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Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford Sharp, Turnovers Key in 20-10 Win

Posted By Bear Heiser On Nov 1 2010 @ 3:10 am In St. Louis Rams | No Comments

For the first time this season, we saw the St. Louis Rams [1] play a great game on both sides of the ball in the 20-10 win over the Carolina Panthers [2].

One thing we know for sure: The Rams are for real—when playing at home. The Rams sport a 4-1 record at the Eddie Jones Dome but are a winless 0-3 on the road. At the half way point of the season, the Rams sit with a 4-4 record. Not bad for a team that most predicted would win only four games total.

Up next for the Rams is the bye week—a very welcome sight for a team that needs to find its identity. Trouble is, the second half of the season will be much tougher, considering five of the last eight games are on the road.

Three Stars of the Game

Third Star: DE Chris Long

Long recorded a sack in his third straight game. On Carolina [2]‘s first series in the fourth quarter, Long recovered a Steve Smith fumble which led to a 26 yard touchdown reception by Daniel Fells. The Rams have struggled putting points on the board in the second half, the turnover was a key moment in the game.

The touchdown was the first the Rams have scored in the fourth quarter since Week 2 against Oakland [3]. Thanks, Chris!

Second Star: QB Sam Bradford [4]

After playing the worst game of his short career last week against Tampa Bay [5], he rebounded brilliantly against Carolina. Bradford played the game manager role today and was extremely effective in doing so.

Completion Percentage:

Season: 56.2 percent vs. Carolina: 78.1 percent

Quarterback Rating:

Season: 71.4 vs. Carolina: 112.4

Best part of Bradford’s performance? No mistakes.

[6]First Star: LB James Laurinaitis

The former Ohio State Buckeye was EVERYWHERE for the Rams. His stat line looks a little something like this:

Eight tackles, one sack, three tackles for a loss, one pass defended, one interception and one quarterback hit.

Laurinaitis intercepted Matt Moore’s first pass of the day, which happened to be the first Panther play of the game. In my opinion, the athletic interception set the defensive tone early for the Rams.

In Short…

The first half of the season couldn’t have ended any better for the Rams. The young squad has nothing but positives to build on during the bye week.

For those of you who don’t already, follow me on Twitter @RamsReport for all of your Rams analysis.

Have questions for Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson? Submit them to @RamsReport on Twitter and I’ll pick out a few to ask when I chat with him later this week.

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