Report Card: Rams Crush Colts In Indy
By Joe Vastola
Coming into last week’s matchup against the Colts, the Rams found themselves on the ropes, at 3-6, after losing three straight games. They were hoping to bounce back against Andrew Luck's bunch, a team that looked poised to make a Super Bowl run. The Rams not only played their best game of the season, but they embarrassed one of the NFL's better teams in their own building. Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens only needed to throw 16 passes, as the Rams took an early lead and never looked back. Luck threw for 353 yards, but threw three interceptions to help prevent any sort of Colts comeback.
Here are the grades from the Rams' impressive, Week 10 performance:
Kellen Clemens, B: This was Clemens' best game this season. He completed 9-of-16 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He looked very comfortable in the pocket and relied on the Rams' strong defensive performance to notch the W. His numbers could have been better, only if the Rams hadn’t jumped out to such an early lead.
Tavon Austin, A: Sunday's performance was the exact reason the Rams drafted him. He showed just how exciting he can be, finding the end zone on three separate occasions. His 98-yard punt return was one of the most impressive plays of the entire season. Austin’s speed makes him a threat every time he touches the ball. He ended the day with 138 receiving yards, 172 return yards and three touchdowns.
Zac Stacy, C: Stacy finally cooled off, but he still played an important role in the Rams' victory. While he only rushed for 62 yards, he did score a touchdown. In addition, he was a large part of the offense, racking up 26 carries and providing Clemens with strong protection out of the backfield.
Defense, A-: The defense held Andrew Luck to his lowest point total of the season. While Luck did throw for 353 yards, they made big plays all day and forced the usually-cerebral quarterback into uncharacteristic turnovers. Luck had three interceptions and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The Rams' defense doesn’t get an A because they still showed they can give up a lot of yards. If Luck hits a few open receivers — and avoids a few of those turnovers — it could have been a close game.
Next Up: The Rams will have their bye week and then travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in Week 12 (Nov. 24).