By David Demarco, Editor
The Rams shocked the NFL today defeating the playoff bound Colts. To a score of 38-8, the Colts self-destructed and gave the Rams more than enough opportunities to run away with the game.
The real story of the game was the emergence of Tavon Austin. The Rams needed a playmaker in the 2013 NFL Draft and went after what appeared to be the most obvious fit. Fast forward to the regular season, Austin has been average at best. Between less than spectacular play-calling, limited playing time and some embarrassing drops, critics were questioning the fit on Austin in St. Louis.
Critics were silenced on Sunday afternoon.
On just a few touches, Austin dazzled his way to three scores which included an electric 98-yard punt return for a touchdown. Through the air, Austin caught just two passes for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While not getting many targets, Austin displayed the playmaking ability that set him apart from every receiver in the draft.
The Rams defense once again looked to form, shutting down any hopes the Colts had of running the ball. The Colts ran the ball 14 times for 18 yards, 17 of which came from their quarterback Andrew Luck. The visiting Rams forced five total turnovers, including four from Andrew Luck. The duo of Robert Quinn and Chris Long once again terrorized the opposing passer with a total of three sacks and numerous hits and hurries.
The St. Louis offense played well enough to win. The duo of Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham rushed for 134 yards and took the pressure off everyone else. Kellen Clemens was serviceable for the second week in a row, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and making plays whenever the time called.
Following the upcoming bye week the Rams will host the playoff contending Chicago Bears. While a playoff run is doubtful, the Rams will definitely make some more noise before season’s end.