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Rams make rookie look like rookie, beat Cards

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Two weeks ago, Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens were deactivated and running stairs as punishment, after missing curfew.

This week, they were helping the Rams win a game to improve to 4-6-1.

Jenkins had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, and Givens caught a third-quarter touchdown while helped the Rams pull away during a 28-17 win over the Cardinals. Givens finished with five catches for 115 yards, giving them a legitimate target other than the ailing Danny Amendola (one catch for 38 yards).

Along with Steven Jackson’s 24-carry, 139-yard game, the Rams pulled away with 17 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to a win after a nervy first half. It was their first win since beating the Cardinals in Week Four.

The performance of rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley (four interceptions) proved conclusively why the Cards were interested in Peyton Manning this offseason.

They play good defense, have one of the game’s best receivers and a serviceable running game, but no quarterback. While the offensive line isn’t to the caliber he’s working behind in Denver, a quarterback of Manning’s caliber would have the Cards in the thick of the playoff race instead of 4-7 (with seven straight losses).

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16 Responses to “Rams make rookie look like rookie, beat Cards”
  1. toadthechoad says: Nov 25, 2012 7:37 PM

    Janoris Jenkins is going to be special. Good win for the rams.

  2. ramcountry says: Nov 25, 2012 7:38 PM

    The Rams had not swept a division opponent or produced a winning record against the West since 2004.

    Now they have done both.

    In the past people said the Rams were headed in the right direction, but it is difficult to prove the abstract.

    Regardless of how the rest of the season goes, this division record is tangible. This is a sign of progress.

    PS: S-Jax has not slowed down at all. Thanks Rams, for keeping him.

  3. satanphoenix says: Nov 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    I don’t think PM would be stupid enough to throw behind this offensive line.

  4. clayme52 says: Nov 25, 2012 7:58 PM

    Whisenhunt’s seat is feeling extra warm this winter

  5. twfur says: Nov 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    Rams have to take it on the chin and get a QB.

  6. TheWizard says: Nov 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    Tebow

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:17 PM

    I feel bad for Jackson being stuck on such a lousy team for so long. I hope they let him go so he can sign on with a good team next year and see the playoffs before his career is over.

  8. stairwayto7 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:19 PM

    Here is scouting report on Lindley:
    1. Can’t throw deep
    2. Can’t throw to the outside
    3. can only throw between the hash marks!
    4. Belong on the BENCH!

  9. goldenghost129 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:46 PM

    It’s not the rams, it’s the Cardinals. The Rams didn’t do anything.

  10. wilddeuce03 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:33 PM

    Man I feel bad for Fitzgerald. Great talent being wasted ever since Warner retired.

  11. 1oldpro says: Nov 25, 2012 9:35 PM

    Kurt Warner was even a better QB than I had imagined. He and Antonio Smith must have just carried this team on their backs for half a year.
    The Rooneys are geniuses for hiring Tomlin and passing on Whiz.
    Larry Fitzgerald must now know how Andre Johnson felt with David Carr under center. Every QB on that team since Warner has decidedly regressed. Skelton as a rookie was a better QB than he is now.

  12. pozzbsu13 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:48 PM

    The Rams won 31-17

  13. ramsfan88 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    great game rams! fukkin a, givens and jenkins are slowly becoming damn good players..and to my fav ram, “action” jackson another steller game, hope we sign ya for another couple years!…..
    RAMnation

  14. sacaypaga says: Nov 26, 2012 6:48 AM

    Niners are going to make lamb chops out of them. Colin’s going to bust a kap on them.

  15. turfrage says: Nov 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    Did you even watch the game? Score was 31-17.

  16. turfrage says: Nov 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    So far this young, basically rookie RAMS team might be rebuilding, but not one team in the NFC West has been able to beat them so far!! Look out in the future is all I can say.

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