Rams D shuts down Cardinals, snaps streak
October, 5, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesKevin Kolb has been sacked 17 times in the last two games.Two streaks were snapped on Thursday night: The St. Louis Rams snapped a streak of 93 games played without being over .500 and the Arizona Cardinals are no longer undefeated.
The Rams defense (assisted by the Cardinals offensive line) was the main reason those streaks ended.
The Rams sacked Kevin Kolb nine times, tying a franchise record for sacks in a game since the stat became official in 1982.
The Cardinals became the first team to be sacked at least eight times in consecutive games since the Cardinals also did it in 2003.
Kolb was sacked or under duress on 21 dropbacks, seven more than any other quarterback this season.
The Rams defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the first time since Week 10 of 2011 against the Cleveland Browns. The three points allowed are their fewest since a 20-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 of 2010.
The Rams held the Cardinals to 45 rushing yards. It’s the first time the Rams allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns since Week 9 of last season against… the Cardinals.
The Cardinals offense struggled, but the Rams offense wasn’t spectacular either.
Sam Bradford became the fourth quarterback in the last 15 seasons with at least 20 pass attempts and seven or fewer completions in a win. He joined JaMarcus Russell, Jake Delhomme and Akili Smith.
The seven completions included two touchdown passes, one each to Lance Kendricks and Chris Givens.
For both Kendricks and Givens, it was their first career touchdown. The 51-yard strike to Givens was Bradford’s longest career touchdown pass.
Bradford passed for 132 of his 141 yards and both of his touchdowns on throws outside the painted numbers. In the first four weeks of the season, Bradford completed 50.9 percent of his passes outside the numbers and 73.8 percent inside the numbers. He reversed that trend Thursday, completing one of his eight passes inside the numbers for nine yards, the fewest in his career.
Bradford’s completion percentage of 12.5 on throws inside the painted numbers was the lowest in any regular season game (minimum eight pass attempts) among qualified quarterbacks since the start of the 2008 season.
And don’t forget about Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein's 53-yard field goal, his fourth field goal of at least 50 yards, tying the NFL record for most 50-yard field goals by a rookie, according to Elias.
It’s been awhile for the Rams. It wasn’t pretty, but they’re finally over .500 for the first time since 2006.