Strong running game helps Rams to 24-14 halftime lead

In an entertaining and sometimes feisty first half on Sunday afternoon, the Rams’ offense produced, putting together three TD drives and putting host St. Louis up 24-14 vs. Chicago.

The Rams’ ground game was outstanding, racking up 167 yards on just 16 carries. Receiver Tavon Austin set the tone with a 65-yard TD run on the Rams’ first drive. Fellow rookie Zac Stacy also made a big impact, racking up 87 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

The Bears’ offense moved the ball well, too, with quarterback Josh McCown completing 16-of-21 passes for 143 yards. McCown threw TD passes to tight end Martellus Bennett (seven yards) and wideout Brandon Marshall (three yards) in the first two quarters.

The Bears (6-4) are tied with the Lions for the NFC North lead. They are also tied from a record standpoint for the first wild-card spot in the conference.