(FootballStL) -- He’s not going to set any NFL passing records this season, but Kellen Clemens is performing better than many fans expected since taking over for the injured Sam Bradford.
Clemens and the Rams have put 80 points on the scoreboard in their last two games, both victories over playoff contenders. In his last three starts, Clemens has thrown four touchdown passes, no interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 100.5.
“I’m just grateful for the opportunity,” said Clemens after the win over Chicago. “I really am. I’m in there with a great group of guys. Receivers are making plays. Jared Cook had some big plays for us again. Then, obviously again, it goes back to the offensive line. They’re giving me a lot of time, and then, we’re running the heck out of the ball. I’m really humbled just to be here and trying to enjoy the moment.”
Cook caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. “Kellen’s a great quarterback,” said Cook. “We’ve always had confidence in Kellen. He communicates well. He really leads this offense to do great things and he can make plays with his feet, so he’s been doing a tremendous job of just getting us down the field and putting us in great positions where we can just keep the chains moving.”
The Rams have been in position to win each of the four games Clemens has started at quarterback. They came up one play short in close losses to both Seattle and Tennessee.
If those games had ended differently, the Rams and Kellen Clemens would be one of the biggest stories in the NFL right now. As things stand, their 5-6 record puts them only on the fringe of the playoff race. They’d probably have to win all of their remaining five games to earn a wild card spot.
Clemens said, “We’ve gone through some stuff. Obviously, you lose your starting quarterback, that’s tough. So, I think the guys really appreciate the wins at this point and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Cook said at one point during the game with the Bears, after Clemens made a big play, he jokingly told the quarterback that he loved him. Clemens was asked about that conversation after the game. “Well, the huddle’s kind of like Vegas” said Clemens. “What happens there stays there.”