Rams' QB A.J. Feeley was calm and cool as sam Bradford's replacement
A miracle took place this past week in St. Louis. And no, I’m not referring to the World Series triumph the St. Louis Cardinals experienced over the Texas Rangers, although just as unexpected. I’m actually referring to the Rams’ shocking win over the Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.
Perhaps motivated by the Cardinals attendance at the Dome on Sunday the St. Louis Rams snapped out of their early season funk with a stunning 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints to earn their first victory of the season. Equally as shocking was the fact that the Rams did this without their starting QB Sam Bradford, last year’s rookie of the year who is still nursing a high ankle sprain. Bradford’s backup A.J. Feeley, starting his second game of the season, didn’t exactly light it up in any offensive category, showed great leadership and did his part to help stabilize an offense that, to this point, had been off balance to say the least.
WR Brandon Lloyd scores his first TD as a RamRams' linebacker James Laurinaitis sacks Saints QB Drew Brees
As if the win itself wasn’t shocking enough the Rams finally flexed its defensive muscles that was totally absent last week when they were scorched for 294 yards rushing in a 34-7 loss to Dallas. The defense allowed only 56 yards rushing and 269 yards passing to QB Drew Brees who leads the league with over 2,700 yards, had his lowest output of the season. St. Louis also sacked Brees six times, three by defensive end Chris Long.
Rams' safety Darian Stewart intercepts a Drew Brees pass in 4th quarter Sunday
The suddenly defensive minded Rams forced two Brees’ interceptions, one returned for a TD by safety Darian Stewart. Keep in mind the Rams defense did this against an offense that’s coming off a 62-7 showing against Indianapolis last week. Brees struggled all game to throw the ball down field as he completed only 1 of 7 passes for 15 yards or more in that category. Entering the game he led the league in percentage (62.7%) on such passes.
The score may indicate a close game, but it was anything but that as the Rams lead 17-0 at the half and had 24 points before the Saints got their first with 1:21 remaining in the third quarter. Leading 24-14 in the fourth quarter and the Saints driving Stewart returned a Brees’ pass 27 yards for a TD to make the score 31-14 Rams essentially sealing the game.
The Rams finally showed signs of life on offense after averaging only 12.3 points per game and 304.3 yards during their first six. Jackson wound up with 159 yards rushing on 25 carries and two TD‘s, his second consecutive 100 yard game. QB Feeley passed for 175 yards, one TD and no interceptions.
Steven Jackson scored two TD's against the Saints on Sunday
In no way am I suggesting that Feeley should replace Bradford, but the Rams’ victory over a quality opponent makes it nice to know that the Rams have a backup who is capable of carrying the team in in his absence. Bradford is scheduled to return next week against Arizona. If he doesn’t I think Feeley can handle the assignment.
About the Author
Written by Chaz Ingram
During his lengthy career Chaz has worked in various areas of the media. As an actor he has appeared on such shows as "Less Than Perfect" "CSI New York" and "Outlaw". He's performed on stage in such plays as "West Side Story", "The Wiz" "Oliver" and "Sugar". He has also landed roles in several commercials most notably as a reporter for "NFL Legends" and as a model for Ameriquest Mortgage. Chaz's extensive background in the broadcast industry has given him invaluable experience in several areas of the business. His work as an assignment desk intern as well as in the news and sports departments at the local ABC and NBC TV stations in St. Louis, MO has given him experence on various levels of news production. Chaz is a former host of of his own radio show "The Spirit of Chaz", where he was also writer and producer at KXEN in St. Louis. As a Marketing Consultant at KSDK-TV (NBC) Chaz was a major contributor to the station's #1 position in overall sales in the St. Louis market. At KEZK radio he was awarded "rookie of the year" for his achievements in sales. The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Chaz as one of their "40 Under 40" awardees for his work in the community with youth. Additionally, St. Louis public Schools recognized him as "Role Model of the Year" in 1995 & 1996. He is the recipient of the 1989 edition of "Outstanding Young Men of America". Chaz currently resides in Los Angeles where he owns Nicolexis Inspirations a motivational and life coach company.