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article imageNFL: Rams take advantage of Colts with 33-10 victory

By Austin Tyler     Aug 14, 2011 in Sports
We knew Payton Manning was not going to play in the pre-season after having off-season neck surgery. Well the Rams had their starter in Sam Bradford and he looked as if he was ready for the season to start today with his accuracy.
The St. Louis Rams hosted the Indianapolis Colts for a pre-season game last night. The Colts are looking for a back-up at the quarterback position while the Rams are looking for some new weapons for Sam Bradford. The Rams have Steven Jackson who is a lock at running back, but they did add former first round and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams for some depth.
The Colts opened the game with the ball and Curtis Painter (3/6, 55 yards, 1 Int) running the offense. Painter threw an interception on his second pass of the game, and it was picked off by Quintin Mikell who returned 25 yards.
With the good field position Sam Bradford (7/12, 45 yards, 1 TD) took no time in putting points on the board. Bradford hit Lance Kendricks (5 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD) on a six-yard pass that put seven-points on the board for the Rams.
Painter came back on the field and moved Colts 80 yards and put them in field-goal range on 10 plays. Adam Vinatieri came in to put the Colts on the board, and did with a 23-yard made field-goal attempt. The Rams could not move the ball when they came back out behind Bradford and was forced to punt the ball away after a quick three and out.
Dan Orlovsky (4/10, 111 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int) came in and on his second pass threw an interception that was picked off by Craig Dahl who returned it 18-yards. The Rams had good field position after the turnover, but could only move the ball a little which got them into field-goal range. Josh Brown came in to make the 30-yard field-goal which gave them a 10-3 lead.
Orlovsky’s next series was bad but no interception, instead they went three and out and was fore to punt the ball away. Bradford moved the Rams down the field 63-yards before Cadillac Williams ran the ball in from a yard out to give them a 17-3 lead. Orlovsky went three and out again for the Colts and they were forced to punt the ball again. A.J. Feeley (10/14, 100 yards) came in and moved the Rams into field-goal range and Brown made another field-goal to give them a 20-3 lead.
The Colts next possession moved a little bit going 34 yards and 4 plays before being forced to punt again. The Rams started the drive with the run and then Feeley moved them down the field and got them close, but not in true field-goal range. Josh Brown did the work this time to make the field-goal as he booted a 60-yarder that ended the half and put the Rams up 23-3.
St. Louis got the ball out of halftime and Feeley led them down the field 73-yards on nine plays that was finished by a Keith Toston (11 carries, 64 yards, 1 TD) five-yard touchdown run. The touchdown gave the Rams a 27-point lead that made the score 30-3.
Orlovsky finally was able to put a good drive together as he moved the Colts 84-yards in four plays. The drive was short because Orlovsky hit Taj Smith (1 reception, 44 yards, 1 TD) for a 44-yard touchdown pass. That drive was the first time the Colts touched the endzone in the game and made the score 30-10.
The Colts defense shut down the Rams attack by forcing them to go three and out, and punt the ball away. The Colts gave the ball right back though as Orlovsky threw his second interception of the night, but this time to Jermale Hines who returned 16 yards. The Colts defense still held them tough and forced them to kick another long field-goal. This time Brown knocked in a 53-yarder that sealed the scoring for the game as the final score was 33-10.
The fourth quarter was just going through the motions to see the rookies and evaluate as neither team scored or had a turnover.
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