Monday, October 3, 2011
Silver linings: Rams vs. Redskins
By Mike Sando
The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-4 with a 17-10 home defeat to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams have a bye before visiting the Green Bay Packers in Week 6.
- This game came closer that previous ones this season to fitting the defensive profile the Rams established through the first half of last season. James Laurinaitis and Justin King picked off passes to help the Rams rally late. This was the team's 10th game in a row forcing a turnover. Allowing only 17 points was a step forward given the Rams' play on offense.
- Running back Steven Jackson scored the 56th touchdown of his career, moving past Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch for fifth on the Rams' all-time list. Jackson also made it through the game without aggravating his quadriceps injury.
- Punter Donnie Jones passed Dale Hatcher to become the Rams' all-time leader in punting yardage with 17,486.
- Rookie Austin Pettis caught four passes for 32 yards, converting first downs each time.
- The Rams allowed only 9.5 yards per completed pass, down from 14.4 the previous week.
- Sam Bradford did not throw an interception. No player in Rams history has a lower interception percentage on a minimum of 500 career attempts.
- Rookie Robert Quinn forced a fumble in the fourth quarter.