By Danny Cox
For the second week in a row, an opponent from the NFC South headed to St. Louis to take on the Rams. For the second week in a row, that opponent left St. Louis after being handily defeated by the Rams. Tampa Bay came in hoping to make the most of the end of their season, but the Rams were not going to allow it.
Coaching Grade: B
Jeff Fisher is building a really good team in St. Louis, and it is showing in every aspect of the team. The numbers aren’t overly impressive yet, but they are getting there. Fisher called for a balanced offensive attack against the Bucs, but the running game was proving to be successful so they stayed with it.
Fisher avoided any blatant coaching mistakes and his staff also put together a solid outing. Things are looking good for the Rams future.
Offense Grade: B+
Quarterback Kellen Clemens completed 16 of his 20 pass attempts for 158 yards and no touchdowns, but he didn’t throw any interceptions either. He played a good game and controlled the offense well which was mostly led by the running game that just dominated the Buccaneers.
Zac Stacy only had a 3.2 yard per carry average, but he rushed 33 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Stedman Bailey only had one carry as a wide receiver, but it was a reverse that went for 27 yards and a touchdown. With an impressive running attack, the Rams controlled the game and the clock.
The two lost fumbles was not a good sign though and Rams staff will have to work ball control this week.
Defense Grade: A+
It was the defense of the St. Louis Rams that did so much for the team on Sunday, and it was the main reason that the Bucs left with a loss. Tampa Bay produced a mere 170 total yards with only 59 of them coming on the ground.
The Rams forced two turnovers (fumbles) and were able to sack Mike Glennon an incredible seven times for a total loss of 47 yards on the day. Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson had a big day with 98 yards on five receptions, but the rest of the team was held to virtually nothing.
Special Teams Grade: B
Kicker Greg Zuerlein hit all three of his field goals including a long of 54 yards. He made the ultimate difference in having 11 points on the day and being nothing but consistent.
Johnny Hekker only had to punt twice on the day, but he averaged 44 yards and had one downed inside the 20-yard-line.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.