A string of ugly wins is thing of beauty to Rams' Fisher

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bills defensive end Mario Williams, left, forces a fumble by Rams quarterback Sam Bradford during the first half of Sunday’s game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bradford recovered the ball on the play. (Bill Wippert ~ Associated Press)

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have their first three-game winning streak since the end of the 2006 season, and they make no apologies for the way they're doing it.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday he's less concerned about how his team wins than getting the victory. The Rams, coming off a 15-12 victory at Buffalo, held the fourth-ranked rushing offense to just 61 yards and saw its special teams stymie one of the best return teams in the league.

"To win a game like this in a hard place to play, against a team like that, we had to play that well. We had to play good in all three phases, or good enough in three," Fisher said. "Good in special teams and good on defense."

That "good enough" was directed at the St. Louis offense that continues to struggle to score points. Fisher said the Rams can't continue to rely on its defense and special teams to overcome the league's 29th-ranked scoring offense.

Brandon Gibson's touchdown catch with 48 seconds left in Sunday's game marked just the fourth offensive touchdown for St. Louis during its three-game stretch. It also capped a relatively mediocre day for Bradford, who completed 19 of 39 attempts for 207 yards. He also threw an interception. The Rams had 285 yards of total offense.

"At the end of the day a win's a win," Fisher said. "We're not equipped like New England to put 40 up on everybody. Hopefully we'll get to that point, but right now we're finding ways to win."

It was a similar formula as the two previous wins. The defense scored 14 of the team's 31 points at Arizona, and the offense didn't score a touchdown in its overtime victory against San Francisco last week. But the offense found a way to get in position to score when necessary against the 49ers, with Greg Zuerlein kicking a field goal as time expired in regulation and another to win the game in overtime.

Against the Bills, the Rams drove 84 yards in just over four minutes for the winning touchdown.

"Anytime you can go out and win a game in the final minutes, it can give you confidence," Bradford said. "It's not the first time we've done that this year. We've done it a couple of times, but to do it on the road, and in those conditions, it says a lot about our offense."

Fisher also believes it says a lot about his team in general.

After the Rams opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 70 yard touchdown drive, the Bills scored on the ensuing possession to grab a 12-7 lead. They failed on a two-point conversion attempt.

The quick turnaround didn't seem to bother the Rams, Fisher said.

"There was no panic. It was just, 'Let's play, let's answer,'" he said. "What's good is they're learning not to look at the scoreboard. They're just learning to play. You play hard, you play consistent, than the score should usually take care of itself. "

St. Louis hosts Minnesota on Sunday.

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