Sam Bradford busted a lengthy slump with a 52-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens for a 14-point cushion, and Robert Quinn had three of the Rams’ nine sacks of Kevin Kolb as St. Louis beat the visiting Arizona Cardinals, 17-3, on Thursday night.
Arizona (4-1) scored at least 20 points in each of its first four games but had no luck containing a pass rush that had just six sacks in its first four games. The Cardinals also got stopped twice inside the 20 in the final minutes.
Lance Kendricks caught a 7-yard TD pass in the first quarter, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Rams (3-2), who improved to 3-0 at home. They were coming off a 19-13 victory over Seattle on Sunday in St. Louis.
The Rams surpassed their two-win total of last season and are above .500 for the first time since they were 4-3 on Nov. 4, 2006.
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After going 3-for-4 for 65 yards and the TD pass to Kendricks on the opening drive, Bradford completed just three of his next 16 passes, for 25 yards, before connecting with Givens.
Even with his surgically repaired right knee still on the mend, the Pittsburgh Steelers are finding ways to use rookie offensive guard David DeCastro.
“He’s been doing all the extra things all the young guys are doing,” joked offensive coordinator Todd Haley. “Some of that includes filling the refrigerator for the offensive line room, and the chip bag and the snack box and all those things.”
All kidding aside, the Steelers are pleased with the progress the No. 24 overall pick out of Stanford has made since injuring his knee in an exhibition win over Buffalo on Aug. 25.
DeCastro, a 2008 graduate of Bellevue High School, is walking without a brace and has been cleared to work on the stationary bike, though it’s still uncertain when he’ll practice.
“I don’t have any pain, so I’m just working hard to try to get back,” DeCastro said.
STATS AND STUFF
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have not connected for a touchdown pass this season. In 2011, they teamed up for two touchdowns in each of the first four games and nine times in five games. … The Titans have given up an NFL-worst 151 points, putting them on pace to allow 604 this season which would shatter the league record of 533 alowed by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.
Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano spoke publicly for the first time about his brother Chuck, the Colts coach who was recently diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia. “Chuck is doing good,” John Pagano said. “He’s a fighter, and he’s going to fight right through this. We text and talk all the time, which is good, but it’s a challenge for him. That said, he’s going to overcome this. There’s no doubt about that.” … The Colts plan to honor Pagano by selling T-shirts, handing out wristbands and promoting a blood drive. … Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks won’t play against Cleveland because of recurring left foot and knee problems. … Two-time Packers Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings won’t play against the Colts because of a groin injury that has nagged him all season. … Jets tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring), who has not played since the season opener, and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill (hamstring) were among six players who sat out practice with injuries. … Bills reserve defensive tackle Spencer Johnson has been ruled out from playing at San Francisco because of an ankle injury.