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    Chandler throws on a running play wire reports

    TEMPE, Ariz. (Dec. 19, 2004) -- The NFC West is so bad that a team with a losing record could win it -- even the Arizona Cardinals.

    The St. Louis Rams had a chance to take control of the league's worst division, but they fell flat in a 31-7 loss to the Cardinals.

    Josh McCown threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and the Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak.

    McCown, starting his second game since being benched for three, went 22-of-34 for 287 yards with no interceptions. He had TD passes of 8 and 4 yards to Larry Fitzgerald, and scoring runs of 1 and 9 yards.

    A victory would have moved the Rams into a tie with Seattle atop the division, since St. Louis holds the tiebreaker with two wins over the Seahawks. Instead, the Rams fell to 6-8, just one game ahead of the Cardinals (5-9), who improbably are still alive.

    "We didn't see this coming," Rams wide receiver Torry Holt said. "If there was any game on the schedule that we felt confident about coming in and winning, it would be Arizona."

    If Arizona wins its last two, and both Seattle and St. Louis go 0-2, the Cardinals would take the division title at 7-9.

    "I'm surprised that a 5-9 team is in it, but I'm not surprised that it's this team," McCown said. "We have it in us. We have the talent, we have the capability to do this, it's just a consistency thing."

    With quarterback Marc Bulger out with a shoulder injury, 39-year-old Chris Chandler lasted just one quarter for the Rams before he was replaced by Jamie Martin, who saw his first regular-season action in two years. He was signed by the Rams earlier this month when Bulger was injured.

    St. Louis coach Mike Martz put much of the blame on Chandler, saying the veteran quarterback threw the ball on a run play on the first series and made other elementary mistakes.

    "It's tragic for this football team, for that position to hold this whole football team hostage," Martz said, "but that's where we are."

    Martz praised Martin's play, considering the circumstances, but said, "I just don't know what to call when you've got a guy in there that's never been in there."

    The Rams' touchdown came on Leonard Little 's 61-yard fumble return with 7 seconds left in the first half.

    "When you score 31 points, hold a team to seven points and basically no points against the offense -- and not in position to kick even field goals -- then you feel like you've done a very good job," Arizona coach Dennis Green said.

    St. Louis' only serious offensive threat ended when Holt was hit by Ifeanyi Ohalete and fumbled as he was about to cross the goal line. Ohalete recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

    The Rams had minus-20 yards of offense in the first quarter. Chandler, intercepted six times last week, was 1-for-6 for 1 yard with an interception. He was sacked twice.

    Arizona went 73 yards in 10 plays on its second possession. McCown's 30-yard pass to Bryant Johnson and Emmitt Smith 's 19-yard run set up McCown's 1-yard sneak for the score.

    Then, Chandler overthrew Isaac Bruce and David Macklin intercepted at the St. Louis 44. Neil Rackers ' 48-yard field goal made it 10-0. McCown's 8-yarder to Fitzgerald made it 17-0.

    With seconds left before halftime, Arizona moved from its 20 to the St. Louis 29, but Leonard Davis missed a block and McCown was hit by Anthony Hargrove. Little picked up the ball and ran it back, cutting Arizona's lead to 17-7.

    The Cardinals went ahead 24-7 on McCown's 4-yard pass to Fitzgerald halfway through the third quarter. A roughing-the-passer penalty on McCown's third-down 18-yard completion to Obafemi Ayanbadejo set up McCown's 9-yard touchdown sweep and it was 31-7 with 10:54 left.

    McCown has had two strong showings since his benching. He said that he learned from watching after being in the action for awhile. Also, while he was benched, a close family member died -- an experience that has made him more relaxed on the field.

    "Just realizing how short life is and wanting to come out and play like it's your last game every time, and just cutting it loose," McCown said, declining to identify the relative.


    Rams LB Tommy Polley was thrown out of the game for punching Arizona NT Russell Davis on the sideline with 13:32 remaining.
    St. Louis allowed over 30 points for the sixth time this season.
    The Rams lost to an NFC West team for the first time this season.
    Emmitt Smith left with a sudden migraine headache in the second quarter, but came back in the second half.

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    Re: Chandler throws on a running play

    I just hope that chandler is CUT NOW.....

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    Martz should cut him before the 3pm news conference today. It’s the right thing to do both politically, and talent wise. I watched Chandler practice at Macomb, and before games. He never could hit the broad side of a barn. Strong arm, but no accuracy. Mix is a bit of confusion and you get a disaster.

    Martin should be applauded for his effort. It’s nice to see a couch potato strap on a helmet and play acceptably well.

    I played high school ball, so if Martz calls, I got some game left….J


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    Re: Chandler throws on a running play

    You have to wonder if sometime during the game Jeff Smoker and Steven Jackson looked at each other and thought... "why did he bother drafting us if he's not going to use us?"

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    Re: Chandler throws on a running play

    You have to wonder if sometime during the game Jeff Smoker and Steven Jackson looked at each other and thought... "why did he bother drafting us if he's not going to use us?"
    I'll agree with that completely....

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