In his first ever career start, third year quarterback Austin Davis lead the Rams on a 12 play, 71-yard drive to set up a game winning Greg Zuerlein 38-yard field goal to give the Rams a 19-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Sam Bradford out for the season with a torn ACL and Shaun Hill out with a thigh injury, Davis was the next man up and played quite impressive for someone who started training camp as the team’s fourth quarterback.
Davis completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards with no interceptions in his first NFL start, while Greg Zuerlein went 4-4 in field goals to help the Rams rebound from a disappointing 34-6 loss in week one against the Minnesota Vikings.
Although the Rams got the win, it was far from perfect, however, in a game that consisted of a 51-minute lightning delay, the Rams made plays when they needed to in the big moments.
After the Buccaneers marched down the field on the games first drive, the Rams handicapped offense marched right down the field themselves to tie the game at seven with a two-yard touchdown run from Zac Stacy.
With the Buccaneers driving on their next possession Rodney McLeod made an excellent one-handed interception inside the Buccaneers 10-yard line. The Rams also got a blocked punt and blocked field goal from T.J. McDonald that changed the game.
The St.Louis Rams are 1-1 before they go back home to play the Dallas Cowboys. After last week’s debacle, any Rams fan would tell you that they are happy to have a win and remain only one game out of the lead in the NFC West.
It was only 15-years ago that a man named Kurt Warner spent time on the Rams practice squad before getting an opportunity. Austin Davis may not be the next Kurt Warner, but for a player that has spent the past two season on the Rams practice squad, he threw the ball with confidence Sunday afternoon.