Switch to no-huddle offense provides lift for Rams’ passing game

Kenny Britt's one catch Sunday, a 41-yard reception, set up a key touchdown.
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Kenny Britt has one reception in the month of October, but that single catch could provide some hope going forward for the St. Louis Rams’ dormant passing attack.

The explosive running of rookie Todd Gurley and a stout defensive performance sparked the Rams to a 24-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, helping to alleviate another pedestrian effort by a passing attack that ranks last in the league.

Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters following Sunday’s game that "you could sense the level of frustration in the locker room at halftime” after his team managed only 64 passing yards and carried a 10-3 lead into the third quarter.

So, despite bring pinned at their own 12-yard line late in the third, the Rams opted to go with a no-huddle offense to provide a spark and the move paid immediate dividends as Foles connected with Tavon Austin for 20 yards and Britt drew a pass-interference call good for 26 yards. 

“Just try to go fast and put pressure on the defense and get some rhythm going,” Foles said. “We were able to create some rhythm throughout our offense and create some big plays.” 

One play later, Foles hooked up with Britt on a 41-yard strike to the 1-yard line, setting up Gurley’s short touchdown run for a 17-6 advantage.

“It’s something that we practice on a weekly basis, so we know how to execute it and that’s what we did today,” guard Jamon Brown said of the no-huddle. “It was effective for us and it helped us out big time, so who knows? Going forward, we might do that more often.” 

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