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Rams season at a glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013

Best Game: Rookie Tavon Austin finally got his breakout game in Week 10 with a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown and scoring receptions of 57 and 81 yards in succession — the NFL version of a hat trick — helping the Rams roar into their bye with a 38-8 rout at Indianapolis.

Worst Game: A week earlier, the Titans' Chris Johnson busted out of a slump and frustrated old coach Jeff Fisher, running for 150 yards and two TDs in a victory in St. Louis.

Best Play: Defensive end Robert Quinn got knocked down at the line against the Saints and crawled for several yards before hopping back to his feet and knocking the ball out of the hands of a surprised Drew Brees. Then, after one of his franchise-record 19 sacks, he recovered the fumble, too.

Biggest Surprise: Zac Stacy came close to giving the franchise a 1,000-yard rusher after the Rams traded their last two draft picks to get him. He was the 160th overall pick and was inactive twice the first four games before getting his shot when Daryl Richardson was sidelined by a foot injury.

Biggest Disappointment: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan, the team's top free agent pickup from Fisher's first season, was ineffective when he wasn't hurt. Before going on injured reserve with an eye injury, the would-be shutdown corner was beaten often enough he'd fallen to nickel-package status.

What's Next: Find another offensive tackle to protect quarterback Sam Bradford when he returns from knee surgery.


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