Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Rams defeated the Texans 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Stomp Texans In Upset, Win 38-13

Nobody gave the Rams a chance to beat the Texans, not even Rams fans gave the Rams a chance. The Texans were 9.5 point favorites and ESPN’s numberFire gave the Texans a 70.2% chance of winning. This was supposed to be a game where the Texans got back to playing the football everybody was used to and get a much needed win at home.

That was never the case however as the Rams blew out the Texans on the road 38-13. The Rams defense came up big, forcing three turnovers that turned into 10 points for Sam Bradford and the offense. Bradford played more of a smart game today only going 12/16 for 117 yards, but threw three touchdown passes and more importantly didnt turn the ball over.

Zac Stacy continued where he left off last week rushing for 79 yards off of 18 carries. This new run game that the Rams have found with Stacy has certainly helped out what was a struggling offense and offensive line. The O-line stepped up today and didnt allow a sack for the third time this season.

The Rams first drive of the game had to give Rams fans that ‘here we go again’ feeling, as the Rams offense went three and out to start the game. On the second drive, Bradford lead the offense on a 65 yard touchdown drive which was set up by a 40 yard pass interference penalty. to put the Rams up 7-0.

Robert Quinn then made the first of many big plays on defense by forcing a fumble which was recovered by James Laurninaitis to give the Rams offense great field position and set up a Greg Zuerlein field goal.

After a Texans field goal, Sam Bradford once again lead the Rams down the field and took advantage of penalties on the Texans to put the Rams up 17-3 with a touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks.

The Rams defense got off the field quickly to start off the second half and the offense got back right where they left off, extending the lead with Bradford’s third touchdown pass, this time to Brian Quick to put the Rams up 24-6. The Rams offense would not score another touchdown.

On the ensuing kickoff, Rodney McLeod forced  fumble which was recovered by Daren Bates, who took it the distance and put the Rams up 31-6. After a Matt Schaub injury and Texans fans cheers, T.J. Yates entered the game only to lead the team to the red zone and throw an interception which was taken all the way back by Alec Ogletree.

Yates would throw another interception in the red zone to Janoris Jenkins, but would finally lead the Texans in the end zone with a Ben Tate touchdown run.

The Rams offense was out gained 420-216, but defensive turnovers and big drives with the help of Texan penalties helped give the Rams the win today. Sam Bradford found nine different receivers and only three of those receivers and more than one catch.

The Rams defense showed flashes of the potential they showed last season by forcing three turnovers and getting to the quarterback five different time. They may have allowed a lot of yards on the ground once again, but when it came to the yards that mattered in scoring range the defense stepped up and made plays.

Michael Brockers, Trumaine Johnso all lead the team in tackles with seven each, Brockers also lead the team in sacks with two. The defense also had success in the pass game only allowing Schaub to throw for 186 yards, but they did allow Foster to run for 141 yards.

Rams fans didnt have a lot of confidence coming into this game, but a win like this will go a long ways. Winning on the road against a tough team like the Texans, who have been 14-7 at home the last two seasons, is not an easy task, and for a young team like the Rams to do it, shows a lot of maturity.

The Rams may have won big, but that doesnt mean it was perfect. The Rams still allowed 140 yards on the ground and got a little sloppy with the penalties late, The Rams will have to fix those things especially in the run game, in preparation for next week.

This team certainly has shown a lot of toughness these past two weeks when everybody had counted them out, and you have to believe they will come in with their backs against the wall once again against the Panthers.

The Rams are now 3-3 and they will now have to go to Carolina to play a Panthers team that beat the Vikings 35-10 in Minnesota. It’s never easy to win two straight road games in the NFL, but the Rams will have to do just that to get above .500.

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  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I have confidence that the Rams can beat the Texans but surprise that they beat them in a blow out fashion.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I think we were all surprised that they beat the Texans, let alone by 25 points.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Clearly Jeff Fisher has turn this team around and focused on winning using the formulas that work: Balance offense, play tough defense and forcing turn overs.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Team has certainly found an identity and bought into starting over. Hopefully they can continue this next week against Carolina on the road.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        Carolina will be a good challenge as the Carolina front 7 is nasty with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy as well as Star Lotulelei and Luke Kuechly at MLB. Another tough defense for the Rams to look forward too. Then another challenge is to stop Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams.

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  • ricdram

    Ok I admit it. I was a MAJOR doubter
    against the Texans. But I still don’t
    beleive JJ Watt :
    That’s unbelievable !
    How did the O line do it Blaine?
    Did they go right at him ?

    • Blaine Grisak

      Ya defense created three which lead to 10 I didnt include the special team turnover. I was a doubter too, you werent the only one. If they continue to win like this when I doubt them, I may just have to doubt them more often. Fisher said in post game that they just tried to get the ball out quickly, and they only threw it 16 times and then a lot of the runs were away from him, but still 0 Tackles is still amazing.

    • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

      I think I heard former coach Rick Venturi if he was coaching the Rams, he would run to JJ Watt rather than away from him since there would be two OL’s who will block him and Dahl and Barksdale did a good job (with some chip blocks from Kendricks or Harkey) blocking for Zac Stacy.

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  • Sky Langford

    and now that the rams o line has stopped jj watt, they believe they can stop anyone……thats called confidence my friends. it was the “it” factor that the rams had been lacking for o way too long.