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Posted on October 4, 2010 at 10:16 PM.
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Week 1 - 2010 Rams Season Opener
September 9th, 2010
Edward Jones Dome
4:15 ET

It was a tale of two halves for the Rams. The Rams did not look very good to start the game, quickly going 3 and out, and struggled to find a rhythm to their running game in the entire first half. Sam Bradford, meanwhile, had a variety of firsts in the half, including his first interception, and his first tackle of strong safety Adrian Wilson, who had just picked him off. To make matters worse, within three plays of the first defensive showing for the Rams, MLB James Laurinaitis suffered a herniated disk in his back, and will now be out for 10 weeks following the injury. But the new-look defensive line with three new starters (Burgess, Robbins, and Pryce) was able to wreck havok on the Cardinals offensive line and signal caller Derek Anderson, a study in struggling quarterback. This gave the Rams offense good field position, which helped make up for the lack of efficiency. The first half had mostly been a defensive battle, and the Rams were lucky to squeak out 10 points. Things would change in the second half.

The Cardinals began the half with the ball, and they started to drive down the field, but were picked off at the 30 by Laurinaitis’ replacement, linebacker Bryan Kehl. However, the good vibes from the interception would not last, as within three plays Sam Bradford threw his second pick of the day to Rodgers-Cromartie. Arizona running back Tim Hightower was then able to break off a 45 yard run for a TD, narrowing the Rams’ lead to 3 points. It seemed that momentum had swung to the Cardinals side.

And then Steven Jackson took over the game. Second play of the ensuing St. Louis drive Jackson breaks three tackles and bursts through the hole, turning what would have otherwise been a fairly normal run into a 77 yard gallop into the endzone, putting the Rams up 17-7, and they never looked back. The defense stood stout, with the D-line putting pressure on Anderson, while the rookie Bradford outplayed the veteran, as he gained confidence on the next drive which resulted in his first NFL touchdown to Mark Clayton, another new Ram. And the Rams coasted through with 21 unanswered points to upset the visiting Cardinals 31-7.

NFL Scoreboard - Arizona Cardinals (0-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-0)
September 12, 20101234F
Arizona Cardinals00707
St. Louis Rams01014731
Top Performers
Arizona Cardinals - Stats
Tim Hightower - 11 rush, 69 yards, 1 TD
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
St. Louis Rams - Stats
Steven Jackson - 17 rush, 120 yards, 3 TDs
Sam Bradford - 20/31, 257 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Team Stats Comparison
ARISTL
First Downs1012
3rd Down Efficiency3-12 (25%)8-12 (66%)
4th Down Efficiency0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
Total Yards176373
Passing Yards90250
Rushing Yards86123
Penalties-Penalty Yards2-202-15
Turnovers1 (+1)2 (-1)
Time of Possession13:3622:24
Scoring Summary
Second QuarterARISTL
STL8:26J. Brown, 52 yard FG03
STL4:05S. Jackson, 10 yard run (J. Brown kick)010
Third QuarterARISTL
ARI4:13T. Hightower, 45 yard run (J. Feely kick)710
STL3:55S. Jackson, 77 yard run (J. Brown kick)717
STL1:05M. Clayton, 13 yard pass from S. Bradford (J. Brown kick)724
Fourth QuarterARISTL
STL3:10S. Jackson, 1 yard run (J. Brown kick)731
Arizona Cardinals
PassingC/ATTYDSTDINT
Derek Anderson9/279801
RushingATTYDSAVGTD
Tim Hightower11696.21
Beanie Wells2157.50
ReceivingRECYDSAVGTD
Andre Roberts4297.20
Larry Fitzgerald35217.30
Stephen Williams114140
Ben Patrick1330
DefenseTKLSACKINTTD
Darnell Dockett5000
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie2110
Adrian Wilson0010
Daryl Washington3000
Kick ReturningNO.YDSTDLONG
Larod Stephens-Howling6142026
KickingFGM/AXPM/APTSLONG
Jay Feely0/11/110
PuntingNO.YDSAVGIN 20
Ben Graham729341.80
St. Louis Rams
PassingC/ATTYDSTDINT
Sam Bradford20/3125712
RushingATTYDSAVGTD
Steven Jackson171207.03
Daniel Frisch310.30
ReceivingRECYDSAVGTD
Fred Davis45012.50
Danny Amendola46716.70
Mardy Gilyard34916.30
Mark Clayton33110.31
DefenseTKLSACKINTTD
Chris Long5000
Derrick Burgess1100
Bryan Kehl1010
Rashad Jeanty3000
Kick ReturningNO.YDSTDLONG
Yamon Figurs126026
Punt ReturningNO.YDSTDLONG
Yamon Figurs551017
KickingFGM/AXPM/APTSLONG
Josh Brown1/14/4753
PuntingNO.YDSAVGIN 20
Donnie Jones317458.01


Said Steven Jackson after the game: “You know, we just gave our all out there. Arizona, in that first quarter, it seemed like we couldn’t get anything against the defense. But we just kept pounding after them, and our D, man...you’ve got to give it up to them today. They did a hell of a job so that we were able to get back out there on the field and start getting into a rhythm. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to celebrate a win here on opening day, so we’re glad to give this one to the fans here.”


Sam Bradford's first NFL TD pass to Mark Clayton


Next week the Rams (1-0) head to Oakland to take on the Raiders (1-0) for their first road game of the year. Stay tuned.
Comments
# 1 Midgeotto @ Oct 15
Sorry about the extremely late response to the comment you left on my Dynasty awhile back. Yeah the Super Bowl was extremely exciting as I watched it as a spectator and had no idea how it would end. Working on Season 2 now, presentation should be a whole lot better so check it out when you get the chance.

Great job with your Dynasty page, looks good. Are you still keeping up with it? Notice you haven't made a post in awhile. I'll be following if you continue!
 
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