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Rams to stress run vs Carolina ..
By Doug Vaughn / FootballStL
It worked last week, why not try it again? The Rams running game finally came to life in the victory over the Houston Texans.
A ground game that had produced next to nothing in previous weeks, rolled up 99 yards on 25 carries in the 38-13 win. Not exactly record breaking numbers, but a definitely upgrade. Look for the Rams game plan Sunday against Carolina to rely heavily on the running game again.
“We’re going to just hope to continue with it,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “Our challenge this week, however, is a little different from the standpoint that this defense is very good against the run. This defense is very well-coached, very aggressive, not giving up any points. They have not been scored upon in the first quarter this year.”
Quarterback Sam Bradford threw only 16 passes in the Houston game for 117 yards. That’s not what you’re looking for in your fantasy quarterback, but the numbers were just fine with Bradford. He had three touchdown passes and a QB rating of 134.6. A big reason for Bradford’s efficiency was the Rams ability to run the ball.
“It’s huge,” said Bradford. “You’ve seen the past two weeks just having some balance between the run game and the pass game, I think it’s led us to be more efficient. We’ve kept defenses off balance with what we’re doing. I think it’s been really good for all aspects of our game. When you play a defense that’s as good as Carolina, you’ve got to be able to run the football and you’ve got to be able to keep them off balance.”
Zac Stacy has moved ahead of Daryl Richardson on the depth chart as the Rams starting running back. Stacy had 18 carries for 79 yards last week. He doesn’t have explosive speed, and isn’t likely to break any zigzagging, 80 yard touchdown runs. But he’s proven to be tough to tackle on the short runs.
Bradford said, “We saw a clip today in a team meeting of him running over (Texans LB Brian) Cushing and him running over (Texans S) Ed Reed, and I think that just gets everyone fired up. Gives us kind of a spark to go out there this week and do it again this week because it’s fun. I think guys feed off that. The guys up front feed off that when they know that Zac’s running that hard.”
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