5 things to know after Rams sack Bucs 23-13

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 2:33 am •  Published: December 23, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two weeks ago, the St. Louis Rams were eliminated from playoff contention. Just don't tell Robert Quinn there's nothing to play for.

Quinn led a dominant defensive effort with three sacks, taking the NFL lead and setting a franchise record, in Sunday's 23-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last week he had two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a victory over the Saints.

Fellow defensive ends Chris Long and William Hayes carried Quinn off the field after the Rams (7-8) kept the Buccaneers (4-11) in neutral or reverse, and matched their victory total from last year.

"At first, I was just waiting to congratulate him because I didn't get to congratulate him after the third one because it was fourth-and-1 and we had to get back out there," Long said. "Some people might think it's overkill out there. I've never see anybody like him. He deserves it."

Quinn has 18 sacks, 1½ more than the Colts' Robert Mathis. The last of the Rams' seven sacks of Mike Glennon snapped the franchise record of 17 by Kevin Carter in 1999, the franchise's Super Bowl championship team.

"The guys are happy for me," Quinn said. "I couldn't have done it without them."

Whatever happens next week at Seattle, the Rams will complete a decade without a winning record. They're determined to finish strong.

The Bucs must rally before finishing at New Orleans.

"It was a tough loss," coach Greg Schiano said. "Not for a lack of work or for a lack of not caring, but the result is what the result is."

Five things to know after the Rams' victory:

NO PICKS: Quarterback Kellen Clemens is 4-4 as the stand-in starter while Sam Bradford recuperates from knee surgery.

Though he lost a fumble and didn't have a touchdown pass, he was effective managing another win. Clemens has five TD passes and no interceptions in the four victories, and two TD passes with five interceptions in the losses. He's struggled against top competition, with three of the losses to top-10 defenses — Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona.

"When Sam went down, we rallied," Fisher said.

EARLY OFFENSE: The Buccaneers entered ranked last in the NFL in total offense and passing offense and didn't improve their position against the Rams.

Though they've enjoyed early success, scoring on their second possession 11 times in 15 games with four TDs, including Bobby Rainey's 1-yard run for the lead Sunday, they finished with just 170 yards of offense, setting a season low for the second straight game, and were held to 20 or fewer points for the eighth time.

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