Vaughn: Rams get “must win” victory

Vaughn: Rams get “must win” victory

Vaughn: Rams get “must win” victory

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by Doug Vaughn/ FootballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

(FootballSTL) -- It’s hard to consider a game in week 5 a “must win”, but it felt like that for the Rams.

They may have lost what fan support they still have with a loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars at home.

After a shaky start, the Rams came back and secured the 34-20 victory. 

“It was a good win for us, “said Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “As we’ve been talking about during the past week there were things that we set out to do, things we needed to do differently. Fortunately, we were able to put those things in motion a little bit. When you have 36 rushes and 34 pass attempts, or whatever it was, and balance that suggests that you’re keeping the ball and you’re creating third down situations that are convertible and so on, so forth. We’ve still got a long way to go. Made some mistakes. Had some opportunities. Need to clean up the special teams stuff. I think we came through it healthy and it’s nice to get a win under our belts.”

It was also nice to find a running game. Rookie Zac Stacy showed a burst, and may have secured the starting job over Daryl Richardson. Stacy had 14 carries for 78 yards.

“It was pretty much a good, productive day. It all started up front, but we came into the game – we wanted to establish the run and we got that job done today,” said Stacy, “It was just overall a good team win for us. Coach Fisher, he loves that physical type of running, and that’s one thing that we all emphasize in the running back room. We want to bring that physicality out there on the field, so it was pretty much what we emphasized all week.”

Sam Bradford had a solid outing, completing 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Bradford said it was a big win to get, coming off that dreadful showing against San Francisco last Thursday.

“After last Thursday night I think everyone in this locker room was pretty frustrated because we know that we’re capable of playing at a much higher level than we did. I think it was a long wait to get back on the field,” Bradford said, “That’s kind of the problem with playing on Thursday night is there’s a big break. If you lose you have to wait a long time to get back on the field, so I think everyone was excited to get out there today. To pull out the win, I think it’s huge for this group. It’ll give us some confidence going forward.”

The Rams will be in Houston next Sunday to play a struggling Texans team that was blown out by San Francisco on Sunday night, 34-3.  

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