St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Rams are still 0 for the season as they drop a 27-20 decision to the Cleveland Browns before 62,777 fans Sunday afternoon at Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams struck first on their opening possession going 76-yards in 6-plays for a touchdown. Steven Jackson ran it in from the 2 for the score. Jeff Wilkins’ extra point made it St. Louis 7, Cleveland 0.
It was 3 and out for the Browns on their first possession. St. Louis got bck the ball and drove down field for another score. This time, Torry Holt caught a 1-yard Marc Bulger touchdown pass to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive. Wilkins’ PAT made it St. Louis 14, Cleveland 0.
Cleveland got on the board on its next set of downs. Phil Dawson’s 35-yard field goal capped a 7-play, 35-yard drive that made the score St. Louis 14, Cleveland 3. That’s how the 1st quarter ended with the Rams driving on the Cleveland 42.
The Rams got at far as the 33 failing to pick up a 1st down on a 4th and 1. And, the Browns used the momentum from that big stop to drive down field for a score. The 9-play, 67-yard drive came to an end as Derek Anderson fired a 12-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards to cut the Rams’ lead to 14-10 after Dawson booted the extra point.
Cleveland went ahead 17-14 as Anderson fired a 21-yard pass to Kellen Winslow to put the finishing touches on n 8-play, 65-yard drive with Dawson kicking the extra point.
St. Louis then tied it on the team’s final drive of the half as Wilkins connected on a 40-yard field goal to end an 8-play, 52-yard drive. St. Louis 14, Cleveland 14.
Cleveland got the ball to start the 2nd half and wasted little time cashing in. Braylon Edwards caught his second TD pass of the afternoon on an Anderson strike from the 5. The scoring drive took 12-plays and 80-yards to complete, with Dawson’s PAT giving the Browns a 24-17 lead.
The Rams cut the lead to 24-20 on its next series of downs. On that drive, Gus Frerotte took over as signal caller from Marc Bulger who was being evaluated for what was called a thumb injury. The drive stalled short of a major, but Wilkins was able to nail his second field goal of the day, a 46-yard strike to cap a 12-play, 47-yard drive. The 3rd quarter came to an end with the Browns up 24-20.
Cleveland scored a field goal early in the 4th quarter as Dawson sliced the uprights from 45 yards out to cap a 12-play, 45-yard drive to make the score Browns 27, Rams 20.
That’s how the score would stay as the Rams were unable to score again. They came close in the final minutes of the game as they drove from the St. Louis 24 to the Cleveland 46, but Marc Bulger’s pass for Torry Holt was picked off by Leigh Bodden and the Browns were able to run out the clock for the 27-20 win.
Steven Jackson, who left the game with an injury, was the Rams’ leading ground gainer with 41 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown. In the passing department, Bulger completed 24 of 36 passes for 310 yards and a TD. Gus Frerotte, who relieved Bulger, completed 1 pass in 3 attempts for 12 yards. Torry Holt caught 6 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
The 0-8 Rams have a bye week next Sunday, getting back into action on November 11th against the Saints at the Superdome in New Orleans.