Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams mascot Rampage and cheerleaders perform during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Report Card: Week 1

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The St. Louis Rams had to fight for it but were able to get a 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Here is Arch Authority’s report card of the game.

Quarterback

Sam Bradford had to be poised and confident to bring the Rams back down 24-13. He did just that. Solid game from Bradford.

Grade: B+

Running Backs:

Neither team could run the ball today but that’s still no excuse. Daryl Richardson had 20 carries for 63 yards. His longest run was only 10 yards. He did contribute to the passing game which helped but you should still expect more in the running game.

Grade: B-

Tight Ends: 

Jared Cook is a beast. 7 catches for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was the star of this game.

Grade: A+

Wide Receivers:

Tavon Austin was thrown to 7 times and caught the ball 6 times for 41 yards. Solid but not spectacular. Chris Givens had 2 catches for 27 yards. Austin Pettis and Brian Quick were the other 2 receivers to catch a ball. Again, nothing spectacular but they caught most of the passes thrown to them which is a good thing.

Grade: B

Offensive Line: 

Zero sacks. Enough said.

Grade: A-

Defense: 

The Rams didn’t give up a sack but it was sack city for the Rams. Robert Quinn had 3 sacks. Rookie Alec Ogletree had 7 tackles. And the kicker? Chris Long was pretty quiet today. Yes the Rams gave up a number of big pass plays but they were able to make enough plays to keep the Rams in the game. Yet another solid game from the Rams.

Grade: B

Overall:

Very solid performance by the Rams. The Arizona Cardinals are a different team than last year so if you look at the final score and think the Rams are overrated, think again. This game shows just how deep the NFC West is. Now the Rams have to go on the road to Atlanta to face off against Steven Jackson and the Atlanta Falcons. If the Rams want to get to the playoffs, they need to win games like the one in Atlanta. However, the Rams should celebrate tonight.

Grade: B+ 

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