Victory – Photo credit:Â Scott Rovak
ROCK the DOME in St Louis
Buccaneers 23 Rams 31
By Kasey Mcknelly @Cmcknelly
This week I am writing from the heart. Thursday night at the Edward Jones Dome was nothing short of amazing. As I took my seat on the 50 yard line, front row behind the Rams, I could not help but wonder if it was the last time but that feeling didn’t last long. The Dome was far from capacity but much like every other game this year we were loud and present. Our squad knew we were there to cheer them on and they were there to give us a show.
The rookie RB Todd Gurley went over 1000 yards, the first time a Ram has had a 1000 yard season since RB Steven Jackson 2005-2012. He is only the 3rd Rams rookie to ever do this. He joins Hall Of FamersÂ Eric Dickerson and Jerome Bettis. Â Gurleyâ€™s name, along with the nights opposing QB Jameis Winston is being tossed around as Offensive Rookie of the Year.Â Gurley ended the night with 1 TD on 21 touches and 48 rushing yards.Â Overall, the entire offense had an awesome night.
Thursday night was the second game for the new OC Rob Boras.Â Tavon Austin WR had an awesome night.Â Austin had 2 TDs, 1 on the ground and 1 in the air.Â Austin is the ONLY player in NFL history to have 7 rushing TDs, 9 receiving TDs and punt returns in his first 3 seasons.Â It has always been said he is a special player and it seems that the Rams have finally found a way to use him effectively.Â I have to wonder if Austin didn’t have a different motivation on the field Thursday?
It has been released now thatÂ head coach Jeff Fisher arranged for a FaceTime call from recovering WR Stedman Bailey in the afternoon meeting.Â Austin and Bailey are very close, they attended West Virginia University together and were drafted to the Rams together in 2012.Â Austin held up the #12 with each touchdown on Thursday.Â WR Kenny Britt had a big TD on Thursday as well.Â It was an overall offensive team victory.Â Backup QB Case Keenum was 14/17 for 234 yards and 2 TDs; posting the highest passer rating by a Ram’s quarterback in prime time ever. The defense remained consistent and CB Trumaine Johnson added to his INT count.
Johnson also lead the defense with 9 tackles followed by Rodney McLeod with 8.Â DT Aaron Donald did not sack the QB Sunday but he continues to make huge plays and the entire league is noticingÂ the explosive play of this second year DT. Talk has already started that he could be in the hunt for Defensive Player of the Year and would certainly win a trip to the Pro Bowl. The crowd erupted when special team RB Benny Cunningham broke free and ran a kick back for 102 yards.Â Cunningham has always shown glimpses of this athleticism but this week he let it shine.
The fans in the stands were greeted by current and future Hall Of Famers Torry Holt, Orlando Pace, Aeneas Williams, Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner.Â We were even privileged to see Warner make one more pass to Big Game Torry Holt.Â The crowd was LOUD and chanting most of the night.Â â€œKEEP OUR RAMS!! KEEP OUR RAMS!!” Â The city nor the Rams know what the future holds but the fans have shown up and we’ve shown our support.Â The Rams have 2 more road games and we will continue to support our team.
Benny CunninghamÂ is named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.