Rams coach Jeff Fisher said it best as he talked about his team's 31-17 win in Arizona Sunday.
"It seems like for weeks or forever we've been talking about turnovers," Fisher said. "We kept saying that they often times come in bunches, and they did today."
They sure did. After a drought that saw the Rams go five weeks without a takeaway and a victory, they feasted on rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley, intercepting four passes, including two returned for touchdowns by rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins. He is just the fourth rookie in history to have two such returns in a game and the first rams player ever to do it.
The first tied the game after the Cardinals had taken an early 7-0 lead, and the second gave the Rams a 28-17 lead in the third quarter.
Jenkins had a stretch where he was beaten for big plays, often when he guessed wrong. On this day, he got it right.
Said Fisher, "He recognized things. He recognized the formation. He recognized the route, jumped in front of it. My first thing was to tell him, 'Hey, you can't do that again because they're going to go up top next time.' Just because you did it once doesn't mean you can do it again in the same formation. The second one, we dodged a bullet with the second one. I was concerned because Cort (Cortland Finnegan) had gotten caught up in the run fake and they had a guy that was wide open down on our side. The quarterback didn't see it, threw to Jenks and it went the other way. Sometimes those things happen. We needed bounces and breaks like that."
As defensive end Chris long said, "We've kept saying that it's nothing we're not doing, it's just the ball just has to bounce our way. We have to create our own luck. All of a sudden they come in bundles."
The win kept the Rams unbeaten in the NFC West with a 3-0-1 record as they prepare to host the San Francisco 49ers this week, just three weeks after the two teams fought their way to a 24-24 tie in San Francisco.
Said Long, "We have to look forward to having a chance to get back at San Francisco; a really good team. We're just going to have to come in and beat them on Sunday."
The first San Francisco game was where running back Steven Jackson began his resurgence. After injuring his groin in Week 2 against Washington, Jackson had just 403 yards on 108 attempts (3.7 per attempt) after eight games.
Then came the team's bye and the passing of the trading deadline where there had been frequent rumors of a deal that would have sent Jackson elsewhere.
In the last three games, starting with a 29-carry, 101-yard performance against the 49ers, Jackson has rushed for 321 yards on 66 attempts (4.9-yard average). Against Arizona, he ran 24 times for 139 yards and had 39 yards on seven carries in a fourth-quarter drive that took 6:59 off the clock and ended with a field goal that gave the Rams a 31-17 lead.
Said quarterback Sam Bradford of Jackson, "He took over today. He was just in one of those modes today. I've seen it before. It's that look in his eye, he's not going to be stopped. I thought those guys up front opened up some holes for him, but you can't say enough about him. He played tremendous today."
"That's Steven,” Fisher said. “We built this game plan around him today. He took it over. Winning on the road is hard, but when you can put a seven-minute drive together in the fourth quarter, with a lead, you've got a chance to win games like that."
As for Bradford, the week before against the Jets, he averaged just 7.4 yards on his 23 completions in a 27-13 loss. While he only completed eight passes against Arizona, most were big plays. The shortest completion was 13 yards and he had plays of 22, 25, 37 (twice) and 38 yards. The two 37-yard plays were touchdowns to wide receiver Chris Givens and tight end Lance Kendricks. Givens had five receptions for 115 yards and he is now averaging 21.2 yards per reception on 22 catches this season.
Bradford also had the wind knocked out of him on an incompletion in the second quarter and left the field for one play. When he came back, he hit Givens for 18 yards on third-and-10. After three Steven Jackson runs for 15 yards, Bradford connected with Kendricks for the 37-yard touchdown that tied the game at 14 with 1:53 left in the first half.
Asked if there was any chance he wasn't coming back in the game, Bradford said, "No, not at all. It really wasn't even that bad. I just got the wind knocked out of me. I knew that as soon I could I was getting back out there. Fortunately, I got in there and got a big third-down conversion to (lead to a) score."
Amendola plays: Wide receiver Danny Amendola didn't practice all week and was in a walking boot because of a heel injury suffered against the Jets. Listed as doubtful on the injury report, Amendola lobbied hard to play Sunday and was surprisingly active for the game. He played sparingly, but did contribute a 38-yard reception.
Said Fisher, "Danny got out, he got warmed up. He was not pain-free, but we felt like he could go. We talked to the medical staff and felt like there would not be a setback. It does not mean that we will practice (him) very much this week, but he couldn't have a setback. He's only getting better. So, we gave him a shot."
Said Amendola, It felt good in pregame, and we just decided that I could probably manage it during the game. ... Coach did a good job being smart about it and not overdoing it, but at the same time I wanted to go out there and help my team win."
Simply noting: With center Scott Wells returning to the starting lineup after being activated from injured reserve, the Rams were able to use their starting unit for the first time since Wells suffered a broken foot in the season opener. Wells' return allowed Rob Turner to move to left guard where they have started Quinn Ojinnaka and Shelley Smith since the first game.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein continues to struggle with field goals on the road. Zuerlein missed three field-goal attempts, all to the left, in a loss to Miami, and missed a 35-yard attempt to the left Sunday against Arizona.