the Rams' leading tackler for the second straight week. His 10 total tackle performance gives him 19 through two games.
Greg "the leg" Zuerlein kept his perfect streak in tact as he knocked through three more field goals. I was hesitant about St. Louis in the offseason when they let both kicker Josh Brown and punter Donnie Jones walk. But, through two games, Zuerlein and Johnny Hekker have won me over.
Bradford arguably had his best game as a pro and a win can do wonders for a locker room, so you know Fisher's bunch will come out with plenty of fire next week on the road against a Bears team who will be looking for redemption after Thursday night's debacle.
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