5 things to know after Rams sack Bucs 23-13
Two weeks ago, the St. Louis Rams were eliminated from playoff
contention. Just don’t tell Robert Quinn there’s nothing to play
Quinn led a dominant defensive effort with three sacks, taking
the NFL lead and setting a franchise record, in Sunday’s 23-13
victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last week he had two sacks,
a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a victory over the
Fellow defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes carried Quinn
off the field after the Rams (7-8) kept the Buccaneers (4-11) in
neutral or reverse, and matched their victory total from last
”At first, I was just waiting to congratulate him because I
didn’t get to congratulate him after the third one because it was
fourth-and-1 and we had to get back out there,” Long said. ”Some
people might think it’s overkill out there. I’ve never see anybody
like him. He deserves it.”
Quinn has 18 sacks, 1 1/2 more than the Colts’ Robert Mathis.
The last of the Rams’ seven sacks of Mike Glennon snapped the
franchise record of 17 by Kevin Carter in 1999, the franchise’s
Super Bowl championship team.
”The guys are happy for me,” Quinn said. ”I couldn’t have
done it without them.”
Whatever happens next week at Seattle, the Rams will complete a
decade without a winning record. They’re determined to finish
The Bucs must rally before finishing at New Orleans.
”It was a tough loss,” coach Greg Schiano said. ”Not for a
lack of work or for a lack of not caring, but the result is what
the result is.”
Five things to know after the Rams’ victory:
NO PICKS: Quarterback Kellen Clemens is 4-4 as the stand-in
starter while Sam Bradford recuperates from knee surgery.
Though he lost a fumble and didn’t have a touchdown pass, he was
effective managing another win. Clemens has five TD passes and no
interceptions in the four victories, and two TD passes with five
interceptions in the losses. He’s struggled against top
competition, with three of the losses to top-10 defenses – Seattle,
San Francisco and Arizona.
”When Sam went down, we rallied,” Fisher said.
EARLY OFFENSE: The Buccaneers entered ranked last in the NFL in
total offense and passing offense and didn’t improve their position
against the Rams.
Though they’ve enjoyed early success, scoring on their second
possession 11 times in 15 games with four TDs, including Bobby
Rainey’s 1-yard run for the lead Sunday, they finished with just
170 yards of offense, setting a season low for the second straight
game, and were held to 20 or fewer points for the eighth time.
Vincent Jackson was the lone standout, making five catches for
OFF AND RUNNING: Rams rookie Zac Stacy carried the load again,
shaking off a lost fumble and finishing with 104 yards on 33
carries and a TD.
Stacy didn’t start until Week 5 but needs just 42 yards in the
finale to give the Rams a 1,000-yard rusher for the ninth
consecutive season. Steven Jackson put up eight straight before
taking a free agent deal with the Falcons. The Rams have emphasized
the run since Bradford was hurt in Week 7. Trickery produced their
other first-half TD: rookie Stedman Bailey’s 27-yard reverse.
”Just being honest, we defensively got our butts kicked in the
first half,” Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. ”They ran
the ball on us at will, whenever they felt like it.”
O-LINE JUGGLES: Rodger Saffold returned to his original NFL
position, left tackle, after Jake Long was sidelined with what the
Rams believe is a torn ACL on his right knee on the first
”We are anticipating the worst for Jake,” Fisher said.
Shelley Smith was plugged in at right guard, where Saffold had
been, and the new line did enough things right. The most notable
play was a 5-yard quarterback sneak by Clemens on fourth-and-inches
in the fourth quarter, with more than enough push from the line to
help set up a 25-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein that made it
”Basically, what it comes down to is following my rules,”
Saffold said. ”Basically, what I did was constantly work on my
technique because I knew I would be able to react to whatever
BAD HANDS: Rams rookie outside linebacker Alec Ogletree forced
two fumbles, one leading to the go-ahead score and the second
setting up the clinching field goal.
Bailey’s TD came the snap after Rainey lost a fumble and Glennon
coughed one up in the fourth quarter on a sack by Ogletree and
James Laurinaitis that set up Zuerlein’s 48-yard field goal that
made it a two-score game.
”I did a terrible job of securing the ball the way I’m supposed
to, so I put the game on me,” Rainey said. ”We played behind
because of me.”
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