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St. Louis Rams Beat Seattle Seahawks, Could Vault Into First Place

The St. Louis Rams have beaten the Seattle Seahawks 20-3, improving to 2-2, beating their rivals for the first time in 11 tries, and looking at a possible share of first place in the NFC West for the first time in what seems like a hundred years.

With Steven Jackson still dealing with a groin injury, rookie quarterback Sam Bradford took on his biggest share of the offense yet, throwing 23 completions in 41 chances for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. But Jackson continued to play a major role; after a slow start he finished with 22 rushes for 70 yards, as well as three receptions for 54 more.

The Seahawks finished with 257 total yards, but struggled to put big plays together; Matt Hasselbeck finished with fewer than 200 yards on 36 attempts, and Justin Forsett managed fewer than 3.5 yards per carry. Hasselbeck’s fourth quarter interception left the Seahawks finally in the lurch.

Other Rams contributors: Mark Clayton again led the team in receiving yards, picking up 72 in five catches. Brandon Gibson caught his first touchdown pass of the year, and finished with 50 yards on three receptions. For all the team’s pregame concerns, backup running backs Keith Toston and Kenneth Darby made just three carries, although Darby caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter.