Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/13/13
Who could have seen this one coming? Certainly not the Houston Texans. They were pummeled 38-13 by the Rams on Sunday at Reliant Stadium — and none of it could be blamed on beleaguered quarterback Matt Schaub. It was the highest point total for the Rams since 2006 Scott Linehan's first year as Rams head coach. For the second week in a row the opportunistic Rams mixed the run and the pass with winning results leveling their record at 3-3 with an emphatic road victory. Quarterback Sam Bradford threw only 16 passes; but thanks to three short touchdown passes posted a career best 134.6 passer rating. Running back Zac Stacy had another strong day despite sore ribs gaining 79 yards on 18 carries. But it was the struggling Rams’ special teams unit and the Rams’ defense that turned this one into a rout in the second half. The Texans considered one of the leading Super Bowl contenders in the AFC entering the season fell to 2-4 with their fourth consecutive loss. Arian Foster had nearly 100 yards rushing in the first half and the Texans outgained the Rams 248 yards to 115 in the opening two quarters. But it was the Rams who took a double-digit lead into the locker room at halftime for the second week in a row. Last week the Rams were up 24-10 against Jacksonville at intermission; this week it was 17-6 Rams after a pair of Bradford touchdown passes and a Greg Zuerlein field goal. The Rams’ defense didn’t have many answers for Houston’s stretch/cutback running game at the outset. Foster had 18 yards on his first carry of the day and 11 on his second. But the Texans didn’t get any points out of their first possession or their second series for that matter. Meanwhile the Rams scored their first offensive touchdown of the season in the first quarter thanks in large part to a 40-yard pass interference call against Kareem Jackson trying to cover Brian Quick on a deep pass down the right sideline. That play advanced the ball to the Houston 25. Four plays and two first downs later the Rams had a first-and-goal at the 2.
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