US Presswire/Jeff Curry
Steven Jackson had one of his best games in a long time in helping the Rams to their first win.
For the second time in five seasons, the St. Louis Rams found the New Orleans Saints to be the perfect opponent against which to end a season-long winless drought.
In 2007, the Rams were 0-8 to start the season and picked up their first win against the Saints. There were a few similarities between that contest (a 37-29 win) and this one (31-21).
The Saints were the fourth team in the past 40 seasons to score at least 62 points in a game. Of those four, three lost their following game. The 1973 Atlanta Falcons also lost to the Rams (then the Los Angeles Rams). In fact, those Rams shut out the Falcons 31-0 in the second week of that season.
The Rams held the Saints, who scored 62 points in a win over the winless Colts last week, to no points in the first half of this game.
Steven Jackson finished with 159 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the first time a Rams player posted 150 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jackson in Week 17 of 2008.
Jackson also was responsible for two touchdowns in that 2007 win over the Saints, although he managed them in a slightly different fashion, throwing for one and running for the other.
Chris Long posted three sacks for the Rams' defense on Sunday, the first time a Rams player had at least three sacks in a game since Leonard Little in Week 13 of 2003. The Rams finished with six sacks and two interceptions against Saints quarterback Drew Brees. They had four sacks and two interceptions against Brees in that losing-streak-snapping win in 2007.
The Saints now are 2-3 on the road this season. That is as many road losses as in the previous two combined seasons, 2009-10, in which they were an NFL-best 13-3 in road games.
The only statistical positive for the Saints was that Brees threw a touchdown pass with 6 seconds left, marking the 35th straight game in which he’s thrown at least one. That’s one shy of Brett Favre for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
Elsewhere on the winless front
• The New York Giants became the latest team to come back to beat the Miami Dolphins, rallying from 11 points down to win 20-17. The Dolphins are 0-7 for the second time in franchise history (they started 0-13 in 2007). They’ve lost 10 straight games, the second-longest losing streak in team history and the longest since losing a franchise-record 16 in a row from 2006 to '07.
It’s the fourth straight season in which the Giants won their first game following a bye week. They’ve also won four straight overall against AFC opponents.
• The Tennessee Titans downed the winless Indianapolis Colts 27-10, making the Colts 0-8 for the fourth time in franchise history, the first time since starting 0-10 in 1997.
One highlight from this contest was that Titans kicker Rob Bironas made field goals of 50 and 51 yards. He continued a fine run for NFL kickers on long-distance kicks. Kickers entered the day 41-for-58 on field goal tries of 50 yards or longer.