St Louis Rams Back To .500 After Beating Browns


The St Louis Rams are back to .500.

The St Louis Rams got back on track Sunday, beating the Cleveland Browns 24-6 in front of their home crowd. The Rams played another great game on defense, and it took until the second half, but eventually got some offensive help as well.

Nick Foles finished 15/23 with 163 yards through the air, which is pretty incredible considering how many times he got hit. Nick Foles was once again a human punching bag at quarterback, getting pressured almost every time he dropped back and getting hit on most of the pressures that occurred. Foles didn’t have any touchdowns, but he also didn’t turn the ball over. A quiet day for Foles, but with no turnovers, it made sense to let Todd Gurley run the course and carry the team.

Todd Gurley finished with his third consecutive 100 yard rushing game. Gurley finished 19 carries and 128 yards on the ground. Gurley also managed to run for two touchdowns, which were his first ever in the NFL. Gurley turned heads once again by hurdling defenders, powering through tackles, and gaining huge chunks of yards at a time. Todd Gurley finished with 97 yards after contact on the day, which means only 31 came without contact. An impressive stat to say the least. Todd Gurley also caught four catches for 35 yards.

The St Louis Rams defense once again played an outstanding game. The stat line may not show it, but the Rams once again created turnovers and kept their opponents out of the endzone. Josh McCown finished 26/32 with 270 yards through the air. The Browns finished with almost 300 total passing yards and 82 rushing yards, meaning they had no problem moving the ball. The Rams allowed smaller plays to happen on defense, but once again held their opponent to field goals, two in the game against the Browns, and created turnovers. The Rams forced four fumbles on the day, including two fumbles forced by William Hayes, who replaced Chris Long at LE. The Rams also racked up four sacks on the day, two coming from Hayes, who had a monster day. Mark Barron is doing a wonderful job filling in for injured Alec Ogletree, as he racked up 16 tackles on the day. The Rams also had a defensive touchdown, in which Rodney Mcleod returned a fumble for a touchdown.

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The St Louis Rams made some mental mistakes as usual. The Rams finished with nine penalties, but it didn’t seem as bad with the Browns committing 11 penalties of their own. The Rams also made some huge mistakes that cost them points. Greg Zuerlein missed a chip shot field goal, and a 63 yarder, making him one of three on the day. Jared Cook also had a huge fumble in Cleveland territory that would have either resulted in a touchdown or a field goal at the minimum. It’s nice to think the Rams could have put up 30+ points, because eventually they will have to stop the mental errors in order to win in tougher games.

Oct 25, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The St Louis Rams once again relied on Todd Gurley to carry the team, which is perfectly fine considering the job he is doing. Nick Foles played a lot better than he did at Green Bay, so over all, the Rams had much improvement and got a very important win. The St Louis Rams have San Francisco next week at home.

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