Mere minutes after the Rams had cruised to a 27-16 win over the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints,
“If we stop the run and force turnovers, and the offense runs the football, we’re going to win some football games,” Long said.
Long’s three keys to success were implemented expertly early and often during Sunday’s victory. Behind three takeaways, 144 rushing yards and a 24-3 halftime lead, the Rams ended a two-game slide and collected their fourth home victory of the season.
The tone for Sunday’s game was established on the Saints’ first play from scrimmage, when DE
As the Saints mounted a late rally to bring the game to within two possessions, K Garrett Hartley saw his 26-yard field-goal attempt veer wide left to seal the Rams’ sixth win of the year.
“This was one of those games where we knew we would have to play well in all three phases, and we did that,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “Our kickoffs, our field goals, our punting, the fact that we affected one, if not two, field goals with our rush was really a contributing factor in this game and then our ability to run the football again against a really good defense helped.”
The win kept the Rams in pursuit of their first .500 season in seven years, a significant mark for a team coming off a pair of road losses to divisional opponents.
Game Notes: Rams vs. Saints
-Quinn collected two sacks on Sunday to push his season total to 15. His eight forced fumbles are the most by a Rams player since Leonard Little had nine in 2002.
-Stacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half, establishing a Rams rookie record.
-Stacy’s 40-yd TD run was his longest career rushing play.