Backup running back Kenneth Darby scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, the defense allowed only three points in the second half and Sam Bradford earned his first NFL win as the Rams overcame Jackson’s groin injury in a 30-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work for this,” Bradford said. “To get to celebrate with those guys, it was a great feeling.”
“What I told the team was any win in the NFL feels good,” Spagnuolo said. “When you can rise above some adverse situations, it’s even better. Nobody bailed out, nobody panicked.”
St. Louis topped its previous best of 23 points under Spagnuolo in a five-point loss to the Saints last November and shook off disappointment from a pair of losses to open the season by a total of six points. Bradford was 23 for 37 for 235 yards and one touchdown and one interception for the Rams, spreading the ball to nine receivers.
“All the signs point to that it’s not a tear,” Jackson said. “I’m just praying and hoping it’s not going to be a serious injury.”
The Redskins had 116 yards rushing, exceeding their total of 106 yards for the first two games. But they were only 1 for 10 on third down conversions and three times had to settle for chip shot field goals by Graham Gano.
“When you get in the red zone, you’ve just got to score,” McNabb said. “You can’t keep getting field goals. That’s not going to cut it.”
Gano also was the Redskins‘ stand-in punter after Josh Bidwell felt something pop in his hip during pregame warmups, and got his first attempt blocked.
The Rams led 14-0 after their first two scores in the first quarter this season, fell behind when the Redskins scored 16 straight points plus blocked a chip-shot field goal, and played keep-away after the break. They stymied the Redskins defensively despite going with a pair of backup safeties much of the game, and got impressive work from the reserve running backs after Jackson was sidelined with a groin injury in the second quarter.
“They came right at us, and we weren’t ready,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “Thirty points, that’s very unacceptable. They just kept hitting us with big plays.”
Santana Moss had six receptions for 124 yards and a score for Washington (1-2), but also lost a fumble in the first half that led to a touchdown for St. Louis. Donovan McNabb, who gets his homecoming game at Philadelphia next week, was 19 for 32 for 236 yards with one touchdown and an interception.