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Rams 19, Buccaneers 17: Austin Davis Shines in Coming Out Party

The Rams win one of the stranger games of the 2014 season. And Austin Davis? He looked good. Real good.

Cliff McBride

The lightning came and left. So did the Rams' winless 2014 season.

After an extremely impressive performance from Austin Davis, the Rams leave Tampa 1-1 winning 19-17.

Big takeaways?

- Davis looked skrong. He finished 22 of 29 for 235 yards, but that doesn't tell the full story. The Rams, understandably, limited the complexity of the offense early. Davis started off fine, but the offense wasn't exactly fireworks. But to lead your team down for what would be the game-winning touchdown? That's impressive. And it came on the back of his arm, not the tenacity of Zac Stacy whose performance was largely limited in the second half. More on that later this week,.

- Greg Zuerlein. Oh you sold on GZ? You moved on? Greg the Leg's overrated? Get back on this boat, bruh.

- The passing defense. Against an offense with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans, the Rams let up just 179 yards passing with nary a passing TD. Get it.

- TJ McDonald. Punt block. FG block. Five tackles. Yup.

- The coaching. Look, we give Schottey a tough time, and deservedly so. But the gameplan opened up in the second half. The Rams pushed the ball and spread it around at that. And five penalties? These Rams? Just five? For this bunch, that should be the goal.

It was ugly at times, sure, but this team isn't going to win pretty. That's not the point. The point is just to win.

And today, behind Austin Davis, the Rams did just that.

.500 with the Dallas game to go before the bye. Get ready.