TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Rams are getting accustomed to Janoris Jenkins doing special things when the rookie cornerback gets his hands on the football.
Jenkins scored his fourth touchdown of the season Sunday, returning a first-half interception 41 yards to help the NFL's youngest team stay in the running for a winning record with a 28-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I'm just trying to make plays for my team and just trying to be accountable," said Jenkins, a second-round draft pick who has scored on three of his four interceptions and also returned a fumble for a TD. "Every man has got to do his job, and I just want to be able to do my job for these guys I'm out there with."
Jenkins took advantage of receiver Mike Williams slipping to the ground to pick off Josh Freeman's sideline throw. He did a tight-rope act to stay in bounds, then took off up the field.
The Rams weren't surprised where he wound up.
"I just turn and block, just like in practice. I don't even have to look, and then I turn around and see him in the end zone," defensive end Chris Long said. "He's a special talent, a dangerous player when he's got the ball in his hands."
St. Louis (7-7-1) won for the fourth time in the past five games, with Sam Bradford throwing for a pair of touchdowns and Steven Jackson rushing for 81 yards and one TD to move within 10 yards of reaching 1,000 for the eighth consecutive season. Tight end Lance Kendricks scored on an 80-yard reception and finished with four catches for 119 yards.
A victory in next week's finale at Seattle will give the Rams their first winning record since 2003.
That's a huge step for a team that won two games in 2011.
"We've got seven wins now," first-year coach Jeff Fisher said. "I don't think many people thought we would do that, but we've got a chance to get eight, so that's what our focus is."
Bradford connected with Kendricks on the first play of the third quarter to build on a 14-6 halftime lead. The Rams' defense did its part, too, with four interceptions and five sacks.
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