Sam Bradford was well-protected in the St. Louis Rams' opener by an offensive line that included the newly acquired Jake Long.
The Atlanta Falcons may wish they had made a bid for Long as well.
Long and the Rams will get a look at a cornerstone of their past in Steven Jackson when they visit the Falcons on Sunday.
The Rams hadn't started with a win since 2006, and the delight they took in Sunday's 27-24 comeback victory over Arizona was obvious.
"Watching the game clock tick to zero, that's my most favorite part," coach Jeff Fisher said. "You know, we're really excited."
They haven't been 2-0 since winning the NFC championship in 2001.
The Rams are in position to equal that mark because their pass protection continued to trend upward last week. St. Louis gave up a league-worst 55 sacks in 2011 and 35 last season, then didn't allow any Sunday.
"I can't say enough about those guys up front," Bradford said. "They played outstanding, and I think it shows that we've taken leaps an...