Entering Sunday’s game at Carolina, a favorable turnover margin and red-zone success rate had the Rams poised to move above .500 through Week 7 for the first time since 2006. However, neither of those areas measured up to the previous two weeks in a 30-15 loss to the Panthers.
The Rams had no shortage of early opportunities against Carolina, but saw two first-half red-zone possessions yield just a 28-yard field goal and a turnover on downs following an unsuccessful fourth-and-goal attempt from the one-yard line. St. Louis entered the game having scored on touchdowns on 67 percent of its red-zone possessions, but reached the end zone on just one of its three possessions inside the 20-yard line on Sunday.
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The series of early miscues overshadowed a lopsided advantage in yardage. The Rams outgained Carolina 172-119 in the first half, with the majority of Carolina’s yards coming on an 80-yard scoring drive near the conclusion of the half.
Carolina QB Cam Newton completed 15 of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown, good for a passer rating of 136.3. He also ran for 29 yards on eight carries.
The loss to Carolina was the first for the Rams since falling 15-0 in Charlotte on November 19, 2006.
Game Notes: Carolina
-Nine different Rams receivers caught a pass on Sunday, the team’s second-highest total of the year.
-Stacy established career-highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (39).
-Bradford’s first-quarter interception was his first since Week 4 against San Francisco.