Sunday, October 13, 2013
Three things revisited: Rams-Texans
By Nick Wagoner
HOUSTON -- Looking back at three things worth watching from the St. Louis Rams' 38-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
1. Getting an easy one
For the fifth consecutive week, Houston threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. This time it was Rams rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree doing the damage, bringing it back 98 yards for the score.
Of course, it wasn't Houston quarterback Matt Schaub throwing it this time. It was T.J. Yates and the result remained the same. The Rams' defense came up with three takeaways: Ogletree's touchdown, an interception by cornerback Janoris Jenkins and a fumble recovery by middle linebacker James Laurinaitis. Those takeaways turned into 10 points.
2. Every yard counts
It was a day of across-the-board improvement for the Rams' special teams as they were hit with just one penalty -- kicker Greg Zuerlein's illegal procedure infraction for kicking the ball out of bounds.
More impressive was the touchdown produced by the kickoff coverage unit of all groups. Safety Rodney McLeod hit returner Keshawn Martin on the return, jarring the ball loose and into the waiting arms of linebacker Daren Bates. Bates promptly returned it 11 yards for a touchdown.
Field position is nice but points are better and the Rams made strides in both areas against Houston.
3. Building on the run
The numbers weren't as eye-popping as last week but that's likely due mostly to lack of opportunities offensively as the Rams' running game again provided a much-needed second dimension to the offense.
Leading the charge again was hard-running Zac Stacy, who earned his second start and likely a third with another solid performance. Stacy found holes, evaded tacklers and picked up yards after contact again. He finished with 79 yards on 18 carries and the Rams picked up 99 yards on 25 carries.
Daryl Richardson and Benny Cunningham got three carries apiece in relief.