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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Young QB showcase? Nope, but Rams up

By Mike Sando

The St. Louis Rams have not reversed the time-of-possession deficit that has affected them early in games this season.

They have solved Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, however, and that has been enough for St. Louis to take a 14-6 halftime lead in Week 16.

Another pick-six from rookie corner Janoris Jenkins gave the Rams their first of two touchdowns off Freeman interceptions. They lead despite possessing the ball for only 10:12 of the first 30 minutes, and despite the interception Sam Bradford threw in the end zone, and despite the fumble Danny Amendola lost deep in Rams territory.

St. Louis' defense has held Doug Martin to 2.8 yards per rushing attempt. Freeman has only 100 yards on 17 attempts. He has taken three sacks.

The Rams' offense figures only to improve in the second half. The third-down production has been good so far (three conversion in four chances). Bradford has fared well in fourth quarters this season. If his late-game production continues, the Rams should be on their way to a 7-7-1 record heading into Week 17.