Robert Quinn dominated again in Week 16 with three sacks, making him the St. Louis Rams single-season record holder. His third sack of the day was the exclamation point in a Rams victory over the Tampa Buccaneers on the last play of the game. His name certainly has to be in the mix for DPOY after his performance today.
Quinn’s season total of 18 sacks with one game remaining puts him in the league lead over Robert Mathis. The Rams defense controlled the game and brought pressure from all over, as five players had at least a sack. Joining in on the fun were Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, Alec Ogletree and T.J. McDonald.
The defensive unit held the Buccaneers offense to 170 total yards on the day. A pass defense that has been ridiculed all season has seemingly stepped up for the second straight game, only allowing Mike Glennon to pass for 158 yards and zero TDs. Rookie Alec Ogletree improved his candidacy for DROY by adding two fumbles to bring his total to six on the season. He helped a Rams offense that had turned the ball over twice itself, drawing the turnover battle to even.
Perhaps more impressive for this team was how effective they were in stopping the run. St. Louis held starting tailback Bobby Rainey to 37 yards on 20 carries. Overall, the Bucs were limited to 59 rushing yards as a team. This Rams team had been exposed against the run several times this season, but they filled the gaps well and got into the backfield with relative ease. It looked like they were determined to blitz heavy from the get go and pressure Glennon into quick throws so they could limit his shots down field.
The increased focus on the blitz worked out well for St. Louis as WR Vincent Jackson was the only Buc to make an impact receiving. Even though he had five catches for 98 yards, he was held without a touchdown and was targeted 10 times. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson defended one pass each, benefiting from the increased pressure on Glennon.
The defense performed well for the second week in a row, but the Rams rode on the coat tails of Robert Quinn for the victory. Another great performance like this one could thrust him to the top of the DPOY race. Not to mention, it would be sweet for a Ram to bring home the first ever Deacon Jones Award for leading the league in sacks.