Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wrap-up: Rams 30, Redskins 16
By Mike Sando
What it means: The St. Louis Rams aren't the last-place team in the NFC West -- a first since they were 2-4 and the Seattle Seahawks were 1-5 during the 2008 season. Losing Steven Jackson to a groin injury hurts, but this victory is bigger than one player (as long as Sam Bradford wasn't the one injured). The Rams now have tangible evidence that they can win a game against someone other than the Detroit Lions. They have reason to live, not just try to survive. This was big for the organization.
Big Revelation: The Rams could win a game after losing Jackson to injury. Kenneth Darby's 12-yard touchdown run gave St. Louis the lead for good. Darby is not the answer if Jackson misses an extended period, but he was good enough Sunday and coach Steve Spagnuolo loves his toughness.
Hindsight: The Rams should have done more to sign a capable backup running back. They knew Jackson had question marks on the injury front. This was going to be an easy criticism to make if something happened to Jackson. Easy doesn't mean incorrect. For the record, the Rams tried to land Brian Westbrook, but they did not view him as an every-down replacement if something happened to Jackson.
Missed opportunities: The Rams netted only 10 points from drives spanning 11, 12 and 17 yards, with kicker Josh Brown suffering his second blocked field-goal try in three games. The Rams controlled the ball in this game. Once Bradford gains more experience and the Rams gain some confidence -- plus some talent -- they'll capitalize more fully on their opportunities.
What's next: The Rams face the Seattle Seahawks at home in Week 4.