TSX: Rams Get First Win

Steve Spagnuolo (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Suddenly, there is light at the end of the Rams' tunnel. After losing their first two games of the season by a total of six points, the Rams rebounded from adversity and took control of a game in the second half in beating the Washington Redskins at home, 30-16.

Now, they prepare for a division home game against the Seattle Seahawks, a team they haven't defeated since 2004.

"This has to be the first of many," center Jason Brown said. "We have to keep this momentum going into next week."

Brown is part of a unit that didn't flinch after running back Steven Jackson left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury. After the Redskins took a 16-14 lead early in the third quarter, the Rams drove 74 yards in 12 plays and scored on a 12-yard touchdown run by Kenneth Darby.

During the drive, quarterback Sam Bradford completed 5-of-9 passes for 61 yards, including two third-down conversions of 18 and 12 yards on blitz hot reads.

"No. 8 stepped up today," Brown said.

Said Bradford, "I think it was huge for us offensively to come out and start the second half the way we did, especially after the past two weeks where we struggled to get going after halftime. To come out and march down and score, I think that really gave a boost to the entire team."

As for the offensive line, he said, "I thought those guys just came out and played with a fire tonight. I think those guys really took it on themselves to keep our run game going and to make sure that we could run the ball. I thought they did an outstanding job opening some holes for our running backs tonight."

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said, "I thought at a certain point in the game, our offensive line took over and there's nothing better than being on the sideline and watching your offensive line play good football."

Brown presented Spagnuolo with a game ball, saying, "He has stuck with us. He never gave up on us.

Said linebacker James Laurinaitis of Spagnuolo, "He told us he was extremely happy for this team, but one win isn't enough. We enjoy it, move on to the next game."

"It gives us a lot of confidence going into next week," wide receiver Danny Amendola said. "We've got a little bit of momentum, and it just shows teams around the league that we can win, and we're excited about it."

NOTES, QUOTES

LINEUP WATCH: Jackson's status was unknown, but indications were he did not suffer a muscle tear. However, he missed four games during the 2007 season because of a groin injury. Darby, who rushed for 49 yards against the Redskins, is first in line, and depth might be needed because rookie Keith Toston suffered a shoulder injury late in the game against Washington.

"He was playing as though he's not a backup," Brown said of Darby. "He played like a starting running back. He stepped up for us today."

BY THE NUMBERS: The Rams reached 30 points in a game for the first time since doing it once during the 2008 season, a 34-14 victory over Dallas on Oct. 19. They scored at least 20 only twice last season and three times in 2008.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

- RB Steven Jackson left the game against Washington in the second quarter with a groin injury after rushing for 58 yards on 10 carries, including a 42-yard touchdown run. He is scheduled for an MRI Monday, but the initial belief is that the muscle isn't torn.

- RB Keith Toston, who rushed for 22 yards on 11 carries against Washington, suffered a shoulder injury late in the game, the severity of which wasn't immediately known.

- WR Dominique Curry suffered a knee injury covering a punt in the first quarter against Washington, and the fear is it could be his ACL. Curry will have an MRI Monday.

- S Oshiomogho Atogwe, who missed some practice time during the week because of a quad injury, was on and off the field in the first half, then didn't play at all in the second half.

- S Darian Stewart, an undrafted free agent who had been pressed into action because of a concussion suffered by Craig Dahl, was on the field even more against Washington when Oshiomogho Atogwe didn't play much because of a quad injury. Stewart then injured his hamstring late in the game.

- DT Jermelle Cudjo saw significant action in his first NFL game after being signed from the practice squad Saturday. Cudjo was in the tackle rotation because Clifton Ryan (migraines) and Darell Scott (ankle) were inactive.

- CB Kevin Dockery was released the day before the game to make room for DT Jermelle Cudjo on the roster. Dockery is expected to be re-signed.

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