Switching QBs fails to provide spark to stagnant Rams offense

Case Keenum threw for only 126 yards and sustained a concussion in his first start of the year.
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Switching starting quarterbacks did nothing to jump-start the stagnant offense of the St. Louis Rams.

Case Keenum struggled in his first start in place of Nick Foles, finishing 12-of-26 for 126 yards and a touchdown as St. Louis mustered only 213 yards of total offense and lost four fumbles in a 16-13 loss at Baltimore – its third consecutive defeat.

The last fumble was committed by Keenum with just under a minute to play, leading to the game-winning field goal. Keenum was not available to discuss his performance, suffering a concussion that appeared to occur two plays before his decisive fumble.

“I feel like Case did a good job of battling his butt off in there,” Rams tight end Jared Cook said.

Keenum was shaken up when he was taken down by Timmy Jernigan with 64 seconds to play. The back of his helmet bounced hard off the turf and Keenum had trouble getting to his feet after the hit.

He remained in the game and couldn't connect with Wes Welker on the following play before Courtney Upshaw went around Rams left tackle Greg Robinson and knocked the ball loose from Keenum, allowing the Ravens to recover at St. Louis' 41-yard line.

“Well, that one was a hard one,” said Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who did not mention Keenum's injury in his postgame press conference. “Probably one of the hardest I've been around since I've been here. It's difficult when you lose that way in a game that we somewhat controlled or dictated.”

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