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Third time’s a charm for the St. Louis Rams.
In typical Jeff Fisher style, he walks up to the podium and politely inquires as to how everyone is doing, then he asks, “Do we have any questions?” He smirks, as if he would just leave if they didn’t. After his 150th regular season win, Coach Fisher seemed most impressed by the protection his offensive line provided for Sam Bradford. He mentioned that Bradford was only touched six times, with no sacks, allowing him to complete 27 of 38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns with a passer rating of 100.7 This marks the third consecutive game that the Rams have gone without a sack. Not since the late seventies has this anomaly occurred. Left Tackle, Jake Long, played a huge part in Bradford’s safe day, but he gave a scare when he went down in the fourth quarter. Luckily the two-minute warning gave him a breather, and he was able to return to the game without missing a play.
The next set of impressive threes came from Robert Quinn. Using a powerful speed rush, combined with a fast set of chop moves, the third year Defensive End from South Carolina, blasted through pass protection all day, giving Carson Palmer fits. He seemingly sees red when he plays the redbirds. In the last meeting, he recorded a career best three sacks also. His third sack on this day was a pivotal point in the game, as he forced a fumble, recovered by Chris Long, which led to a 38-yard field goal, one of three for Greg Zuerlein.
Before the game several Arizona Cardinals’ players were marveling at Legatron busting 60-yard field goals through the uprights with room to spare. During the game, they weren’t as impressed. Having the ability to seal the game with the leg is one of the greatest assets a football team can have, hence the name football. Zuerlein’s last field goal was a 48-yarder with :45 seconds left in the game which sealed the victory.
All of this wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the outstanding performance by Jared Cook, break out fantasy stud, (I could reference my article on Jeff Fisher and Coaching Philosophies here but, ok I will) just missed out on a hat trick with his first big play of the day. Even with the fumble on the goal line, Cook had 141 yards on seven receptions and led the team in both categories. He also had two touchdowns but it should have been three. Didn’t he get the power of three memo? The man is a beast at 6’5” 250 lbs, and he runs a 4.49 40. Cook simply needs to remember that he’s not faster than everyone else, especially talented, young safeties.
Coach Fisher alluded to this with his three areas to improve this week: Protecting the football, reducing penalties, and scoring in plus territory. Ah, the power of three.
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The St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn racked up three sacks while fellow defensive end Chris Long threw in another takedown, three hurries of quarterback Carson Palmer and one batted pass in a win over the Arizona Cardinals. They are making the case of being the best bookend pass rushing duo in the NFL, however, before you can reach those illustrious heights, they'll need a nickname.
St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn forced two fumbles and collected three sacks in the team's victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
As I said in the Cardinals’ write up, the Rams and Cardinals are more evenly matched than maybe any teams in the NFL and that if they were to play in Arizona, the Cardinals would win by a field goal. Sam Bradford looks much improved thanks to an improved receiving corps, led by Jared Cook, completing 27 of 38 yards for 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, and pick. However, their secondary...
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ST. LOUIS -- After he dragged down Carson Palmer three times, twice knocking the ball from the Arizona quarterback's hand in the process, Robert Quinn's phone went off.
"He texted me, and we were going back and forth for a while," Quinn says Wednesday. "He was like, 'You know, if you keep that up ...' I was like, Come on, really?"
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