Rams at best entering bye week

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm •  Published: November 11, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams are entering their bye week on a high note.

They built such a huge cushion against the heavily favored Colts that they didn't need any late-game scores to end a three-game losing streak.

"It's a little bit different going down the stretch when you're up by 30," quarterback Kellen Clemens said. "It was fun just to get a win. It's been a while."

The Rams (4-6), finished off a 38-8 romp on the road fueled by rookie Tavon Austin's long-awaited breakout performance, and big plays in all phases.

It was the franchise's largest margin of victory since a 36-0 rout of the Falcons on Oct. 13, 2003 — also the Rams' last winning season.

Sure, coach Jeff Fisher said, it was more enjoyable reviewing game tape.

"But as coaches we still have to be realistic," Fisher said Monday. "We have to be critical and grade, and look at the mistakes."

They'll practice Wednesday and Thursday before players get a four-day weekend.

Tight end Lance Kendricks (broken finger) will work out wearing a cast, and Fisher said safety T.J. McDonald (broken leg) and guard Harvey Dahl (knee) are getting closer to returning.

Until Dahl is ready, perhaps another game or so, Fisher will stick with Rodger Saffold at a guard.

The alignment allows the Rams to put their five top linemen on the field. Joe Barksdale emerged at right tackle while Saffold battled injuries earlier in the season.

"We discussed it real early last week and felt like that would be a good option," Fisher said.

The Rams traded up eight spots to draft Austin eighth overall in April. It paid off for the first time with 314 all-purpose yards, 98 of them on a daring punt return that surprised the Colts.

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