St. Louis Rams Run, Pass and Flip for Their First Victory of the Season

Shane PattonCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams is flipped upside down against Chris Wilson #95 and H.B. Blades #54 both of the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Redskins 30-16.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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They may not be the "Greatest Show on Turf" any longer, but the St. Louis Rams proved they can still excite a crowd.

It was touch-and-go this past week as the Rams organization wondered if they could sell enough tickets to prevent a local television black-out.

Rams fans responded and purchased enough tickets last Thursday afternoon to beat the NFL's blackout deadline.

From the opening kickoff, the Rams appeared ready to grab their first victory of the 2010 season by jumping out to a 14-0 lead before the Redskins could react defensively.

The Rams did struggle in the redzone at the end of the first half and had a field goal attempt blocked by the Redskins, which caused frustrated Rams fans to start a chorus of boos.


For the first time this season, the Rams were able to put together a great third quarter and expand on their halftime lead.

The defense continued to zone blitz the Redskins and prevented Donovan McNabb time to find his receivers downfield.

Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was aggressive in his decision making, going for it on fourth down twice and gaining a first down on both attempts. 

Spagnuolo's aggressiveness seemed to inspire the Rams players as they went on to beat Washington 30-16 for their first win of the 2010 season.


This was Coach Spagnuolo's first home win.

DE James Hall recorded his second sack of the season (48.5 for his career).

RB Steven Jackson needs only 39 yards to pass Marshall Faulk on the Rams all-time rushing list. (Jackson injured his groin and did not return in the second half).

LB James Laurinaitis continued to be a force on defense with seven tackles (four for a loss).