First things first: Robert Quinn is official the NFL sack leader, after he dropped Mike Glennon three times today. It puts him in a solid position to win the first ever Deacon Jones award at the end of the season, as well as a shot at Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL. Indianapolis' Robert Mathis was held to ZERO sacks today, giving Quinn a 1.5 lead going into Week #17.
Next up, St. Louis closes out their home schedule for 2013 with a win, beating Tampa Bay 23-13. Progress was shown by rookies Zac Stacy and Stedman Bailey, who had a great catch over the middle on a high throw by Kellen Clemens. The Rams' defensive scheme appeared to be bend and not break the entire game, but Tampa's Vincent Jackson was a problem they couldn't solve. He finished the day with 5 catches for 98. Penalties and ball handling miscues were the featured items of the day for both teams. St. Louis had 7 flags thrown for a whopping 85 yards. Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball at times, with two fumbles lost by each.
Stedman Bailey led all St. Louis receivers with 44 yards on three catches to go with his first career touchdown on a 27 yard reverse. The fan-base for the former UWV star is growing each week, as he continues to grow and excel. The Rams' defense recorded seven sacks on the day, led by Quinn's three, Chris Long (1), James Laurinaitis (1.5), T.J. McDonald (1.0, and Alec Ogletree (.5).
Coming out of his shell, Greg Zuerlein hit three field goals, with one coming from a season long 54 yards.
The sad news of the day centers around the injury to starting left tackle Jake Long. While the extent of his injury is still unknown, the scuttlebutt traveling around the Twitter-verse is it's a ACL. If so, this could drastically Jeff Fisher and Les Snead's draft plans if they were thinking of passing over some of the offensive line talent in the 2014 draft class. Rodger Saffold stepped in and played a great game on the left side, shifting over from the right guard position.
Zac Stacy finished with 101 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries. That's a heck of a lot of touches for the rookie out of Vanderbilt, whose previous high was 28 carries.
Next up for the Rams: The Seattle Seahawks, who play Arizona today.