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Rams defense improves on third down efficiency in loss to Giants

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St. Louis Rams defensive end James Hall sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) By Bill Kostroun St. Louis Rams defensive end James Hall sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) By Bill Kostroun
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) is tackled by St. Louis Rams free safety Quintin Mikell during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) is tackled by St. Louis Rams free safety Quintin Mikell during the first quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez

(FootballStL) -- The St. Louis Rams defense had allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to complete eight first downs on 13 third down attempts last week.  On Monday night, the Rams defense allowed the New York Giants offense only five first downs on 15 third down attempts.

The Rams defense sacked the opposing team’s quarterback four times for the first time since since last December at the San Francisco 49ers.  The sacks included one by rookie DE Robert Quinn.  It was Quinn’s first career NFL game and sack.  Quinn was selected 14th overall by the Rams in the 2011 NFL Draft.

LB James Laurinaitis led the Rams defense with 14 total tackles including 9 solo tackles.

S Quintin Mikell had his 11th career interception in the 1st quarter of the 28-16 loss to the Giants.  His last interception came in December last year at the New York Giants.  The interception was also the eighth consecutive game the Rams had a takeaway.

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