In perhaps the most surprising result of this NFL season, the St. Louis Rams went to Indianapolis and dominated the Colts in all phases of the game, winning 38-8 in a contest that was never even close.
The story of the game was Rams rookie receiver Tavon Austin, who finally had the kind of game the Rams were hoping for when they drafted him. Austin had a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown, and touchdown catches of 57 and 81 yards. All in all, Austin had a whopping 314 all-purpose yards.
The other story of the game was that the Colts’ offense was a mess. Although Andrew Luck totaled 354 yards, a lot of that was in garbage time, and he threw three interceptions. Trent Richardson was terrible, gaining just two yards on five carries.
The Colts play in a bad division, the AFC South, and so they’re still heavy favorites to make the playoffs. But they look like a team whose injuries are taking a serious toll.
The Rams play in a good division, the NFC West, and so they’re unlikely to make the playoffs. But they look like a team that’s still playing hard. They sure took it to the Colts today.