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Rams Dominate All Phases In 38-13 Win Over Houston

Posted Oct 13, 2013

During a post-practice press conference last week, one reporter inquired about what Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher hoped to see from his team this week.

“One thing in particular would be scoring one more point than Houston,” Fisher said. “I would be happy with that.”

The Rams achieved that and a whole lot more on Sunday in a 38-13 drubbing of the Houston Texans for the team’s second consecutive victory.

For the second consecutive week, the Rams finished with more rushing attempts than passes, carrying the ball 25 times for 99 yards. Also for the second straight week, RB Zac Stacy headlined the Rams’ ground attack. Stacy established career-highs on Sunday with 79 yards rushing on 18 carries.

“We ran the ball more times than we threw it and it’s worked for us the last couple of weeks,” Fisher said following Sunday’s win.

While QB Sam Bradford wasn’t called upon to throw the football nearly as much as he had been accustomed to in the team’s first five games, he was efficient throughout, finishing 12 of 16 passing for 117 yards. Bradford threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions for the second consecutive week, and his passer rating of 134.6 was a career-best. The Rams are 8-1-1 all-time when Bradford posts a passer rating of 100 or greater.

Defensively, the Rams put together perhaps their most opportunistic showing of the young season. While Houston piled up 420 yards of offense, The Rams’ defense and special teams forced four turnovers, two of which directly led to touchdowns. St. Louis did not commit a turnover. With the Rams already leading 24-6 in the third quarter, LB Daren Bates returned a fumbled kickoff return 11 yards for the Rams’ first special teams touchdown of the year. Rookie LB Alec Ogletree capped the Rams’ scoring with a 98-yard interception return with 36 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Both touchdowns were the first of Bates’ and Ogletree’s respective careers.

News and Notes:

-The Rams’ 38 points were the most by St. Louis since a 41-21 win over Minnesota on Dec. 31, 2006.

-Cory Harkey’s two-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was the first of his career.

-Greg Zuerlein connected on a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, and has now made all nine field-goal attempts this season.

-Ogletree’s 98-yard interception return for his first career touchdown was the second-longest  return in Rams history. Only Johnnie Johnson’s 99-yard return in 1980 was longer.

-The Rams are now 2-0 all-time at Reliant Stadium, with their last win coming in 2005.