Even before Sam Bradford snapped out of it, the St. Louis Rams had enough points. Their fast-improving defense saw to that.
Bradford busted a lengthy slump with a 52-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens for a two-touchdown cushion, and Robert Quinn had three of the Rams' nine sacks on Kevin Kolb to keep the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals in check in a 17-3 victory Thursday night.
Arizona (4-1) had no luck containing a pass rush that had totaled just six sacks on the year.
Lance Kendricks caught a 7-yard TD pass in the first quarter and Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Rams (3-2), who are 3-0 at home and ended Arizona's seven-game winning streak in St. Louis -- the Cardinals' home before leaving for the desert in 1988.
The Rams, under new coach Jeff Fisher, are above .500 for the first time since they were 4-3 on Nov. 4, 2006.
Bradford had been 3 for 16 for 25 yards and an end-zone interception since the opening drive. Undoubtedly, he missed Danny Amendola, sidelined in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.
Arizona's loss leaves Atlanta and Houston as the only remaining unbeaten teams. The Cardinals were still the
Steelers: Rookie offensive guard David DeCastro's injured right knee is feeling better, and the first-round draft pick out of Stanford is optimistic he'll return at some point this season. He had surgery last month to repair damage suffered during a preseason win over Buffalo on Aug. 25. The Steelers placed him on the injured reserve-recall list, meaning he could be activated at some point during the second half of the year. "I don't have any pain, so I'm just working hard to try to get back," said DeCastro, who is limited to work on a stationary bike but is walking without a brace.
Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy ruled wide receiver Greg Jennings out of Sunday's game at Indianapolis because of a nagging groin injury.
Giants: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks won't play in Sunday's game against Cleveland because of recurring left foot and knee problems. Also, the status of backup Ramses Barden (concussion) is uncertain.
Bills: Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson was ruled out of Sunday's game against the 49ers because of an ankle injury. Coach Chan Gailey also said offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik will miss at least two games with ankle injuries.
Browns: Jimmy Haslam III, whose $1 billion purchase of the team is expected to be approved by owners later this month, said he has no plans to make any personnel changes "until after the year."