Final

Redskins 3

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Rams 28

(1-2, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 27, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 3 0 0 03
STL 0 14 14 028

Rams' first-string offense finally scores TD

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steven Jackson is quickly showing the St. Louis Rams that he is as good as advertised.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound rookie out of Oregon State bowled over the Redskins for 125 yards on 25 carries and scored on a 5-yard run to help the Rams to a 28-3 victory Friday night over Washington.

Rams coach Mike Martz said his brawny runner "just keeps getting better and better."

"When he hits that pile, he's relentless," Martz said. "You'd better be prepared to tackle him. He's what everyone at Oregon State said he was."

Jackson ran for 3,625 yards and 39 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon State and was the first running back taken in April's draft. He said he simply wanted to make a good impression and perhaps move up the depth chart behind Marshall Faulk, who had 11 yards on four carries.

The bruising back got better as the game went on, rushing for 103 yards in the second half.

"I tend to wear down the defense in the latter part of the game," Jackson said. "That's where I get my big runs. That's Steven Jackson of college football and what helped me get to this level."

When asked whether it was a breakout game for him, Jackson shrugged.

"For some of the people who haven't seen me run, I guess so," he said. "But not for me. I'm not satisfied. I had a couple of mistakes out there that I have to clean up."

Torry Holt had seven catches for 143 yards for the Rams (1-2), including a 7-yard TD from Marc Bulger in the second quarter. That was the first touchdown by the Rams' starting offense in three games this preseason. In its previous two outings, St. Louis mustered just 13 points.

St. Louis' first-string defense also got into the act, forcing its first turnover of the preseason in the second quarter. Cornerback Kevin Garrett stripped the ball from Taylor Jacobs after a long completion from Patrick Ramsey and Aeneas Williams recovered.

Two plays later, Rams backup quarterback Chris Chandler hooked up with Holt on a 58-yard pass to set up Chandler's 1-yard sneak into the end zone, which gave St. Louis a 14-3 lead at halftime.

Chandler was 9-of-15 for 190 yards and a 35-yard TD pass to Shaun McDonald in the third quarter.

Bulger was 6-for-12 for 78 yards, including the scoring pass to Holt, but drew boos after overthrowing wide open receivers on several occasions.

Overall, Martz liked what he saw from his team.

"This was really a week for this team to come together," he said. "We're excited, passionate about this game."

Ramsey and Mark Brunell did little to resolve the quarterback debate for Washington (2-1). Ramsey played the first half, but completed just 5 of 10 passes for 81 yards before giving way to Brunell, acquired in an offseason trade to challenge Ramsey for the job. Brunell wasn't any better, going 5-of-8 for 28 yards.

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said Brunell would get the next preseason start, but he has not decided who will be under center when the regular season begins.

"Any time you get beat like that, it's a concern. You don't like that," Gibbs said. "We were disappointing in every single phase. We didn't run the ball well. I didn't feel like we did much on offense. I think our defense struggled. I can't think of any one thing we did well."

In a 24-7 loss Monday at Kansas City -- an outing Bulger called "embarrassing" -- Rams quarterbacks were sacked five times and pressured relentlessly. But St. Louis' patchwork offensive line held its own against the Redskins, allowing just one sack and giving Chandler time to throw.

"Any time you play a game like this, there is a lot to learn," Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot said. "It's the preseason. Let's go. Let's build on it. We're not going to go and panic. We're not going worry about going 0-16. We're going to learn from this.

"Point blank, we needed this."

Clinton Portis had 13 yards on three carries for Washington.

Game notes


Redskins starting OT Chris Samuels sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and did not return; X-rays were negative. ... Rams G Tom Nutten sprained his right big toe in the third quarter and did not return ... Before the game, the Rams released T Jason Lenzmeier. ... Former St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers head coach Don Coryell served as the Rams' honorary captain.

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