The Rams put themselves in position to win late at Washington, but a Donnie Avery fumble was recovered by the Skins on their own seven yard line.  From there,  Washington held on for the 9-7 win dropping the Rams to 0-2 on the season.

The Rams defense bent from never broke as Washington got into the redzone five times.  On three of those opportunities they came away with short field goals of 21, 28, and 23.  Down 6-0, the Rams put together a nice 10 play, 84 yard drive that was capped by a two yard touchdown catch from Marc Bulger to Laurent Robinson.

The Rams led 7-6 at the half, and after Washington’s third field goal in the third quarter, it looked like the Rams would take the lead again as they were driving until Avery’s fumble.  Washington got down inside the Rams five late and went for it on 4 th and one, but the Rams stuffed Ladell Betts taking over deep in their own territory late.

Under pressure and unable to get the Rams out from beyond their goal post shadows, Bulger misfired on a long pass to Avery on fourth down and Washington ran out the clock in the closing seconds.

Marc Bulger was just 15 of 28 for 125 yards and one touchdown and Steven Jackson rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries.  It was Jackson’s 58 yard run that helped set up the Rams only touchdown as he passes Dick Bass for fourth on the Rams’ all-time rushing list.  While the Rams defense actually held Washington out of the end zone, the offense continues to struggle now with just one TD in its first two games.